How to Make a Paper Towel Flower Greeting Card
This craft just came to me one day while I was finishing off a decoupage project. I had run out of decoupage medium and decided to ‘cheat’ by making some with white liquid glue and water. As usual, I made a big mess and cleaned up with some paper towel. The next morning the paper towel was still lying on my desk and I noticed how stiff it was from the glue mix but I could still cut through it with a pair of scissors.
It is super easy to make these greeting card flowers and a really fun activity for young and old. I love the extra texture that the paper towel adds to the flower petals on this design.
You Will Need:
White liquid glue such as Elmers
Sheets of plain white paper towel
Card stock paper
A 1 inch wide paint brush. If you don't have a brush you can just use your fingers.
Markers (colors of your choice)
Hot glue gun
Marking the Paper Towel and Making the Petals
First, mix equal quantities of the white liquid glue and water.
Paint some of the glue on a piece of cardstock. This card will strengthen your flower petals. I used a white card in this project, but you can use whichever color you like. A nice bright red will shine through the paper towel for instance and turn your paper towel a pinky color.
Lay a strip of paper towel on the cardstock. Press down so that the paper towel adheres to the glue.
Smooth your hand over the paper towel to iron out any bubbles. Don't rub too hard because you will tear the paper towel.
Now paint a layer of glue over the top of the paper towel. You should only paint one layer, but be generous. If the brush breaks your paper towel you could always use your fingers to spread the glue mixture. Make sure you coat the entire surface.
Allow the papers to dry overnight.
I like to hang mine up with clothes pegs, once they are semi-dry but it sometimes makes the paper curl. If this happens place the paper under some heavy books. It will straighten out again.
If you are in a hurry you could use a blow dryer or heat gun to hasten the drying process.
Your dried paper should be rigid.
You could just leave the paper white as I did with the first two pictures in this hub, the rose, and the daisy, or you could draw on the paper towel side. I like to make stripes and squiggles because you never know what it will look like on the flower petal after cutting them out.
Now draw a petal on the reverse side (card stock or smooth side). You don't want to see pencil marks on your petals.
Cut it out and use it as your template so that all your petals are the same size and shape.
Trace more petals on to your paper and cut out around 12.
You can use any shape. Diamond, or balloon shapes, or triangles all make great looking flowers.
Once you have all your petals, fold some card stock in half to make the actual greeting card. You can buy pre-cut and pre-folded cards from your local hobby store to save time.
I like to put a darker color on a lighter card to showcase my paper towel flower. So I sometimes paste a darker square piece of paper on the front of the card. Then glue my petals in the center of the square. It could be a circle or diamond shape. Do whatever you want.
Place a generous amount of hot glue in the center of the square and start arranging your petals around it, inserting the ends into the glue.
Put another dollop of glue in the center of your flower and arrange more petals around it, covering the joins of the lower level.
I usually place 4 petals in a layer.
Once done you could put a bead or button in the center to add to your flower.
When the glue is dry, gently bend the tips of the top 2 layers up to give your flower a 3 dimensional appearance.
Marking the Paper TowelClick thumbnail to view full-size
Balloon and Triangle Petals
You can build paper towel flowers on other surfaces too. It doesn't have to be on cardstock only.
I craft a lot with teabags and used this paper towel flower craft on a teabag wrapped canvas. See this article for tips and easy instructions.
Paper Towel Flower on a Tea Bag Wrapped CanvasClick thumbnail to view full-size
Washable Color Markers
What kind of card do you prefer?
Do prefer receiving a physical or an online greeting card?
© 2013 Celeste Wilson