Paper Flower Tutorial – PART 4

The repeating pattern on these lovely blooms make me want to fold little squares of paper all night!

MODIFIED JAPANESE KUSUDAMA FLOWERS

Years ago, I used to teach dance – ballet, tap and jazz.  At the end of each year, I would fold paper flowers for my students as a little congratulations for all they had accomplished that year.  I can still remember spending may nights with bright paper trying to figure out origami folds (and getting a few paper cuts too). I was always facinated to see how such geometric folding patterns could be used to create some really organic looking shapes!  So naturally, I decided to see what I could find in the world of paper folding for our floral tutorial series.

Today, I wanted to start by sharing a link with you to a great flower tutorial, and then share with you a way I modified it to use on a flat surface. This beauty,  the Japanese Kusudama flower over at Folding Trees, is a great way to create beautiful flowers for a home decor or altered item project.  But if you need something that will lay a little flatter, try this modification that I came up with:

Made with 5 -2" squares, this makes a great addition to a card or scrapbook layout.

Oh, and don’t forget to come by tomorrow for the last day of our tutorial series.  Let’s just say – it will be worth the wait!

A PDF version of this tutorial will be available soon!  Please check back for updates.

Paper Flower Tutorial – PART 3

They look so much like the real ones that I can almost convince myself that they smell!

DIANTHUS

My husband is the one with a green thumb in our family! While we both enjoy being out in the garden that we have just started to develop in the last couple of years, he is the one with flower power – he can name almost anything he sees, and he knows what to expect from so many blooms.  That works out great for me – I simply have to use my uber technical botanical terminology (something like, “Honey, I want smelly pinkish flowers”) and they magically appear.

Our pretty pink Dianthus are some of my favourite smelly floral treats.  So, creating a paper version was pretty easy since I often see them up close when I am stuffing my nose in them! :)  The pdf printable tutorial I posted yesterday received some positive feedback, so I thought I would create another one for today!

A little shimmer and ink makes these pretty blossoms shine!

Enjoy this little tutorial that will have you growing paper Dianthus as well as my hubby can grow the real ones!

Oh, and over at Flying House by Travelling Mama, there is a super simple, but very cute flower tutorial that you need to check out!  I can see a few different variations for this one too!  Have fun!

Last but not least – I hope you have been keeping up with the tutorials because tomorrow I’ll announce a challenge to help us celebrate this series and to get you involved in this fun week of flower power!  See you tomorrow!

Paper Flower Tutorial – PART 2

Dandelion

The contrasting colours on this design really help to make the shape POP!

DANELIONS

This summer, I received my first ever flower from my daughter – a lovely little yellow Dandelion!  I have to admit that I used to think of these “flowers” as “weeds”, but when it was proudly delivered by a two-year old with a smile that can melt even the coldest heart, these petals were transformed in my mind forever!

So, for our second day of paper flower tutorials, I wanted to create a little something to commemorate that memory.  Capturing the round, “fringy” shape was the goal, and I love the effect created by the two contrasting colours in this design!  There are a fair number of simple steps involved, so I thought I would put together a printable PDF for you with all of the instructions.  This way, instead of printing pages of instructions from the blog, you’ll have a concise little 2 pager to keep in your book of ideas!  Get a copy of it here!

And if you are looking for even more ideas today, check out these pretty cardstock flowers over at Such a Pretty Mess.  I love the “brad-like” center that Gabrielle Pollacco creates for these pretty handmade petals.

Remember to come back tomorrow for PART 3 of the tutorial series!

Paper Flower Tutorial – PART 1

This little bloom was made with MM Whimsy collection - single sided paper

ROLLED PAPER ROSES

For those of you who know me personally, you might find it hard to believe that I love paper flowers as much as I do.  Let’s just say that I am not the most “girly girl” that you will find.  But there is something about a beautiful piece of paper that has been transformed into something that I might see blooming in a garden that really does make me smile.  And making them…that’s even better!

So I thought it might be fun to put together a handmade flower tutorial series here at SCRaPPY CaNuCK STuDios that do not require any fancy die cuts or punches.

The dark purple are Bazzil. Made for my friend Paula!

All this week, I will be posting a series of videos and photo-based tutorials that will have you blooming flowers all over the place!  And each day, I will also feature a tutorial that I came across on another scrappy person’s blog – just to make sure that by the end of this week you are up to your eyeballs in petals!

So let’s get started!  My very favourite of all paper flowers are the rolled rosettes!  Here’s my take on these pretty embellishments:

And once you are finished making a set of these pretties, check out some beautiful poppy-like flowers over at “A Little Hut” by Patricia Zapata! I think I will make a set of these today!

So what do think?  Was this a good start to the week?