How to Make a Paper Flower Bouquet
Well, seeing as we are all still stuck inside trying to figure out how the heck to homeschool our kids, @craftychristiescreations and I are providing you a study break with a brand new craft tutorial! Don’t forget to check out Christie’s page for more fun crafts and tutorials for Spring!
This tutorial is perfect as a Mother’s Day gift for any significant woman in your life, or just to spice up your work space during the stay-at-home craziness. Christie has provided LOTS of variations for each flower in the bouquet, so my suggestion is to read and watch everything she does before getting started on your own flowers. That way you can pick and choose which style you like best!
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And now, without further ado, let’s get started!
Prepping the SVG File in Silhouette Studio
First up: The Flowers
We have four different swirls here that will become four different flowers, each with their own style of petals.
To get started, move everything off your board except for one rolled flower. Change the sizing to fit what you want-Christie is going to be using 12x12 paper so she made the width 11 inches and centered it on the page. After that, you are ready to send it to the printer! Repeat this with the other 3 flower rolls.
Next up: LeavesFor the leaves, you can do them all at once. She changed the paper size to 8.5x11 and moved all the leaves to the left side of the paper. Once you have them situated, go ahead and send them to the printer!
The Fun Part: Assembly!
We’re starting with the most basic flower and working up to the more complex ones.
To get started, Christie uses a piece of wire to start rolling the first bit of the flower. Be sure you keep the straight edge, well, straight. Just guide it back in place with your finger.
When you get to the end of the roll, curl over those last few petals (you’ll end up gluing that to the bottom).
Spend a little time here adjusting it and then slowly release to let it expand to the right size you want. You can make these as tiny or big as you want! I think making each flower a slightly different size can be fun too.
*Christie’s Hindsight:* If you let it expand upside down it is a little easier to manipulate--she realized that she struggles to keep everything in place when she flips it over.
****Keep in mind that you may need to do some extra manipulating here-sometimes the inner part of the flower won’t unroll as easily as the outer petals for example.
Ok, grab that glue gun! Once you have it how you want it, flip it over and spread hot glue from the center of the flower straight across to one side (like you’re drawing a radius) and then stick those last few petals over the glue to adhere it. PRO TIP: Try not to press too hard so you don’t crush the tops of the petals underneath!
Next up, we try to make the flower look a little more realistic by curling the tips of the petals outward. Christie uses a small screwdriver and her fingers to accomplish this. The goal here is just to flare out the edges of the petals.
Adding the stem! So Christie decided that the stem she had was a little big so she cut it in half and added some to each side of the flower. (Honestly I like that look better anyways!) Use some regular glue to paste the stems to the bottom of the flower once you have it situated.
Flower No. 2
This time Christie uses a bobby pin to start the rolling. Buuut she didn’t love it because it slid off so she used her small screwdriver instead! What she soon realized is that if you turn the screwdriver so that the handle is against the straight edge of the flower, it keeps it flush for you!
Repeat the glue gun on the bottom to secure and then flare out the petals with your screwdriver or fingers. (Christie says it best to save the screwdriver for the outside layers and use your fingers to fan out the center of the flower) Then add your stem(s)--this time she only used one.
Next, to step this one up a notch, Christie is using some wire she got from the dollar store to make a “real” stem she can put in a vase. She starts by folding it in half twice so she has four layers, and then twists all the layers together to get a thicker stem.
Make a little loop on the end of the ‘stem’ so you can hot glue it to the bottom of the flower. Christie says to give it a healthy amount of glue and time, to really hold the flower up. Once it’s attached, she adds some green flower tape around the wire so that you can’t see all the layers of it and it looks more cohesive. It also adds a little more ‘bulk’ to the stem since the wire is quite thin.
***When you get to the end of the wire, make sure the tape is especially secure by going over the end a few times and then up the stem a little before tearing it off.
*CHRISTIE’S HINDSIGHT:* Wrap the flower tape around the wire BEFORE you glue it to the base of the flower! Partly because it is just easier to handle and partly because when you are dealing with glue that’s not completely dry, you want to leave it alone as much as you can.
Flower No. 3
This time, we switch the order up a little by curling out all the edges of the petals before we actually start rolling it up.
*CHRISTIE’S HINDSIGHT:* When the flower is unrolled like this, the outer edges become the inner layers of the flower and the inner edges become the outside. So, when you curl the edges, don’t do very much on the outer edges of the flower because it makes it harder to roll up when you get close to the center of the flower.
Once you have the tips of the flowers curled how you want, go ahead and start rolling it up. Christie used her handy dandy screwdriver again on this one.
Follow the same procedure as the other two flowers:
- Save the last few petals to be glued across the bottom.
- Let it unravel to the size you want.
- Secure the bottom with glue.
- Attach a stem--she used the wire wrapped in tape again on this one
Flower No. 4
This is the final flower type, so of course, Christie stepped it up big time. She decided to use some distress ink and frankly, it looks fantastic!! The ink adds dimension to the flower, to again, make it look that much more realistic.
Ok, so she uses two different colors of ink: a darker color towards the base of the petals and a lighter color on the edges. Do this all the way around the flower before starting to roll or anything else.
PRO TIP: Use the ink pad to run over the flower in different parts to add some more texture once you’re done with the stamper. Also, when using the lighter color, focus on the petals that will become your outer edges of the flower when it’s rolled, because those are the ones where you will really be able to notice the colors.
Next, pre-curl the petals again. Christie used her screwdriver, but because the shape of these petals is a lot different than the others, she curled them each vertically instead of curling the tips outward. Watch the video to get the full effect.
Another difference on this flower: Christie attaches the wire at the beginning to use when rolling AND so she doesn’t have to attach it at the end, like so:
After letting it unravel, you can see that it’s about 2.5-3 inches in diameter. But you can change the print size to make these as big or as small as you would like!
***Another thing Christie noticed was that when she attached the wire before rolling up the flower, it helped keep things in place when she flipped it over to glue the last few petals in place.
Following the pattern on the other flowers, you can fan out the tips of the petals as much as you’d like and attach a stem. Christie decided to use distress ink on her stem leaf as well, using a couple different shades of green.
She starts with a medium green on the outer edges of the leaves but since it’s not as visible as she would like, she adds a dark green up and down the stem and textures it across the leaves using the stamp pad itself. To top it off (literally), she uses a lighter stamp pad on just the tips of the leaves.
PRO TIP: When you attach them to the base of the flower with the glue, be sure to avoid the wire so that the flower will stand up straight in the vase. If the leaves push it over to the side it won’t work as well.
You can also add extra dimension to the leaves by curling them with the screwdriver-and it’s fun to curl them in different directions so it doesn’t look as perfect.
I hope you enjoyed all of Christie’s variations on each flower. Personalize this to your Mother or another woman in your life and tag us on Facebook and Instagram in your photos so we can all admire these gorgeous flowers!
For more from Christie, check out her website, Crafty Christie’s Creations, she specializes in handmade greeting cards, and DIY paper crafts. She is an EXPERT in Silhouette Studio, which has also led her to start producing tutorials to make all this crafting a bit easier. Follow her on Instagram @craftychristiescreations for more fun craft projects and tips!
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Beautiful n thank you x
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