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MAKE A PAPER FLOWER BOUQUET – Will it be with or without photos?

I’ve been intrigued with paper flower crafting for years now, but only dabbled, making one for a card, or other singular purpose. This time I decided to try my hand at a paper flower bouquet.  Maybe with photos too.  And then I thought… in a basket,  for Mother’s Day!

That’s exactly how my mind works, I’m afraid.  I get an idea in my head, and then it gets a little frantic from there.  I start to develop the idea and then it can go anywhere, and has!

Now it was time to see what kinds of supplies I already had “in-house” and go from there.  I’m not a “maker” that has a complete plan of action and a finished picture in my head before I start.  That’s just never been how I roll.

 

PAPER FLOWER BOUQUET – WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?

how to make paper flowersI was visiting one of my Mom’s friends last Fall and fell in love with a beautiful basket filled with paper flowers with photos of her family.  One of her family members had made it for her as a gift, and I was just enthralled with her craftiness.

I snapped a pic so I could use it for a reference for making my own version one day.  Today’s that day!

There’s so many ways to find fabulous ideas and inspiration once you jump on the internet.  I, myself, still receive a paper flower bouquetnumber of my favorite magazines in print, and will have them to peruse for years to come.  

Once it was decided to make a paper flower bouquet for Mother’s Day, I got out my file on “how to make paper flowers”.  I stash away magazine pages and articles printed from the internet for these kinds of files.  Jackpot!

I’m kind of a “freewheeling” type of maker, so I don’t tend to like projects with tons of directions.

Rather, I’ll take something from here and another idea from there, and end up somewhere completely different from where I started. 

I like it that way.  That’s how my creative juices get flowing, not by following Step 1 – Put tab A into slot B instructions.

But I do understand that others really enjoy following steps outlined to make a project exactly as pictured.  That makes sense.  I just don’t know how to do that very well. 

My project can start that way, but it never quite ends up as “pictured”.  But, I digress…

Better Homes and Garden magazine did an article on paper flowers a few years back with some amazing ideas and templates. I decided to use a few of their paper flower template ideas as a starting point.  

Although their article made a number of different “realistic” paper versions of flowers like Cosmos and Daisies, there were 17 pieces in all. Too many for me!

 

MAKE AN ENTIRE PAPER FLOWER BOUQUET WITH ONLY 7 PIECES + LEAVES

paper flower bouquetI was a little intimidated at first, but once I got started, I ended up with 18 paper flowers.  And not a single REPEAT!

Yes, that’s right.  18 different flowers with only seven flower pieces (and that includes 4 circles) and 4 leaves. Once I got the hang of how the different shapes and sizes worked together, I was off to the races.

But, how to make paper flowers with photos too?

If you want to make a Mother’s Day Photo Paper Flower Bouquet, use the second smallest circle template to cut your pictures all the same size.

You’ll just add them to the center of your flowers, making sure you leave an open space in the flower’s center to fit the photo.  

For “stems”, you can use almost anything you’d like that’s strong enough to hold the weight of the flowers.

I found some adorable paper drinking straws that will work great for giving them in a “Mom” mug, insulated glass or vase.

  But, if you want to mount the flowers in styrofoam, as in my basket design, you’ll need to choose a sturdier option

I used thin skewers, and cut the sharp ends off with my paper cutter!  Work smart, not hard I always say.

Since I wanted realistic stems, I covered them with green floral tape.  It’s so easy to use, by stretching the tape as you wind, you activate its “stickiness” and it works like a charm.  

 

DOWNLOAD THE PAPER FLOWER BOUQUET TEMPLATES

Now it’s time to download your paper flower bouquet templates and start choosing your papers.  This is the really fun part!

Since I do lots of photo shoots, I have a few color-coordinated pads of card stock that I use as backgrounds. One of them is filled with the fabulous polka-dot papers you see in my Mother’s Day Photo Paper Flower Bouquet.

That’s the great thing about this kind of “loose concept” project, you can get a little crazy if you’d like.  If I had any plaid paper, I mother's day paper flower bouquetprobably would have experimented with a few polka-dot/plaid blooms too! 

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR PAPER COMBINATION?

  • Decide the color palette of your flowers (choose 3-4 main colors, then you can vary their intensity for variety)
  • Lay out your initial choices overlapping each other (if you’re in a craft store, just arrange them like a deck of playing cards)
  • Notice how some patterns and colors “play” better together than others – don’t let your combination get too “busy”
  • Simple designs like polka-dots, stripes, plaids and tiny patterns work well when combined with solids 

 

Just download the FREE PDF, print, cut out your paper flower bouquet templates and you’re in business.

I’ll tell you how to get you own MOTHER’S DAY PAPER FLOWER BOUQUET TEMPLATE PDF at little later in this post.

 

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES AND GET READY TO MAKE PAPER FLOWERS!

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR YOUR PAPER FLOWER BOUQUET:how to make paper flowers

  • IFAFL paper flower bouquet templates  (download and print)
  • Assorted card stock; coordinating plain and patterned colors
  • Sharp scissors
  • Skewers/chopsticks/paper beverage straws
  • Green floral tape
  • Hot glue gun or paper adhesive of your choice
  • 1 inch thick piece of styrofoam, larger than top of basket opening
  • Crumpled paper or recyclable grocery bags for stuffing basket
  • Basket filler of your choice
  • Container of your choice (basket/mug/vase/deco box)
  • Bow, ribbon or greenery to decorate basket

 

NAN’S TIP:  Fit styrofoam piece over the top of basket. Cut off corners and edges to fit with a serrated knife. Stuff basket with plastic grocery bags.  Fit foam over bags, nearly flush with top of basket. 

PLACE FLOWER STEMS INTO FOAM BEFORE COVERING WITH BASKET FILLER.

 

DESIGN TIPS AND IDEAS FOR MAKING YOUR PAPER FLOWER BOUQUET

As I merrily went along creating flower after flower, I started getting a feel for what combinations of shapes and layers looked great together.

Then I began to realize the different ways I could manipulate the paper with just my fingers and scissors.  

It became kind of a game to not make the same flower twice.  With the 6 photo flowers I made, I created a total of 18 different flowers!

I think you’re up to the challenge, aren’t you?  Here’s a few ideas to get you started on making your own paper flower bouquet.

PAPER FLOWER BOUQUET DESIGN VARIATION IDEAS:paper flower bouquet

  • Cut slits into a circle 2/3 of the way to center all around edges, ruffle the “fringe” to make 3-dimensional
  • Use hole puncher on a circle to make a decorative center for a paper flower
  • Bend spiky flower petals in half lengthwise over your scissor blades to make long, grooved petals
  • Cut 2 or 3 slits in flower petals and bend alternate pieces for textural look
  • Curl rounded petals over your finger to form “cupped” effect with petals
  • Bend and crease flower petals to make them stand up
  • Curl petals upward over a pencil for a 3-dimensional look
  • Bend leaves in half, length-wise to make them look more realistic

 

IT’S TIME TO CREATE YOUR OWN ORIGINAL PAPER FLOWER DESIGNS

I’d love to have you share your Mother’s Day Photo Paper Flower Bouquet with us in THE FAB LIFE FACEBOOK GROUP!

Or maybe you’re making a paper flower bouquet for your dining room table!  We’re on a “need to see” basis for those too!

Show us how you express your personal style in paper florals!

 

WANT ANOTHER FABULOUS “DIY” MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA?

goat milk soapsWhy not try your hand at making Goat Milk Soap for Mother’s Day this year?  And while you’re at it, you’ll have enough to give to a few gal-pals too!  

It’s such an easy project to customize with loofah sponges, oatmeal or pink Himalayan salt, especially when you use a melt-and-pour soap base.

I even created some really fabulous Hang Tags for you to download too!

Click here to read the post: Easy Homemade Melt and Pour Goat Milk Soap Recipe – Plus Gift Packaging Ideas and Printable Hang Tags

 

 

PAPER FLOWER BOUQUET TEMPLATE PDF

Are you ready to start making some fabulous paper flowers?  I bet you are!  

If you’re an Ingredients For A Fabulous Life subscriber, you know I send you the current password for your access to the IFAFL Resource Library each time I visit your email inbox.

Just use the member password to download your Paper Flower Bouquet Template PDF, cut out the templates, and paper flower bouquetyou’re ready to make paper flowers!

 

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UPDATED 3/28/21

 
 

 

 

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