Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paper Flower TUTORIAL: Carnation

For those who would like to know how I create my paper flowers, here's a little treat:

A TUTORIAL on how to make a paper carnation.

For this flower, I used a pretty double-sided card stock paper from Michael's. It's shimmer yellow on one side and really bright yellow on the other, which is great since it adds an extra layer of depth to the flower when seen from different angles.

Same colored papers look lovely, but it would be fun to use a double sided paper, or layer the petals in different colors. See what works best for you.

I call the flower a "carnation", but it looks like a "daisy", too, doesn't it :)

Here is how to make it.

You will need:
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Chopstick
  • Glue
  • Pearl (for the center, optional)
The steps to making this flower are pretty self-explanatory if you look at the image above, but just in case, here they are again:

  1. Cut out a paper heart (or use a heart-shaped paper punch if you have one).
  2. Cut the heart in half.
  3. Cut the half in another half to make the narrow petals. From one paper heart you will get 4 petals.
  4. Round the tip of the petals. make the narrow petals. 
  5. Shape the petals using a chop stick or a thin pencil.
  6. Glue the petals on a circle in two layers.
  7. Fold the petals upward to shape the flower.
  8. Add a pearl or some other embellishment for the center. Or keep it simple with a few more petals that have been fringed and glued to the center.

That's it!

If you have any questions about the making of this flower, please leave me a comment.

Also, see my other tutorials for additional flower shapes and such.

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