Introduction: DIY Paper Flowers (Folding Tricks)

I learned how to make paper rose from a friend few months ago. But it hit me just now that the technique she used to make the rose can also be used to make flowers with different patterns. It's all in the- folding the paper and cutting the petals... By using this technique you can make a number of beautiful flowers with different patterns.

Grab some craft paper and get started!

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Step 1: Materials Needed

To make these flowers you'll need:

  1. Craft paper,
  2. Scissor,
  3. Glue.,
  4. Round object (small paint brush will work).

Step 2: 6 Petals

You will need 4 pieces of craft paper of the same size. I used 4 X 4 inches craft papers.

Fold the paper into half and then into even thirds.

You can draw the pattern of the petal on the folded paper or you can simply cut the top of the folded paper into an arch shape. Similarly cut 3 more as you'll need 4 of these. This way you'll get 6 petals on each paper.

Again cut the 6 petaled papers as shown in the 5th picture of this step.

Use the small paint brush or any small round object to create curves on the petals.

Apply glue on one side of the petaled papers and join it with the other side.

Now we have - 2 pieces with 5 petals, 1 with 4 petals, 2 with 3 petals, 1 with 2 petals and 2 with 1 petal.

Start gluing the pieces (petaled papers), one on the top of the other one. Try to arrange them nicely to create a beautiful pattern. The ones with more petals should be on the bottom and the ones with fewer petals should be on the top.

Step 3: 8 Petals

You will need 4 same size craft papers for this flower as well.

Fold the paper into half 3 times and the paper will look like the one in picture-3 of this step.

Cut the top of the folded paper into a pointy shape. Similarly cut 3 more because you'll need 4 of these. This way you'll get 8 petals on each pieces of paper.

Again cut the 8 petaled papers as shown in the 5th picture of this step.

Use the small paint brush to create curves on the petals and use glue to join the edges of each cut out petals.

Now we have - 1 piece with 7 petals, 1 with 6 petals, 1 with 5 petals, 2 with 4 petals, 1 with 3 petals, 1 with 2 petals and 1 with 1 petal.

Arrange the pieces nicely by gluing the ones with fewer petals on the top.

Take a small pieces of yellow craft paper and cut fine fringes on them. Roll the fringed paper and glue it in the center of the flower.

Allow the glue to dry.

Step 4: 12 Petals

You will also need 4 craft papers to make this flower.

Fold the paper into half 2 times and then into even thirds.

Cut the top of the folded paper into an arch shape. Cut 3 more. This way it will create 12 petals on each piece of paper.

Again cut the 12 petaled papers as shown in the 5th picture of this step.

Create curves on the petals and join the edges of each piece using glue.

Now we have - 1 piece with 11 petals, 1 with 10 petals, 1 with 9 petals, 1 with 8 petals, 1 with 1 petal, 1 with 2 petals, 1 with 3 petals and 1 with 4 petals.

Glue the pieces (petaled papers) one by one by keeping the more petaled pieces on the bottom.

Try to arrange the pieces nicely.

Allow the glue to dry.

Step 5: 4 Petals

This one's really cute! You will need 3 pieces of craft papers for this flower.

Fold the paper into half 2 times.

Cut the top of the folded paper into an arch shape. Similarly cut 2 more.

Again cut the petaled papers as shown in the 4th picture of this step.

We have- 2 pieces of papers with 3 petals, 2 with 2 petals and 2 with 1 petal.

Now glue them one by one like we've done for the previous ones.

Use yellow paper to make stamen and glue it in the center of the flower.

Done! You can add stem, leaves and place the flowers in a vase or you can also make wreath, wall decor and many more suing these flowers. Make some right away... you never know, you might come up with another pretty pattern :)

Enjoy!

Comments

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kghornsten (author)2017-05-21

Beautiful instructions. Very similar to the way I make my rose. Thank you. I also use a sizzix flower die to do the same steps of removing petals and gluing and assembly. Thank you.

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untamned4now (author)2017-02-08

Im going to try these today... If i have any questions il text back and thanks for sharing :)

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untamned4now (author)2017-02-06

I think i get it

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animeaksh made it! (author)2016-06-29

I made my own version! Thank You for the cute flower ideas!

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LiliR (author)2015-04-05

Would you mind showing more clearly how to fold the squares in order to get the different petals, please? :)

The description really isn't clear and in the images, it jumps from one fold to a completely different shape that underwent several folds that aren't described clearly enough for me to really understand.

So, if you could, pleaaaaaase explain to me how you did this! I would appreciate it because these flowers are so pretty and I'd like to make a few :). If it helps, I can add images of what I understand from the instructions. (these are from the 12 petals one) thank you so much in advance!

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AunjaN made it! (author)LiliR2016-05-06

Step three led you astray. The "fold evenly into thirds" isn't meant to fold via the way you would to get a 8.5x11 piece of paper into a business envelope. Instead you have to fold it into thirds the way you would fold paper if you were making a Japanese-style, handheld fan. The pictures below show how I do it.

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LiliR (author)AunjaN2016-05-06

Oh my goodness thank you so much! I'll try it this way!

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)LiliR2015-04-06

Hello, you should check the first flower tutorial (step -2) for detailed and clear instructions.

The only trick is the folding and the other steps are the same. Folding the squares is very easy, the more petals you want the more folds you'll need to make. Just keep in mind to make the folds evenly in order to make neat and even petals. That's it!

And one more thing, the first 2 folds are the same for each flower, folding the square paper into half 2 times. The rest of the folds vary. I hope this helps, thanks!

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suebowen (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2016-04-01

This doesn'thelp

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funkyfranny (author)LiliR2016-01-20

I too find the instructions confusing and frustrating. Step 2 shows pink paper in a square pattern then folded in thirds making a rectangle then the next picture is a weird shape that just makes no sense. You need more detailed photos as well as instructions. Apologies but I have found what seem to be gaps in other instructions of yours as well.

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funkyfranny (author)LiliR2016-01-20

I too find the instructions confusing and frustrating. Step 2 shows pink paper in a square pattern then folded in thirds making a rectangle then the next picture is a weird shape that just makes no sense. You need more detailed photos as well as instructions. Apologies but I have found what seem to be gaps in other instructions of yours as well.

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suebowen (author)2016-04-01

The instructions are not understandable on this page . What is meant by folding into two thirds .No explanation is given in what way to do this . All the other descriptions are ok just this one

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Jackiebain (author)2016-01-01

I love these! Who knew creativity could be so simple. I am just wondering, have you tried or do you have any suggestions for putting stems on them?

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littlebittyfishy (author)2015-11-28

Very beautiful.

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Renarde Rousse (author)2015-11-09

These are absolutely gorgeous!

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fantasticx2 (author)2015-10-17

Awesome, you make such lovely pretty things, enjoying reading your crafts! thanks for sharing

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sadiya nawaz (author)2015-10-03

Really nice.....

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nashmore45 (author)2015-09-10

Love these!!

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Krishna Kantc (author)2015-07-14

great I'm going to make one from these and gift it to my friend on her birthday.. Thanks for giving such common steps..

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RosalieD (author)2015-05-03

Very nice! I will sharing this to my kids in school...Thank you for sharing.

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jasara made it! (author)2015-03-20

I tried making the rose and here is how it turned out-

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dashinggurl (author)2015-01-31

waow great job.

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Porda (author)2015-01-26

Great ible. I love how easy it is to make different flowers.

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)Porda2015-01-27

Thanks a bunch!

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Mysterious_Gal (author)2015-01-24

Gorgeous :)

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Vikalpah (author)2015-01-23

These flowers look gorgeous Muhaiminah :)Congrats on being an finalist in paper craft contest :)

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)Vikalpah2015-01-23

Thank you so much Vikalpah! Congratulation to you too :)

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shazni (author)2015-01-23

Congrats on making the finalist!

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)shazni2015-01-23

Thanks Shazni! Congrats to you as well :)

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Salvwi Prasad (author)2015-01-16

Beautiful and colourful

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Luv2cook74 (author)2014-12-15

wow, I must try this too, thanks for the tutorial! :)

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Thanks! love to share craft ideas, no problem!

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:)

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Mayalee (author)2014-12-15

I have made it for a kindly girl and she was so happy : ) Thanks for your idea~

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)Mayalee2014-12-16

Ohww, the flower looks great on her! Thanks so much for sharing the picture :)

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TinaS2 (author)2014-12-07

thanx 4 sharing look gr8!

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msh1353 (author)2014-12-06

thanks for sharing your beautiful project. we say in iran that : i wish a life such as a flower but your life longer (in english : Flourish like a flower, but may your life be longer)

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)msh13532014-12-06

Thanks! That's really nice of you :) I'm happy you like the flowers I made.

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Mireille49 (author)2014-12-05

Oh and by the way, these have to be some of the prettiest flowers I have seen. The instructions are well thought out and the explanations and photos make this almost intuitive. Thank you.

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Thanks! The compliments about the tutorial is making my day everyday! ^_^

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Mireille49 (author)2014-12-05

So I was just wondering about the rose leaves. I can see you folded and cut them out but I wondered if you crumpled them or used the round tool? I am definitely not one of those people who can look at something and say "oh that's what she did".

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I'll post a step-by-step picture of making the rose flower.

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beth_vawter (author)2014-12-05

Would it be possible to make these with scraps of material and spray starch or hair spray as well to keep it stiff?

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I made them with thick craft paper and I they're pretty stiffed, I don't think you need to use spray. Not sure how they will turn out if made using tissue or crepe paper, have to give it a try.

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The Green Gentleman (author)2014-12-04

Really nice job! Wow!

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Thank you so much! ^_^

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Chickim (author)2014-12-04

Beautiful! Thanks for the instructions. I will vote for you for sure!

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)Chickim2014-12-05

Thanks for the vote!

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Liamthe1st (author)2014-12-04

Great I feel the photos tell it all.
Who cares if you fold or stick beautiful flowers either way.
I will add a few LED's and a 3V coin battery. To them for lighting. thank you.

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Thanks! Sounds awesome, share a picture if you make some :)

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