Paper Flower Basics
|There are dozens of ways to create paper flowers|
If you are a paper crafter, at some point you at going to want to make some paper flowers. They can be used to make arrangements for seasons, to make as gifts, to craft like a special occasion like a wedding, birthday, or baby shower. There are so many shapes, colors, and sizes that you can create. Whatever your need is, there are paper flowers to create.
The first thing to consider is the kind of cardstock you should use. For the best results, you should consider using good quality cardstock. I have had the best results with 176 gram/ 65 lb weighted paper. I also have used 80 lb paper with great results. Never go above 8o lb paper, The paper will be difficult to create and form your flowers. It is just too have to work with. There are so many colors and textures to chose from. Take time to visit different craft paper sources to get the best paper at the best prices.
There are some flowers that are made with crepe paper. We will cover those in a different post.
What Kinds Of Flowers Can You Make?
- Giant Flowers- they are about the largest flowers that you can make. They are generally used as wall or backdrop decor. You can use them for a wedding, a special birthday, prom or special occasion decorations.
- Rolled Flowers- These flowers are cut usually from an SVG file and then rolled with a quilling tool to form a flower.
- Tissue Paper Flowers- These are created from pieces of tissue paper
- Crepe paper Flowers-Flowers formed from crepe paper
- Die Cut Flowers-Shapes and layers cut in a die cutting machine
- Quilled Flowers-Uses specific paper shapes to create 3 D flower forms
- Layered Flowers-Shapes that are cut or punched, then layered on top of one another
- Foam Flowers-Die cut or hand cut with foam, shaped into petals and formed with a tool
How Much Paper Will I Need?
- 1 -2 pieces for petals
- :1-2 pieces for the center
- 1-2 pieces for leaves
Giant Flowers will take a lot more cardstock than standard flowers, Based on using 8.5 inch by 11 inch cardstock, you will need
- 16-17 sheets for the petals for extra-large giant flowers
- 10-11 sheets for a large giant flower
- 5-6 sheets for a medium giant flower
Not Just Paper More Paper Flower Materials
Other Supplies That You Will Need To Create Flowers
- A sharp pair of scissors if you are not using a cutting machine, Dull scissors will but cut the petals cleanly. You will be disappointed with the results..Make scutting machine sure that your electronic cutting machine blade is sharp, You can push it through a ball of aluminum foil about 20 times to make sure that it is good and sharp.
- Glue gun and sticks
- Tacky glue will also hold your flowers together. It dries quickly.
- Thin wooden dowel or bone folder to curl your leaves
- Shape makers for forming petals.
- Fringe scissors are used to create detailed flower centers
- Pinking shears can add detail to the edges of some flower centers
- Detail scissors are useful to add small interact cuts
- Quilling tools-used to create rolled paper flowers
- Inks and ink blender tools used to distress the edges of flower petals
- Wire for stems if you are making a bouquet or a corsage
- Floral tape to cover the wire
- Ribbon to add to any corsage, wreath, or other arrangements
- Wreath bases come in a variety of sizes and materials
- Shaper tools that help create shapes in petals
Cutting Your Flowers
Files To Cut Flowers
What Is The Right Adhesive For Paper Flowers
- Make sure to close or replace the cap when you are not using it. That will help keep your glue in good shape to the very last of it.
- Let the glue air dry a few seconds before you place the pieces together. That will help the pieces stick together better.
- Give it time to dry. Try not to handle the pieces, That will help against slipping.
- Store your glues upside down. That way when you go to use them, the glue will come right out.