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How To Make Paper Flowers

Sunday, October 11, 2009

How To Make Paper Flowers

Are you wondering how to make paper flowers for a special event in your life?  Maybe you want flowers that won't wilt before the party, some that you can have ready ahead of time where you don't have to wait till the last minute to go out and buy them put them in some water and arrange them before your guests arrive, or maybe you want something you have made yourself to show off, or something that you can use over again and again, and where you can save a lot of money by making them yourself.
It isn't hard to make paper flowers you will need a few materials and tools, which you probably already have a lot of these things in your home if you do crafting. Such as scissors, craft glue, floral wire, floral tape, wire cutter, either quilters plastic or thin cardboard for making your templates or patterns, knitting needle, and a ruler this is a lot of what you might need.
Next you will need to cut out all the parts for your flowers, then you will start making the flower itself by putting the petals in the order that they need to be, the instructions for your paper flower will tell you how and where they are to be arranged and if they need any type of shaping.
If your flower has a stamen then you can use an artificial one or you can make your own, usually if the flower instructions calls for a stamen then there should also be a pattern for making the stamen for the flower. When making your flower then add the stamen to the stem with glue and sometimes you will need to wire it to the stem to hold it in place on the stem before you add the petals of your flower.
When you make the leaves you may want to add a small wire down the center of the leaf for more support, either on the underside of your leaf or it can be sandwiched between two leaf shapes, I prefer this method all you need to do is place the wire between two leaf shapes, glue the wire down the center of one of the leaves then glue the two leaf shapes together, then using a knitting needle draw a few lines in the leaf (do not press to hard or you may tear your leaf) so it looks like the veins of a leaf for a more realistic look.
The next step is to wrap the flower stem with floral tape, then re-wrap the stem this time adding your leaves as you wrap the stem here and there down the stem to make it look like a real flower stem.
You may want to add a little color to the flower, if so you will need to do this before you put the flower petals together so you can get the color where you want it to go. There are several different ways to add color to your flowers you can use craft paints, colored markers (they may bleed into the paper), crayons, and chalk are some.
To make your paper flowers shine and make them hold their shape better you may want to get a spray gloss that is for paper projects and spray your paper flowers. This will bring out the colors more and give your flowers a nice shine.
For some of your paper flower projects you may want to add a little glitter or beads to add a little dazzle to them. All you need is glitter that you can find in craft stores spray the flower with a little spray glue sprinkle on some glitter let dry and spray with spray gloss, this helps keep the glitter from shedding. If you like beads then get glue that dries clear and add the glue to the flower and stick on the bead, do not use a heavy bead or it will weigh down your flower petals, you can use beads for the flower center or just put them here and there on the petals to make your flower fancy.
This is how to make paper flowers. There are books on the Internet that gives you detailed instructions, patterns, what tools and materials you need for each flower, and shows a finished picture. So if this makes you want to try your hand at making paper flowers then check out the Internet for some of the books and information on them.
Jane Morris
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