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Make Bouquets of Paper Flowers

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In this instructable I have combined methods in various, previous instructables that I have made. Some new techniques are inserted so that entire bouquets can be made for your pleasure or gifts as desired.
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

Paper of various colors
Glue, white pva, and hot melt glue with glue gun
Scissors
Wire cutters
Florist's wire and tape
Acrylic paint and brushes
Styrofoam or eps foam
Hotwire machine (optional if styrofoam is used)
Wood dowels for flower centers
Pencils, pens, straight edges
Burnishing tool
Pliers

Step 2: Cutting Paper Elements/Patterns

All parts of flowers are cut manually with scissors. You will be cutting petals, leaves, stems, stamens, pistils, etc. Real flowers are used as patterns, the included pictures show flower part patterns made from them. I save my patterns, so can make more flowers with less time involved, not starting from scratch each time. If you want to make some flowers, use pictures of patterns and draw from these. Photos can be copied, if desired, and enlarged or made smaller depending on your needs.

Step 3: Some Specialized Treatments

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To include:
Painting parts of flowers, e.g., the centers of pansies, geranium leaves, etc.
Making water drops with hot melt glue.
Painting water drops.
Display sign
Dragon fly, bee, and butterfly made from paper. Butterfly is painted.

Step 4: California Poppy

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All paper part are cut by hand. Good scissor and steady hands allow you to cut delicate leaves, petals stamins, etc.

Step 5: Paper Daisies

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Fun to make, lot of individual  pieces, amazing variety, one of the first flowers of spring! A complete instructable is found here:   http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Paper-Daisies/      Pictures included show layout of petals, various materials to make centers with, and using floral wire and tape to make stems.

Step 6: Cosmos

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Note how flower is mounted on a styrofoam base. Styrofoam is cut to shape with hot wire and is then glued to a tile base.  The weight of the tile stabilizes the display when the floral wire is inserted into the bae piece.

Step 7: Lilly

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Lillies are fun a they are extremely dramatic in form and color! The large lilly is cut out of acrylic painted computer printout paper. Look closely and you can see some printed data!

Step 8: Zinnia

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Zinnias have many many petals!  Patience and diligence pays off here. Each petal is individually scored to add to the realism.

Step 9: Sunflower

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Everybody's favorite!

Step 10: Geranium

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To make the geranium in paper, I went to the garden and picked a few samples I had growing.  Realism is achieved in details, cutting, painting, arranging, etc.

Step 11: Pansies

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Step 12: Bachelor Buttons

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For the bachelor buttons, each leaf is cut and as you can see there are many of them. They were fun to make, however and I think the results are stunning for such a small flower!

Step 13: Roses

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Roses are always a favorite and a complete tutorial can be found here:   http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Paper-Roses/

Step 14: Coneflowers or Echinaciae

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Here, I've chosen the pink coneflower to depict. A main structural element is the center part. This is formed from styrofoam on the hot wire machine.

Step 15: Final Thoughts...

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There are many tutorials on flower making on the web, in the libraries, bookstores, etc.  I have presented my methods, some of which, I think, are unique. I have strived to make flowers that capture the beauty and color of garden flowers and some do approach realism. Thanks for viewing my instructable, and hope you have enjoyed your journey!
aa602 months ago

Congratulations on a beautiful Instuctable......

Your instructions are so easy to follow that I just had to begin creating.

I too am retired and am enjoying the freedom to just sit and make something, without the guilt.....lol

You have gained a follower.

Creativeman (author)  aa602 months ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. Retirement is the best thing that ever happened to me. Isn't it great to have that freedom? Would love to see some of your work!

chriswooten574 months ago

Beautiful what weight of paper do you use? Is it cardstock, vellum, etc?

Creativeman (author)  chriswooten574 months ago

Thanks Chris, glad you like them. I have used just about every kind of paper I could get my hands on...mostly, regular bond paper, copy paper, colored bond paper, etc. Most of it is 20 or 24 lb. But I have used cardstock, kraft paper, grocery bags, tissue, coffee filters, etc. It just all depends on the application!

shazni4 months ago

WooooW...lovely!

Creativeman (author)  shazni4 months ago

Thanks shazni!

Best paper flowers I've seen so far! love the colors... favorited :)

Creativeman (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz5 months ago

Thank you so much!

Don't mention it! your flower ibles are awesome :)

They are just Awesome :), Thank you for sharing. I loved how you painted the petals.

Creativeman (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya5 months ago

Thanks Tarun!

ChrysN5 months ago

Gorgeous!

Creativeman (author)  ChrysN5 months ago

Thanks Chrys!

BayRatt5 months ago

AMAZING!! They sure look realistic, at a long glance anyway - my brain doesn't want to believe they aren't real! :-D So beautiful!

Creativeman (author)  BayRatt5 months ago

Thanks.

samalert5 months ago

Come on those are REAL ! :P . I would be really glad if tutorials for them are available and not just for roses alone. They look very amazing, truly wonderful piece of art.

Creativeman (author)  samalert5 months ago

Thank you.

rosaleen5 months ago

These flowers are so realistic. I have all the equipment needed to make these but NOT your wonderful talent. God bless your creative hands.

Creativeman (author)  rosaleen5 months ago

Thank you...give it a try, you may be surprised!

jmdushi5 months ago
These are so stunningly beautiful. It's hard to believe they are not real.
Creativeman (author)  jmdushi5 months ago

Thanks for your comment!

Fikjast Scott5 months ago

wow - outstanding, great project

Creativeman (author)  Fikjast Scott5 months ago

Thank you!

foobear5 months ago

These are stunning!

foobear foobear5 months ago

Your link in step 13 does not work

Creativeman (author)  foobear5 months ago

Thanks for trying it and letting me know. I have corrected the link, thanks again!