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I wanted to make a bouquet of paper flowers for my mother-in-law which were also child friendly to create. These flowers needed to last rather than be glorious for a brief moment in time. So I went hunting for paper flower instructions. There were so many fantastic origami and kusadama examples, and although I've made a few in my time, I didn't have time for this. I eventually came up with this modification of an idea I found while trawling the Internets.

  • Coloured paper - regular A4 sheets are great, preferably coloured on both sides
  • Straws - green if you can find them
  • PVA glue
  • Scissors
Choose coloured paper that will give your flower some punch - even full colour glossy magazine pages would work well. Your paper needs to be rectangular to allow for the cuts required.
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Step 1: Cut paper

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Place both sheets of paper on top of each other. Cut both in half along the longest dimension. You will now have two sets of paper, enough to make two individual flowers.

Take one set of paper and cut from the bottom corner to the middle of the other side. It's important that you leave one long edge intact as you'll need this area to apply your glue to. The large piece is the one you'll be using.

Step 2: Fringing

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With your set of paper still together, begin cutting strips into the diagonally cut side but NOT ALL THE WAY THROUGH. Leave a 1cm strip along the straight edge to keep the paper intact. No need to measure, but if the guide helps, draw a pencil line at the 1cm mark to help you know where to stop cutting (good if you're asking children to do the cutting).

The finer the strips, the finer the "petals". Chunkier means fewer petals but also a more sparse looking flower. Somewhere in between is good.
gthomas182 months ago
Beautiful !!
frenzy2 years ago
Very Nice!
Wow! They're gorgeous. If my cats wouldn't eat them I'd make tons of these. :D