Aren’t these adorable? They’re super easy, and so eye catching. I just learned how to do them yesterday. That blue one up in the right hand corner is my very first attempt. Cute, eh? That’s how easy it is! Success in one go.
First of all, let me clearly state, I did not create this technique. But, I don’t remember where I got the instructions from (which is pathetic, considering I only learned yesterday). So, here’s my version of the tut for these large paper flowers:
1 – Take a sheet of PP 5×5″
2 – Fold it in half diagonally once
Three times. I use a Popsicle Stick to help make the crease sharp.
3 – Holding the triangle with the cut edge up, cut a semi-circle along the top, rather like you would if you were making a paper heart. Sharp scissors are essential for this, as you’re cutting through several layers of paper.
( If you want to ink the edges, I suggest doing so at this point.)
4 – When you open the paper, you’ll discover this lovely flower taking shape.
5 – Crinkle the paper up. This does 2 things: 1 – gives it a lovely vintage feel. 2 – makes the paper easier to manipulate for the next steps.
(If you want to do any additional distressing/inking, this is the point to do it)
6 – Flip the flower upside down, pattern down. Set your jumbo brad in the centre.
7 – Gather the petals behind the brad, pinching along the tines of the brad. Wrap a small elastic (1″) 2-3 times around. You want to leave it as elastic as possible, whilst still cinching the paper in. You should have something that resembles a Badminton Shuttlecock at this point.
8 – Spread the petals back out, and set the tines of the brad. This is where the elasticity of the rubber band is important. The more stretch, the flatter your flower can be.
9 – Ta da! Now your flower is ready for any additional decorative touches (I quite like using a bit of bling/glitter).
10 – Use on a project.
If you need further instructions or additional clarification on any point, feel free to leave me a note here, and I’ll get back to you.