Gather your supplies!
- Books you can cut pages out of
- hot glue gun
- x-acto knife (or scissors but be safe)
- floral tape
- cloth stem wire (I use 18G)
Paper cutter board with ruler marks
Step 1: Get Some Books and Cut Out the Pages
Alright, I know it's hard to tear apart books, but find some books you don't mind tearing apart. I would recommend getting something with pages at least 5"-6" in width. I make my squares 4"x4" and my pages are 6" wide I believe. Start dissembling your book by cutting the pages out.
Step 2: Cut Out Squares and Fold Them
Cut out 4"x4" squares and fold them three times as shown. I used a cutting board to save time, but you can also use a ruler. Each flower requires 4 squares.
Step 3: Make Your Template and Cut Out Your Petals
I make one petal template and use that for all my flowers so that they are all the same. Cut all of the petals. It should have 8 petals when it folds out.
Step 4: Cut Your Different Petal Sizes
First cut one petal out so that you now have a 7 piece and a 1 piece.
Then cut 6 petals and 2 petals.
Next cut a 3 petal and 5 petal.
Last cut out two 4 petals. One of the 4 petals will be extra, but can be used for the next flower.
Step 5: Glue Your Petals and Curl the Petals
With a hot glue gun, glue the first and last petals together of each portion, making sure to overlap the petals properly. Curl the tips of the petals with a toothpick for all of the flowers other than the 1 & 2 petal. For those, you're use the toothpick to curl it around itself as shown.
Step 6: Glue the Layers Together
Put glue on the 6 petal (now 5 petals with the overlap) and glue it into the larger one. Continue this with all of the petals. Alternate the location of the petals when gluing. For the 3 petal, I round it out a bit. For the last two, I usually push them into the center otherwise they stick out pretty far.
Step 7: Add Your Stem
Hot glue your stem into the hole on the bottom. I cut my stem wire in half for each flower, but use whatever length you need for your application. Use floral tape to cover up the glued wire. I use two pieces and hot glue them around the insertion of the stem. And you're done! Enjoy :)