Flower tutorial – A Mum for Michele

The other night, fellow CropChocolate design team member Michele was encouraging us to get going on a project for the weekly challenge at CropChocolate. So, I thought I would take this chance to create a flower that was inspired by Michele (classic colours, with a bit of sass and spunk), and put together a tutorial for you!   I have actually seen a number of flowers of a similar shape popping up on Pinterest lately, all of which seem to be made with felt.  But you know how I love my pretty paper, so I thought I would use the paper cone trend to come up with my own version of this “Mum-like” bloom (and with Mother’s Day around the corner, what better time to make some pretty mums 😉 ).

Here’s how you can create one too:

Step 1

Cut 12 – 1 1/2″ square and 11 – 1″ square (this will yield a flower with a 3″ circumference).  You can vary the size if you want a different size bloom, just remember that the smaller you go, the more challenging it is to roll the paper cones.

Step 2

Take each of your paper square and roll them into a paper cone with a point at the back end.  I tried to keep mine fairly uniform, but don’t worry about this too much – remember, flowers in nature are all one of kind!

Step 3

Punch a small 1″ circle (or cut one free-hand – you will not see it once the flower is complete so don’t worry about how it looks), and start gluing down your 1 -1/2″ cones in a circular pattern.  I used my glue gun, but any quick dry adhesive will work.  If you have varied the size of your squares, place them all down first to determine your spacing and to see if you will need more squares to fill in the spaces.

Step 4

Once you have finished all of your large paper cones, start layering the smaller ones on top placing them in the spaces in between the larger cones.  Continue in a circular pattern as you did with the first layer.

Step 5

Take a 1″X6″ strip of paper, fold it in half and fringe cut along the folded edge. This will become the center of your flower.

Step 6

Roll the fringed paper and glue the end.  Use your fingers to spread out the fringe at the top edge.

Step 7

Glue the fringe into the middle of the flower with your glue gun, glue dot, or any other quick drying adhesive.  Voila!  A beautiful bloom ready to adorn a card or even packaging (this would make a beautiful bow).

So there you have it – another paper flower to add to your repertoire! I am off to CropChocolate to post this finished card into the weekly challenge!  I might even pop on over to the DoYouStackUp blog to enter it into their weekly challenge since it is all about stripes!  Thanks for stopping by, and always, I would love to see projects you might create with this tutorial!  Leave me a link below and I will be sure to check it out!!  Have a great week everyone!


Paper Flower Tutorial – PART 3

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


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!