How to Make Paper Flowers 1

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"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell
in written words.
They are the hieroglyphics of angels,
loved by all men
for the beauty of their character,
though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning".
~Lydia M. Child

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Instructions for How to Make Paper Flowers 1 (3d flowers)

In How To Make Paper Flowers 1, I will show you how to make flowers look 3-d.

To Make 3-d Flowers You Will Need:

  • A shaping tool and
  • A soft mat, such as a thick mouse pad turned over so the foam side is up. You can actually buy special little flower shaping mats that have a lot of give and a more durable surface than a foam mouse pad at some craft shops. As I make lots of these types of blossoms, that's what I did

Here’s What to Do:

  • First take your flat, heart shaped punched, assembled flower shapes and prepare to use the shaping tool
  • Starting with the petal layer, take your shaping tool and place the petal layer on the shaping mat.
  • Use the larger, rounder end of the tool to press the petals, one by one, and carefully rub them into a cupped shape.
  • Experiment until you get the effect you want or create something that pleases you

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  • Once you have shaped the petal edges a bit, press more firmly right in the centre of this layer. Now your flower should be standing up a little and looking more real, kind of like a little shallow cup

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  • Now take the centre shape (I’ll call this shape layer 2) and place it on the mat. Use the same rounded end of the tool to press right in the middle of this shape so it stand up around the edges

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    How to Make Paper Flowers 1,  papercraft,  paper flowers, 3-d

  • At this stage you have two layers of the flower done. All that remains to do is glue them together. Place layer 2 (the centre shape) on top of layer 1 (the petal shape) and glue them together. There's a solid shadow on my petal cup but you can see me adding the central layer in the following photo.

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    You can add a third layer by making another flat flower and flipping it so that when you press each petal with the shaping tool, you will make petals that curl downward. This will add even more to the dimension of your flower. Similarly, make another layer for the back of the flower with petals curling downwards. This will make it stand up from your project even more.

    You now know how to make 3-d paper flowers with your heart punches.

    How to Make a Vertical Garden

    Stampin' Up! made a beautiful set of stamps and framelits called Oh So Succulent which makes a wonderful vertical garden. You could also substitute 3-d paper flowers for the project shown in the following video:

    Remember, if you are in Australia, you can order any current Stampin' Up! supplies online at my SusanSalutations shop. I just loved this set of dies and stamps (they come as a bundle too so you save some money!) so ordered them at the very first opportunity. I have seen beautiful creations made with the Oh So Succulent bundle. The plants can look so real!

    Cotton Paper Flowers

    Another way to make 3d blooms is with Cotton Paper from Stampin' Up! I found a little video made by the company that shows you just how to do it. It's another quick and easy way to get volume into your papercraft projects and add pops of colour and joy. :

    Remember, you can search for all the products used on this page in my SusanSalutations Store. Click on the catalogue link in the right hand column to do that.

    Congratulations on completing How To Make Paper Flowers 1!

    There are step-by-step instructions for making Paper Roses on another page. Why not consider using both on your project? What a lovely bouquet they could make!

    You may want to learn how to get a more 3-d effect with stamping, through watercolouring your stamped images or using layers of cardstock. If so, find out how to do that with the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set and coordinating punch.

    And please do share your flowers with us all when you make some. I would love to see what you make. You can show them by adding them below:

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