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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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such a fun project!

LainiK10 hours ago

Really love your paper flower...give me an idea with my class.

This is great love them

Hey, that was really cool and easy. Thanks for sharing!!

We are definitely going to be making these. Great idea thanks for sharing.
BigRed19732 days ago

This is so cool, and you make it so easy to follow!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your ible.......

KatieL22 days ago

That is really cool!! I am for sure going to make one!! Thanks!!

mbrennen22 days ago

This would be great for Easter!

MajaK made it!23 days ago

Thanks for the idea. My students really enjoyed making these flowers.

lucycartledge365 made it!28 days ago

I really enjoyed making these flowers. I didn't have any craft paper, but I cut coloured paper strips from an old magazine and I used 80 gram printer paper for the green. Hope you like them.

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SRLee19841 month ago
They look like my hyacinths that are in my garden. Beautiful! These will last longer

They are

Hyacinth's, Google them..I think they look just like them, I am going to make them today for a birthday party center piece...

yone.maruyama made it!2 months ago

Love it !! Here's my version of those swirly flowers !!

alpana.deo2 months ago

Beautiful. You have described all the steps so nicely that the whole flower making process looks so simple..

ersi marina made it!2 months ago

I had such great fun making these paper flowers, thank you for sharing!

I made mine with tissue paper. I created two layers for each flower, using white tissue paper in combination with pink, lilac and red. The process was a bit longer, since I curled the petals of each layer separately. I wrapped the petals around a wooden skewer and had to hold them tight with my fingertips for a short while before moving on to the next petal, since tissue paper is very thin and would uncurl if I didn't insist on it. So I wrapped it while watching TV and never minded the extra delay. You can even do it while reading :)

When I finished curling I glued the two layers together along the flat strip and then wrapped them around the wooden skewer, turning it into a stem.

What I really love about the tissue paper is that it's so delicate. The 'flowers' bob and tremble every time I touch them! I still have to make the leaves but here are some pictures of the finished flowers. Thanks again!

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I forgot to say that stick glue is more than enough to hold the layers of tissue paper together and onto the skewer. I think that any kind of liquid glue would mess up the thin paper.

farahmatrepal2 months ago
deba1683 months ago

Thanks for sharing my video :)

deba168 made it!4 months ago

Thanks for sharing :)

I made this flowers for my recycle cardboard vase.

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  deba1684 months ago

Wow, the colors are so bright and the flowers look beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

reba.m.mihok4 months ago

I love these flowers. I use to do quilling all the time, But I never made anything this pretty. Thank You for sharing. I'm having trouble getting it to download so I'll have to try and remember..........Hope I do!

haha, yeah, it's real hard if you cut the fringe curls are half as tight as yours xD

If you cut thin' it would help to use a pencil to wrap the fringe around at first, then try to tighten the curl by pushing your hand gently over thw curl to try to push it up...its real hard to do without folding the paper xD

I made these for my friends baby shower to put on the cake table. I hope she likes them enough to put in the babys room.

TIP if you want to make one flower more than one color- after you roll both colors glue them together before you roll onto the stem. It worked great for mine.

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  heather.cecala6 months ago

Oh, they look super cute! and thanks for the suggestion... :)

VenuthurlaA7 months ago


i love it thank you

i love it thank you

Ayushi Sharma8 months ago

it looks amazing..definitely going to try..:)

They look like hyacinths to me. Very cool!

TBJKC9 months 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.


Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  TBJKC9 months 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!9 months 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


TBJKC9 months 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.


Sweep The Leg made it!11 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 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

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Sweep The Leg11 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!11 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)  AirborneAngel7611 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!11 months ago

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

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