Fan Fold Flower

Make a fan fold flower to adorn your next handmade greeting card or gift box.

"Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity"
~John Ruskin


A fan fold flower is based on such a simple process. You cut a strip of designer paper and begin pleating it into an accordion fold, but wait. Perhaps I should start at the beginning.

fan fold flower, greeting card, handmade, designer paper


Here are the papercraft tools and other items you will need:

fan fold flower, greeting card, handmade, designer paper

How to Make a Fan Fold Flower

  • Paper trimmer, scissors
  • Crystal Effects glue or Glue Gun, Sticky Strip or other strong adhesive
  • Bone folder, ruler/scoring tool
  • Your choice of designer series paper and coordinating cardstock
  • Scallop circle punch
  • Decorative border punch
  • Large decorative brad or button
  • Simply Scored Board (or a ruler and your bone folder, or paper trimmer with scoring tool attached)

Here's what to do:

First, cut two 12"(20cm) x 2"(4cm) strips of designer series paper. Punch one edge of the strips with your decorative border punch.

fan fold flower, greeting card, handmade, designer paper

Next, join the other two ends together with strong double sided tape so they form a circle. I am about to do that in this photo:

fan fold flower, greeting card, handmade, designer paper

If you like, make a smaller pleated and accordioned strip to add to the centre of the bloom as a contrast or just to have a layered effect. Simply stack the smaller, completed, folded and scored circle on top of your original circle. The next step will ensure the two layers stay together.

fan fold flower, greeting card, handmade, designer paper

Now flatten the circles out and gather them in to form a tight, flat flower:

fan fold flower, greeting card, handmade, designer paper
fan fold flower, greeting card, handmade, designer paper

Your rosette might get away from you at this stage and spring out of your hands but you can always gather it back in again. We always have a few giggles in classes when people lose their rosettes!

Quickly adhere your prepared scallop circle to the back of your bloom and then turn it over to its right side.

Fill the centre or the rosette with Crystal Effects and add the straight shanks of your brad or button to the centre (you will need to have a thread through your button to anchor it in the Crystal Effects) then use a heavy object such as your border punch to weigh it down while the glue cures. Alternatively, use a Hot Glue Gun to do this part. If you add glue to a silicone mat and press the flower into the glue, the middle adheres almost immediately and stays flexible.

fan fold flower, greeting card, handmade, designer paper
fan fold flower, greeting card, handmade, designer paper

Now use your rosette to adorn a card or gift box.

fan fold flower, greeting card, handmade, designer paper

These flowers were made with shorter strips of designer series paper so they look more open and sit a bit flatter when completed.

fan fold flower, rosette, greeting card, handmade, designer paper

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