Create Paper Flowers

Updated on September 1, 2019
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Creating paper flowers is one of the most popular paper crafts
Creating paper flowers is one of the most popular paper crafts

Create Paper Flowers for Cards, Scrapbook Pages, and Paper Crafts

Paper flowers have always been popular as embellishments. They are used on scrapbook pages, as compliments to a greeting card, in Bible journaling, and art journals. As the saying goes, "You can never have enough flowers."

They can also be made for use in arrangements, wreaths and as decorations for special events. They are popular for special occasions.

They can be made out of tissue paper and card stock, and even from old books. Have you ever considered making flowers out of coffee filters or cupcake wrappers? You can even make flowers from book pages. I have even cut flowers from cardboard recycled boxes.

They can be made in just about any size that you can think of!

Types of Glue or Adhesive for Paper Flowers

Type Of Glue
Uses
Properties
PVA Tacky Glue
Fast drying for flowers
Thick and fast acting glue
Glue Dots
Can adhere flowers to paper
No waiting to dry-permanent bond
Clear Gel Tacky Glue
Used as a strong bond for flowers
Adds dimension to flowers. Applies and dries clear
Hot Glue Gun
Glue petals together and flowers to surface
Fast and permanent bons
White Glue
Used in Quilled Flowers
Reasonable drying time

Tips for Gluing Flowers

There are a few things to consider when you are gluing flowers together or gluing flowers to other surfaces. Here are some tips for using glues on paper flowers:

  • Not all glues are equal. Always read the labels on the products. They will give you information on the application and uses of the products.
  • Apply adhesive evenly and remove excess quickly. Immediately clean and cap the adhesive container to maintain shelf life and performance.
  • For optimum bond strength, it is imperative that the surfaces are residue and dust free.
  • For projects requiring some durability and strength, like gluing flowers, you can often aid adhesion by roughening the surfaces with fine grit sandpaper to provide “teeth” for adhesives to interlock.
  • Experiment with the glue on scrap pieces of your project. Check for appearance, adhesion and resulting bond
  • Use glue with a thin tip so that the glue flow can be more easily controlled.
  • Always re-cap your glue right away to keep the glue fresh.

Creating Paper Flowers From Electronic Cutting Programs

The easiest way to make paper flowers is to create them from programs from an electronic cutter program. Electronic cutters have patterns built into the programs that allow you to cut a pattern that is either part of a program or a file that you scan into the program.

Some programs, like the Cricut Design Space, allow you to convert files from other sources as part of the program. Some of these source files may be free. Others may have a minimal cost to them. The Cricut design space also allows you to draw paper patterns and designs that you can print to color. There is also a feature that allows you to print an image and then cut that same image.

Some machines, like the Scan and Cut, allows you to scan a pattern into the machine.

Some patterns create flat flowers with intricate designs. You can create layered flowers or rolled flowers.

Other flowers are multi-layered. There are even 3D rolled flowers that are the most realistic.

The nice thing about using electronic cutters is that they do the cutting for you.

What You Will Need:

  • An electronic cutting machine.
  • Cutting mat for the machine. The mat holds paper on it.
  • Spatula to remove the paper flower.
  • Paper of your choice.
  • A thin line pen for some projects.

Tips

  • Make sure that your paper is well adhered to the mat that you are using.
  • Pull the mat away from the paper rather than the flower away from the mat.
  • Make sure that you are cutting st the right setting for the paper that you are using.

Add a flower center with multiple dots using products like Neuvo Drops, Pearl Drops, and Glitter Drops. While they do take some time to dry, the effect is stunning.

Flower stamps can be stamped directly on a project or stamped and cut out
Flower stamps can be stamped directly on a project or stamped and cut out | Source

Creating Paper Flowers With Stamps

There are so many beautiful options when creating flowers with stamps. No matter what flower you can think about, there is probably a stamp for it. There are single flowers and groups of flowers.

They come in both rubber and acrylic and rubber stamps.

They can be stamped on plain paper and colored with colored pencils, watercolors, or markers. They can be stamped on colored paper, glitter paper or metallic paper.

Some stamps come with dies in a set so that you can stamp and then cut them out with the dies.

You can add glitter accents.

What You Will Need:

  • Flower stamps
  • Acrylic block
  • Ink pads
  • Colored markers, colored pencils to add detail or color
  • Detailed scissors to cut the image out.
  • Paper of your choice

Tips

  • For stamping, avoid porous papers such as construction paper or lightweight typing paper.
  • Matte finish coated paper is often the best choice for blending and shading colors when using chalk, oil sticks, or colored pencils.
  • When stamping on coated card stock, pigment inks will not dry because they cannot be absorbed into the paper. If you use pigment ink, it must be heat embossed. If you do not wish your coated card stock project to be heat embossed, stamp with Memories ink. Either heat set it with your embossing heat tool, or allow enough drying time to cure the ink so it won't smear.

The Rule Of Three usually applies to flowers too. It makes your project more balanced. The rule is that flowers that are used on your projects should have at least three elements.

Flowers made with dies are such a rewarding craft. You can use them on cards, scrapbook pages and stand alone flowers.
Flowers made with dies are such a rewarding craft. You can use them on cards, scrapbook pages and stand alone flowers.

Creating Paper Flowers With Dies

Die cut flowers are so lovely to make. They can be cut from dies as a flat or mult-layered flower or they can be a rolled flower.

The dies can either be cut in a manual or electronic die cutting machine.

The paper and the die on placed on plastic plates. The plastic plates are then fed into the die cutting machine. The die cutting machine squeezes the die into the paper, creating the cut design.

Some dies also have the option of being embossed also which will create a raised design on the flower.

What You Will Need:

  • An electronic or manual cutting machine.
  • The plates needed to cut the die
  • Flower dies
  • The paper of your choice

Tips

  • You can add details with some ink. Either ink the edges of the flowers or the raised sections of them.
  • Use washi tape, or other removeable tape, to anchor your die to the surface.
  • If an area in the design is not cutting through all the way, you can create a shim from a sheet of card stock cut into a strip (wide enough to cover the area that needs some extra tension).

How to Shape Die Cut Flowers

Cut some leaves and add them behind your flowers, Leaves add color and depth to your flowers, no matter how they are created.

Creating Paper Flowers With Punches

Flower punches are so easy to use! And beyond the paper, you really need very little to create flowers from simple to elegant in one step. Some of these punches create multi-layered flowers with one punch. Others create a flower with a single punch. The nice thing about punches is that there is no detailed cutting involved.

You can take a similar color ink as the color of the card stock and sponge over your punched flowers.

For a center, you can use a half bead or gem. Did you know that if you do not have the right color, you can color it with alcohol markers? You can also use a button or some Neuvo drops to create a center.

You can also cut a circle or a shape for the center of your flower.

What You Will Need:

  • Flower paper punch
  • Paper of your choice

Tips

  • Always make sure that your punches are sharp before cutting flowers, Punch through a piece of aluminum foil before starting a large project.
  • Layer several layers of flowers for a multi-dimensional look.
  • Lightly curl the edges of your flower with a bamboo skewer.
  • Rub some distress ink on the edges of your flower.
  • A gem can be added to the center.

Creating Vellum Flowers

While vellum is delicate, it can be used to create beautiful flowers.

What You Will Need:

  • Vellum paper
  • Flower stamp of your choice
  • Stamping block
  • Embossing ink pad
  • Dye ink in the color of your choice
  • Heat gun
  • Gems for centers
  • Detailed scissors
  • Hot glue gun or other glue

Tips

  • Distressed ink makes a lovely highlight for your rolled vellum flowers
  • Die ink inks can be used behind the vellum flowers
  • You can lightly roll the edges of the flowers for a more realistic look

.Use a kabob stick to shape your flowers. round the edges to give dimension.

Creating Flowers From Printed Floral Cardstock

There are many printed scrapbook pages that have a floral theme. The flowers on these pages come in all kinds of sizes, shapes, and types of flowers. You can buy these pages as individual pages or as a themed paper pack.

Look for patterns with reasonably sized flowers that repeat in the pattern. That way you can cut out groups of flowers. That way you can layer these flowers.

Once you find the flower you like, you simply cut the shape out with a detailed scissor and layer them. Use glue to layer them.

What You Will Need:

  • Floral printed card stock
  • Detailed scissors
  • Glue
  • Gems and glitter (optional)

Tips

  • You can ink the edges to add depth.
  • Add some glitter to make your flowers shine.
  • Add a gem, or Nuvo drops to the center of the flower. If you do not have the right color, you can color them with an alcohol marker.
  • If the design does not have leaves, cut a few leaves and glue them underneath the flower.

Gorgeous 3D Quilled Flowers and Leaves From Scratch! : Learn to make these gorgeous and colorful flowers and leaves today, from scratch! I'll also show you how and where you can use em in different projects :)
Gorgeous 3D Quilled Flowers and Leaves From Scratch! : Learn to make these gorgeous and colorful flowers and leaves today, from scratch! I'll also show you how and where you can use em in different projects :) | Source

Quilled Flowers

Quilled flowers are made with thin strips of paper, a quilling tool, and some glue.

You can purchase some quilling strips, or you can cut the strips yourself.

You can make a shaped flower or a fringed flower.

You are simply making rolls of paper that are then formed into shapes that the pattern requires. The individual pieces are glued and then glued together to form a pattern.

What You Will Need:

  • Strips of quilling paper or card stock
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Quilling tool
  • Knife
  • Self healing cutting mat
  • Foam board

Tips

  • You will always get better results using a paper quilling tool.
  • Always go light with the glue. You can apply it with a toothpick.
  • Use a shape guide to shape your quills which cuts time.
  • Use a pattern, especially as a beginner.

Glue Dots 3/16-Inch Mini Dots, 252 Clear Dots on-Sheets
Glue Dots 3/16-Inch Mini Dots, 252 Clear Dots on-Sheets

Glue dots are the perfect way to adhere your flowers no matter what your project is. They are perfect for scrapbook pages, greeting cards and art journals. They give more depth and dimension to your flowers by raising them off the base of your project. They come in various sizes or you can use several together on larger flowers.

They have glue on two sides. Each side has a paper covering over the glue area. To use them , you peel one side of the paper off. You affix that side to your flower. Then you feel the other paper off and affix it to your base, Once applied, it will be difficult to move, so place carefully. Much easier then glue to use.

 
Basic Quilling Shapes
Basic Quilling Shapes

Cutting Paper Flowers by Hand

You can use a template to cut your flowers, or you can cut them completely freehand. No matter which way you go, you will need sharp detail scissors. Decorative scissors can be used to create designed edges.

You can make your own templates of petals or flower shapes. Look to nature for your inspiration.

Make your flowers faster by folding paper and making one cut instead of cutting petals one at a time.

What You Will Need:

  • Pencil
  • Paper of your choice
  • Detail Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers for details
  • Ink for edges

Tips

  • Experiment with different papers. See which paper holds up to your technique.
  • Use different media to color your flowers. If you are planning to use watercolors, however, use water color paper.
  • You can use a template, but feel free to experiment with your own shapes and ideas.

Glue Dots are the perfect alternative for gluing flowers on paper.

Using printed papers with your paper flowers add lots of color to your projects
Using printed papers with your paper flowers add lots of color to your projects | Source
EK Success EKCB01 Cutter Bee Precision Scissors, Small
EK Success EKCB01 Cutter Bee Precision Scissors, Small

These are my favorite detail scissors especially useful for this projects. They are sharp and get into the detailed edges that making flowers require, They are comfortable on the hands. Every craft room should have at least one pair of these scissors available,

 

Tissue Paper Flowers

Tissue paper is so much fun to work with. You can get it as white, by the color or in a mixed package. With a few folds and cuts, you are on your way to creating a bouquet of flowers that never wilt.

You can make them in different sizes depending on your needs. They are perfect decor for special occasions. They make a special statement when used as a backdrop.

What You Will Need:

  • Tissue paper in the color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Glue and tape
  • Ruler
  • Pipe cleaners

Tips

  • You can get tissue flowers cut on an electronic cutting machine if you use a rotary blade. You need to use a light tack mat.
  • You can cut multiple layers of tissue papers at once. Stack up to 12 sheets together.
  • Round your edges with stickers.

Printable Flowers

There are many resources where you can find printable flowers. These flowers are sometimes in a PDF format, which means that you will be able to print the flowers right on your computer. Once you print them, you simply cut them with detail scissors.

You should use heavy cardstock of at least 60-65 lb weight. For these types of flowers, generally, you would use a white or off white paper.

They can come as either very detailed colored flower or as a flower outline which you then could color. Just about any coloring medium would do. I am fond of colored pencils and alcohol markers, but do not limit yourself.

If you are planning to use watercolors, you might want to print the flowers on watercolor paper.

What You Will Need:

  • A computer
  • A printer
  • The paper of your choice in white-should be a heavy card stock
  • Detail scissors

Coloring Books and Pages

With adult coloring books becoming so popular, do not overlook them as a resource for flowers for your projects. Often these books have delightfully detailed illustrations that will fit your projects in a very creative way.

There are thousands of resources for printing coloring pages off your home computer.

What You Will Need:

  • Coloring book page
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Detail scissors
  • Card stock
  • Glue

Tips

  • You can always scan the coloring page into your computer to use at a later date. You can do this as long as the page is for your own use.
  • You should scan and print the coloring page on card stock if you are planning to use it as an element on a scrapbook page or on a card. The paper in the coloring book is thin and may rip in use.
  • Try printing the coloring page on colored card stock, Then all you have to do is add details.

Origami Flowers

Origami flowers are just simple cut and fold patterns that are easy to make and inexpensive. Directions often include both the cuts, if any as well as the folding sequence.

Origami Paper

This specialized paper comes in many grades and sizes. They are usually square but also come in rectangular and circular shapes.

What You Will Need:

  • Paper that you will cut into thin strips or pre-cut origami paper
  • Origami tool
  • Scissors
  • White glue

Tips

While they may seem easy to achieve, there are a few things to consider:

  1. Start with simple flowers. Then as you understand how to do these, you can move onto more intricate projects.
  2. Make sure that you understand the size of the finished project. That way you will not be disappointed with the outcome.
  3. Make sure that you understand the folding sequence before starting.
  4. Get lots of paper to work with. You can do origami on just about any lightweight paper. Office copy paper, magazines, and newspaper are the perfect practice papers. There is special origami paper that you can work with.
  5. Do not limit yourself to just solid colored paper. Experiment with printed paper too.
  6. You can use scrapbook paper, construction paper, tissue paper, and even gift wrap.
  7. You should work with nothing less than a 6" x 6" paper.

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