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D.I.Y. Swirly Paper Flowers

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I found instructables more than a year ago while I was searching for paper flower tutorials and I was amazed to find out all these amazing flower tutorials in this site.

After a long time I've finally decided to post a paper flower ible as soon as I saw these paper flowers on a facebook page. I wasn't sure what to name this flower, though it looked quite similar to Saccharum spontaneum (kans grass), but as this flower has a lot of swirls I named it 'swirly paper flower'.

They're really easy and fun to make, hope you like'em!

 
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Step 1: Materials Needed

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To make this flower you'll need:
  1. Colored paper,
  2. Customized colored paper,
  3. Scissor,
  4. Glue.


Step 2: Preparing Paper Strips

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You can use single colored (usual craft paper) papers for making these flowers but I liked using the customized colored papers for making them. You can paint the papers with the colors of your choice and create beautiful shades to make the flowers look prettier.

First, you have to cut the colored paper into strips of at least 2 inches width and length of your choice, I kept the paper strips 2 X 8 inches.

Make a thin fold along any one of the vertical edges (of the strips).

Step 3: Cutting Fringes

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You can fold the paper strip into half to save your time cutting fringes on it,
Cut the paper strip horizontally, but not all the way through. Leave 1 cm of the strip along the vertical edges, or more clearly leave the thin folded area (the vertical fold made in step 1) intact.

Try to cut all the fringes equally, no pressure, I'm sure you can do it,

Also try to keep the fringes as thin as possible, the thinner the fringes the prettier the flower :)

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They look like hyacinths to me. Very cool!

TBJKC16 days ago

I am trying to find out what kind of paper you are talking about. is it napkin paper or card stock? I know the grass is make out of napkin. but don't know if the flowers would curl if made from napkins. would love to start making today. but I guess no hurry. I may just go ahead and try.

Marty

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  TBJKC15 days ago

You have to use the regular craft papers, not too thin nor too thick. Craft papers are easy to curl and the flowers turn out great!

TBJKC made it!15 days ago

I made one out of card stock. it is a bit smaller than I wanted it to be so will make the next one longer. I still want to know what type of paper you made it from. card stock is a bit hard. I even hot glues it but guess my hot glue wasn't hot enough. but I will get the hang of it soon. try try and try again is my motto. thanks

Martha

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TBJKC16 days ago

I am planing on make some of these flowers. it is for myself and gifts. I do not sell anything I make. I may also use a hot glue gun. thanks.

Marty

Sweep The Leg made it!2 months ago

Here's mine, I'm happy with how they
turned out. I gave them to my wife for our first wedding anniversary as
the traditional gift is supposed to be "paper".

I ended up using a
hot glue gun so I didn't have to wait for the white glue to dry while I
worked..it made things way easier. Also, I made these about twice as
big in scale. I made curling the pedals easier by using a wooden kabob
stick to twist up each coil.

Thanks for the 'ible

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Sweep The Leg2 months ago

Love the colors! They look really cute ^_^ I'm glad the ible was helpful! Thanks so much for sharing the picture :)

AirborneAngel76 made it!2 months ago

I just made this for my daughter, and I discovered it's best to cut the slits for the "petals" at 1/4-1/3 inch intervals, but no bigger than that, otherwise, when you wrap them around the stem, you'll have "petals" falling almost in a straight line (unless you angle them just right).

A variation suggestion: use various colors of paper for the flowers and maybe even two or three different greens for the grass/leaves.

In order to make the rainbow flower I made, don't use the full 8-inch lengths of "petal" strips. Cut lengths of maybe 2.5 inches long max, cut the "petal" slits, but be careful when curling the "petals". You will have to hold each "petal" just above the base of each to prevent them from being ripped off, and curl GENTLY.
Another variation suggestion is when curling smaller "petals", alternate the direction of the curls (up, down, up, down...).

Colors: I started with yellow (my daughter's suggestion), and went to turquoise, using a total of nine colors for the flower, and two shades of green for the grass/leaves. Hope you like the variation! I know my daughter loves it! :)

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  AirborneAngel762 months ago

Sooo beautiful! love the rainbow effect on it... thank you so much for sharing the picture and for the suggestions as well! I'll definitely keep them in mind next time :)

I probably should've left some of the leaves straight, and moved them a bit higher, too, but this was my very first try. :)

rvosatka-kristjansson made it!2 months ago

This was really easy to make and turned out wonderful! Thank you for sharing your idea.

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Very nice! I like the touch of putting them in a vase. :)

Wow! love the colors you used and the flowers look awesome! Love to share ideas, no problem ^_^

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bblevins24 months ago
Hard but I like it
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  bblevins24 months ago

Good to know! :p :D

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Thank you sweetie!

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