Simple Paper Flower Tutorial

Simple Paper Flowers
         Hi friends as I told you in my last Garden Pen Stand post ,this year we made 10 recycled DIY Penstands to gift my daughter's teachers. Since most of her teachers are ladies ,a floral theme seemed a safe bet and when my stash of handmade flowers ran low I needed to quickly whip up some simple paper blooms.
Recycling Crafts
This is the  tin can we recycled.Tore off the paper lining and stuck pattern paper on it using double sided foam tape.
DIY Pen Stand
         I love the lacy design of the PoppyStamps Meso background  die which I had won from the company some time back and I placed it on the center of the Pen Stand to form a background for my flowers.
Simple Paper Flowers
One of my daughters teachers apparently likes feathers and so my daughter wanted to add the cheerful yellow feather to our flower arrangement!
Foam Craft Bird House
I kept the Memory Box Spring Border  die cut un inked as the background paper was green and I wanted a stark white contrast! And yes  I couldnt resist adding a glittery silver foam bird house!
DIY Pen Stand
The spiral pollen are a find from my local market and though a bit fragile they do make a garden themed project look interesting

Paper Flower Tutorial

Its a super simple tutorial but I will try and share little tips and tricks along the ways!
Material Required
  • Paper Flowers - die cut / punch or hand-cut 2- 3 flowers. The more petals your flower has the less layers you need to make a full flower so that means you can make your flower more quickly! I used the Sizzix Tatterd florals die which is a Big Z die and hence capable of cutting through several layers of paper in one go! Have used the same die in this tutorial too: Paper Flower Bouquet tutorial 
Paper Flower Tutorial  
  • Fringed Paper Strip - To create a fringed paper strip there are a couple of options 
    • Using a Scissors to hand cut a strip of paper  - advantage here is you can customize the breadth of the paper strip and also the finesse of the cuts. On the down side it does take a bit of time and patience. You can see some examples in one of my earliest post : Punchcraft and Quilling Framed Art
    • Using a guillotine cutter - Especially useful to make large fringed flowers like I did in this post : Large Paper Flower tutorial
    • Using a fringing machine : I have a fringing machine which I bought long ago when I was fascinated with quilling but frankly speaking I dislike using the fringing machine as its a pain [ You can read more about the fringing machine here : Paper cutting tools]
    • Using a Die - this is the quickest and easiest way to get a beautiful perfectly fringed paper strip .Here I have used a Memory box fringe border die . 
Memory Box fringed border
  • Embossing tools – Use any rounded end  object you have  or a proper embossing tool as shown .If you dont have the patience to emboss- just pinch your flower petals!
  • Embossing Pad or Mouse pad –to shape the petals. The embossing pad shown in the picture is actually like thick foam and it is sold as a perforating pad for parchment craft. I prefer this to the pads sold as "flower embossing pads" since this type has a lot of give and is much easier on your fingers!
  • Adhesive- White PVA glue [most of my routine crafting is with Fevicol MR]  to stick the flowers or a glue gun for a real quick adhesion!
  • Distress ink and makeup sponge - yes you read it right I somehow dont like the applicator and proper tool advocated for distressing but prefer the makeup sponges to ink flowers!
    Flower making tools
Place your flower petal on an embossing pad and quickly run your tool from the petal tip to the center- this gives a deeper curve than running it from the center outwards!
    Embossing flower petals
Emboss all the flower petals in a similar fashion
    Embossed flower
    Invert the embossed flower and either emboss by running your embossing tool in a circular fashion on the flower center or simply just press the center down!
Flower embossing
Make 2- 3 embossed flowers. And if want an even quicker handmade flower...instead of embossing just pinch the flower petals like I did in this tutorial link : Easy layered Flower tutorial 
Embossed flowers
Layer the flowers on top of each other staggering the petals. Using a liquid glue is easier in this step since you get more time to fiddle around and arrange the flowers to your liking! At this stage you can ink the center and the petal tips of your flower if you wish!
Paper flower tutorial 
To convert the  fringed paper strip into a flower you can either hand roll , use a quilling tool or a self closing forceps like I did here. Place one end of the fringed paper strip within the tips of the forceps...apply a thin line of glue along the uncut part of your fringed strip leaving a tiny area near your forceps[ taking care to do this helps you to easily remove your forceps/ quilling tool later!]
Fringed flower tutorial 
Simply roll and your finged flower takes shape. Dont apply a lot of glue on your paper strip as then it can get messy while you roll!
Fringed flower tutorial 
If you feel your fringed flower is to small you can add another fringed strip , apply glue and roll again but its easier to join the paper strips at the beginning itself before you roll!
Fringed flower tutorial 
Once you have securely adhered the end of the paper strip , use your fingers to flare out the rolled up strip and create a fringed flower!
Fringed flower tutorial 
The easiest option to stick your fringed flower to the center of the flower you had made is to use a glue gun unless you have time to wait  and want to use liquid glue!
Flower tutorial 
Some of my flowers have 4-5 layers and while applying hot glue to stick the fringed flower center I applied a generous amount so that the central petals too would snugly adhere to the base of the fringed flower!
Paper Flowers Pen Stand
The leaves were stamped & die cut using the Heartfelt creations Botanical rose- wings .
I hope you enjoyed this very basic Paper flower making tutorial !
Heat Embossed Butterfly
Now coming to the rest of the DIY Pen Stand...added a leafy branch [ new Memory Box die I picked up!] on the top border and my favorite spring border on the lower part of the Pen Stand. And what is a garden without a butterfly or two!
Heat Embossed Butterfly
The golden butterfly was stamped- heat embossed on vellum [ Hero Arts stamp] and die cut with the coordinating Sizzix die. Inked the reverse of the vellum butterfly with distress ink to make it more vibrant yet not dominate over the embossing .
Cheery Lynn  Butterfly
I added a chain of golden balls from the golden embossed butterfly to lead to another tiny golden butterfly!The golden balls you see all over are thermocol balls!
Handmade Paper Flowers
Phew ...that was one long post...I hope I didnt bore you too much!

Supplies : Dies : Memory Box Spring Border   , Memory Box Fringe Border   , Memory Box Leafy Branch  ,PoppyStamps Meso background,  Sizzix Tattered Flowers,  Sizzix Butterfly , Heartfelt creations Botanical Wings , Cheery Lynn Butterlfy. Marianne Designs Anja Leaf 3, Marianne Designs House ,
Stamps : Hero Arts Stamp - Die Cut Butterfly Combo, Heartfelt creations Botanical Rose - Wings Stamp- Die Cut combo


  1. Wonderful project Sonia, love the flowers and all your detail, lovely, great tutorial too!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  2. Gorgeous alteration Sonia. I always love to see how beautifully you use dies and diecuts.

  3. Hi Sonia wow I love this and its pretty and your design is wonderful.
    {Debs Cards}

  4. Beautiful pen stand and beautiful background staging for the photo shot too!

  5. A very nice gift that I'm sure the teachers will appreciate.

  6. Wonderful! Your flowers look amazing - thank you so much for sharing how you did this! The recycled can is fabulous! Love it!

  7. Thank you for the excellent tutorial Dr S. You make these cans so pretty with all the intricate details. Again, thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 200th Celebration Week’ challenge!
    Blessings and Hugs, Carole

  8. This is simply amazing. So pretty. I love how you did your flowers

  9. Gorgeous work Sonia !!

  10. Oh my. This is such a glamorous use of an object that would have just been tossed away. Love all the pretty papers, dies and the gorgeous flowers you've used to make something not only pretty, but useful as well. Liked the fluffy yellow feathers combined with the flowers, and of course the sparkle of the butterfly & birdhouse. Also many thanks for the detailed tutorial of how to make the beautiful flowers! Happy wkend & TFS to you & your talented daughter. Hugs

  11. Absolutely stunning!! I love, love it!! The flowers look amazing!! Thank you for the fabulous tutorial!! All of the details are perfect!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. Great project! I love all your bright and pretty details! Thanks for playing along with us over at Poppystamps!
    Take care!

  13. Another wonderful tutorial. The colours on this pen stand are lovely. flowers look so good too.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  14. Thank you for such a detailed tutorial on these beautiful flowers.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
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  15. This is so beautiful!! Love the flowers.. Very beautiful!!

  16. Another fabulous project and tutorial Sonia. I don't know how you find the time for these great recycling projects..loz

  17. Gorgeous pen holder! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial on making those lovely flowers. Your daughter's teachers are so lucky to get such fabulous gifts. Debra x

  18. This is gorgeous! Love the flowers. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  19. yet another wonderful flower tutorial Sonia !!

  20. Sooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING that you upcycled that can and love love love love the flowers!!!!!!!!!!

  21. wow - such a mammoth of a tutorial with so many ideas, thank you for sharing

  22. Stunning, just stunning, gorgeous and also such a good idea for recycling items.

    Hugs, Lori m

  23. Your Daughter's Teacher is going to be so thrilled with this beautiful container. Love the flowers and thank you for the tutorial on making them quite curled, I always wondered how people did it. Beautifully designed.

  24. Wow, just stunning. So vibrant and colourful. Lots of work in this creative piece and great you've added the tutorial. Very creative and just love it! x

  25. Very cute, Recycling is always fun & indeed useful too :)
    Thanks for sharing Sonia

  26. I love how you up-cycle things that most of us throw away (though we do recycle our cans). Your pen stand is lovely. Thank you for the tutorial on how you make your die cut flowers 3-D. My favourite is the embossed butterfly and Prisha's yellow feather.

  27. Lovely makeover! The flowers steal the show and thanks for the awesome tutorial

  28. Loved the dimension flowers have..looks like real petals !

  29. What a great transformation and thanks for sharing the details... loved how you made those flowers.. :)
    Suchi xx

  30. Oh My, Dr. Sonia, you made those teachers so happy to receive such a wonderful, and useful gift. They are so beautiful. Those flowers are gorgeous, and give the pencil cups such dimension!
    Absolutely delightful!


  31. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I love it! I also love that you gave such an amazing tutorial for us too! Wish I was one of the fortunate teachers who got one of these ;) Thank you for playing along in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge! Have a blessed day!

    Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday
    http://collectivecreativity.blogspot.com (my personal blog)

  32. This is so beautiful!! gonna try this with an empty container

  33. Stunning project! I feel the need to go through my recycle bin now! Thank you for joining the Memory Box Challenge.

  34. You and your daughter have created a stunning and festive gift for the teachers, which I'm sure will be treasured, Dr. Sonia! I'm sorry it has taken me so long to come and see you because of my husband's condition, but I do want to thank you very much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #5 and for following me! It's a pleasure to meet you, discover your blog, and follow you, in turn! I hope to see you again soon! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

  35. It's amazing how ordinary unnecessary cans in your hands they become true works of art. Beautiful!
    Thank you that you visited my blog and you left such a nice comment. You are with me always expected guest :-)

  36. Another beautiful sample. I think you will have inspired a lot of people to use dies to create household items or gifts.

  37. Such a beautiful project and I love you paper flowers!!


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