Tools & Materials
• paper towel roll core
• Paper Glue
• Page of Paper (can be recycled from an old book or magazine)
• Brown Paper Shopping Bag
• 28 Guage Wire (or wire that you can bend and manipulate that is heavy enough to hold up a paper flower)
• Wire Cutters
• White Craft Paint (optional)
• Small paint brush (optional)
Step 1: Cut Roll
Cut the paper towel roll lengthwise (fig. A)
Step 2: Measure and Cut Again
From the cute, measure 1” and mark. Cut off the 1” marked area (fig. B).
Cut four strips from the roll anywhere between a .5” and .75” wide (fig. C).
Take the remaining roll and measure, mark and cut 1.5” from one of the edges (similar instruction number two). Cut two strips from this roll approximately .5” wide.
Step 4: Cutting the Petals
Take the six strips and free-form cut the petals similar to the shape shown in fig. D. These petals do not have to be exact, just make sure that the center tapers in.
Step 5: Glue Petals
Glue two of the larger petals at 90* angles. Repeat with the remaining petals keeping the larger and smaller petals grouped together (fig. E).
If you would like to add a bit of texture or color to your flower, take some craft paint and dry brush some paint on the tips of the petals. On the smaller group of petals I added some paint to the center also.
Step 6: Glue Flower Together
After the glue has dried, glue the groupings on top of each other, keeping the smaller petals for the top. Glue a button to the center of the flower (fig. F).
Step 7: Starting the Stem
From a piece of recycled paper use the pattern from fig. G to cut the calyx for the flower. Curl the ends of the calyx by wrapping them around a paint brush, pencil, etc.
Take the wire and cut it double the length that you would like your stem. Fold the wire in half and twist together. Take one tip of the wire and bend it about a .25 at a 90° angle (fig. H1).
Cut a strip or two from the brown paper bag. Starting at the straight end of the wire stem, glue the end of the paper to the wire and start to wrap the paper to cover the wire (fig. H2).
Make sure to add a dab of glue here and there to keep the paper secure to the wire stem (fig. H3). Stop wrapping short of the 90° bend.
Step 9: Glue Calyx to Flower
* BEFORE CONTINUING TO THE NEXT STEP, please make sure the glue on the flower is completely dry.
Turn over flower and glue one of the calyx pieces to the bottom (fig. I). Let dry.
Step 10: Attach Stem
Take the stem and glue the bend to the bottom of the flower by taking the second calyx piece and gluing it to the flower bottom sandwiching the metal bend between the calyx and the flower. It will be necessary to hold the wire in place until the glue dries (fig. J).
Step 11: All Done!
Your flower is complete!