Paper Flower Centres With No Templates

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Paper flower centers work as contrasts of extension; and that’s whether they’re bold and beautiful or fine and delicate. Observe any open flower and notice how your eyes are drawn to the middle.

Take a cue from nature and use the same concept to create your centers. Start with simple buds and fringe; and follow wherever your creativeness leads. I’ve found when I think of them as smaller flowers I never run out of ideas. The examples below detail how to create multiple centers with a basic fringe.

If you are unfamiliar with the term contrast of extension, it is a design principle used in colour theory. Learn more at https://www.canva.com


Step 1: Start With Simple Buds

There are 5 featured centers: Simple buds; Simple fringe centers; Composite centers; Double layer centers and Cleaning brush centers


Simple Buds can be used on their own

Simple Fringe Centers are made with stems and fringe -no buds

Composite Centers combine buds and fringes

Double Layer Centres are structured with two layers of fringe of same or varied sizes

Cleaning Brush centers are an elongated form of the simple fringe centers

No Templates Needed All of the centers, including the simple buds can be used as flowers. For now though, let’s label them centers. Those made with fringe range between I” and 5” in diameter and they are all basically made the same way.


Simple buds can be used on their own

Step 1-1. Cut a swab -Cut a hollow cotton swab about ¾” long

Step 1-2. Attach stem - Apply a small amount of hot glue to one end of wire stem and insert into opening of cotton swab. (b) Cover stem - attach end of tape to the base of cotton swab on a diagonal angle; continue winding tape and slightly overlapping until finished.

Note: You may also use narrow strips of paper or fabric to cover stems. Ensure bud is firmly secured to stem; it’s the foundation of your center/flower.

Step 2: Try Simple Fringe Centres

Simple Fringe Centers are made with stems and fringe -no buds

Materials

Scissors

Wire stem

Ruler & pencil (Optional)

Needle nose pliers

Floral or other tape

Glue gun and hot glue sticks, glue sticks, craft glue

Paper (Tissue, crepe, paper napkin, or other)

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Instructions

Step 2-1. Cut paper – Cut a strip of paper 12” x 2 ½”

Step 2-2. Mark or eyeball - You can choose to mark cutting guideline near the base of paper strip. If you are confident though; skip it. If you want to be precise, draw a lengthwise line about 1/2” in from one edge of paper.

Step 2-3. Create fringe - Use scissors to cut slits from top edge of paper to within 1/2” of base edge or to marked line.

Step 2-4. Bend the stem - Use needle nose pliers to bend one end of the wire stem Step

Step 2-5. Attach fringe and stem - Apply a spot of glue to base of fringe at one end. (b) Place bent end on top, add a bit more glue over stem and tightly roll to finish. (c) This applies especially to longer thicker paper strips: To prevent paper from slipping off roll, frequently apply appropriate adhesive at base .

Cover stem according to Simple buds above - Step 1-2. (b)

Note: Use hot glue to anchor papers to stems; other glues might not be strong enough to hold wire to paper.

Step 3: Create Composite Centres

Composite Centers combine buds and fringes

Materials

Simple bud Fringed strip of paper 12” x 2 ½” or desired dimensions

Glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions

Step 3-1. Attach fringe to bud - At base of fringe, put a small bit of glue on one end. (b) Position the base of Q-tip bud at marked guideline on bottom of fringe. (c) Hold fringe in one hand and twist stem toward fringe with the other. (d) Secure layers of fringe by gluing at base every couple inches.

Step 4: Double Layer Centres

Double Layer Centres are structured with two layers of fringe of same or varied sizes

Materials

Simple bud Strip of paper 6” x 1 ½” (Narrow fringe)

Strip of paper 8” x 3” (Wide fringe)

Glue gun and glue sticks

Floral or other tape

Instructions

Step 4-1. Attach double layer fringe (a) Attach, roll and glue narrow fringe to bud. (b) Glue wider fringe to end of narrow fringe and roll till finished.

Note: Fringe sizes are design options; feel free to use strips of the same dimensions and match or contrast colours.

Step 5: Cleaning Brush Centres

Cleaning Brush centers are an elongated form of the simple fringe centers

Materials

Strip of paper 6” x 1 ½” (Narrow fringe)

Wire stem

Floral or other tape

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions

Step 5-1. Attaching fringe and stem - Apply a spot of glue to base of fringe at one end. (b) Place bent end of stem to fringe on a diagonal angle add a bit more glue over stem and roll.

Step 5-2. Maintain your angle - Continue by holding fringe between fingers and twisting stem with other hand. (b) Maintain a diagonal angle with a slight overlap; wind fringe downward around stem to finish –add glue to secure.

More than 40 years ago, I saw my mother making the same type of centers with crepe paper. She used them as fillers in her flower arrangements and called them fringe flowers. To date, it remains the simplest way I know to make centers/fringe flowers.

Thank you for sharing your time. I’m so happy you stopped by.

I hope you found some ideas to take into your next creative pursuit.

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