Paper flowers can be absolutely gorgeous and last so much longer than fresh flowers. You can use paper flowers to enhance a room, give as a gift or decorate a party. However, they can be really expensive to purchase or difficult to make. I have found some easy to follow tutorials that give great results.
I have tried all of these tutorials myself and you can see the results. These paper flowers cost pence to make and do not take too long so take a look and have a go!
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I saw these delicate flowers and could not resist having a go at them. You can find the tutorial which includes a great video tutorial at dreamyposy.com. They turned out beautifully and I enjoyed making them, despite Emily the cat helping me. Hot melt glue, tissue paper and a cat are not a happy combination! Each flower took me about half an hour and was really quite relaxing, not too fiddly. A few of these would look great in a vase. There is a large selection of tissue paper at The Works.com. They also do packs of particular colours if you are looking to match a colour scheme.
I love this rose. I enjoyed making it and I think it looks fabulous. If I find the time I might make a vase full of them! The tutorial is at 100layercake.com and is easy to follow. You can use any book you like. I bought an old music book at a charity shop just to produce craft items with. You will see it throughout my blog as I progress. The rose took a little while because of cutting all the pieces out and rolling them. As the book I am using is old the paper is easy to tear which caused its own problems. However, I think it was worth it for the result.
These are very similar to the book rose above. The tutorial is at pillarboxblue.com. My roses are made from an A-Z map and to be honest the paper was a bit stiff. I tried to get an old map to use but all the maps I could find were one-sided and I really wanted two-sided. I also made one using a vintage map printed from the internet. Again, the paper is a bit stiff. I think that these would look stunning with softer, more flexible paper.
Hanging Flower Decoration
This really surprised me. The tutorial is available at lynettesphotoart.blogspot.com. I really like the result much more than I expected to. It looks really pretty. I have it hanging in my study/craft room. Again, I have used my old music book which gives it a nice aged look. If I had to pick a flower that it was most like it would be the chrysanthemum. It probably tool me about an hour to make but I do not have a punch so I made all my circles using a pair of compasses and scissors!
I have decided that this tutorial makes a peony. It is available at designeverydayblog.com. Update: this tutorial appears to have gone now but I will aim to produce a replacement tutorial. The tutorial is really easy to follow and I was pleased with the result. It is a variation on a theme that people have been making for years. I like the introduction of the yellow centre. It really makes the flower.
This tutorial at heyletsmakestuff.com is very inspiring and easy to follow. These flowers are super easy to make and you can produce them in bulk to decorate an event very quickly and inexpensively. I used paper napkins bought from IKEA for £1.25 for a pack of 50. So, they cost 2.5p per flower! These are super quick to make, taking about 10 minutes each. You could make the basic flowers and then fluff them up later whilst watching television if you were mass producing them. Endless colour options available so you can be really creative.
They remind me of being a child when we made hundreds of them for carnivals!
So, I hope you feel inspired to get creative. Let me know how you get on and add any tutorial links you think are brilliant.
If you like paper flowers perhaps you would like to have a go at fabric flowers featured in my earlier post.
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