Simple paper flowers, made from scalloped circles, in gorgeous pastel brights....a nice touch of color that the world could use just about now. Don't you think? I have already started making some projects with these, which I'll be happy to show you of course, but in the meantime I thought I'd teach you how to make these so you can get started right away! And of course I always give credit where credit is due—I learned how to make these from a Craft Schooling Sunday contributor, thanks Elise!, her original post is here.
- scalloped paper punch, I used both a 3" and a 2", but if you only get one, go for the bigger one (If you don't own a scalloped circle punch and don't want to purchase one, you could try this with circles or cut some loosely scalloped circles by hand.)
- laser printer paper, pastel shades, sold in a pack
- metal brads, you know, paper fasteners? or a needle and thread or some thin wire
- a sponge
- a thick needle or something sharp to make a hole in the paper
- Punch your scalloped circles and make stacks of about 12 pieces, or less if you use heavier paper.
- For a round flower, use scalloped circles in all one size, while for a flower with a more defined center, use smaller scalloped circles, say about five, for the center
- Make a hole in the center of your stack with a thick needle, and insert brad, bending the legs open to secure the stack
- Starting with the top most layer, crumple the paper up towards the brad to hide the brad. Continue crumpling layers up to get the look of a flower. The last one or two layers should only be crumpled slightly if you want the flowers to sit nicely on a flat surface.
- Wet the edges of the paper with a damp sponge to give the paper a softer, more flower-like look. Don't skip this it makes all the difference! You can also try rubbing a rough kitchen scrubbie over the edges to fray them a bit, which gives an aged cottage look, which you might like too.
- Experiment a bit and see what works for you!
- And don't throw away all those scraps with the scallops punched out of them, up next is a craft using those, at least that's what I'm planning to do, we'll see if my vision looks good in reality!