With their pretty colors and diverse shapes, flowers are fun to have around. However, growing the real thing requires a bit of effort and maintenance. If you’re one of those people who lack a green thumb or just the time to use it, consider folding paper flowers for spring. With a little patience and the right materials, you can make flowers that will last much longer than real ones.
To fold paper flowers for spring, you’ll need:
The first step to folding paper flowers for spring is to cut your paper sheets into rectangles that measure around 4 inches by 3 inches. Then, rip each paper square into a petal shape. When you do this by hand, you’ll be giving the petals a natural look because real flower petals have different shapes and uneven edges. To get quality paper, shop at places like Michaels and Scrapbook.
A Bit of Paint
With your watercolor paint, coat each paper petal, allowing the color to fade from one side to the other. Try to give it an ombre type look. Set the paper petals out to dry. The next step is to make a stem by cutting a piece of the floral tape. Then, form a small tear toward the end of each paper petal. Slide the wire up through the tear and attach the petals with hot glue. Stagger the petals as you glue, continuing to add them until you’ve made a flower. To connect the flower to the stem, wrap the bottom section with floral tape.
Shape the Petals
To shape your paper petals, crinkle and bend them a little until they look soft and natural. Then, take a small piece of dark colored paper and roll it into a ball. Glue one of these paper balls into the center of every flower, making the flower look more real and covering the floral wire. Place your pretty paper flower into a vase or a mason jar to brighten up any room in your home.
A Few Folding Tips
If your paper flowers require a few layers, use papers with different weights. Heavy pieces give your flowers structure while lighter ones make them appear more delicate. Also, when you’re wrapping stems with floral tape, begin the process at the top by holding the strip of tape at a 45-degree angle. If any of the petals become crumpled or mussed, then you can fix them with your thumbs. On occasion, you may want to place real flowers around your home. Take a look at the ones available from Pro Flowers.
Paper flower folding instructions came from Love Grows Wild.
We found folding tips from Design Sponge.