So much of our time is spent researching, testing and creating custom decor pieces for our clients. It's probably my favorite aspect of the planning process! Recently I've been trying my hand at these deliciously delightful paper flowers in preparation for an upcoming wedding. There are about a million different ways to approach this project, including a plethora of different materials you can use.
Today I wanted to share how to make a simple peony inspired flower. This style is the easiest for beginners and prepares you nicely for making the more intricate styles that we'll share with you down the road. Giant paper flowers are a great option for wall decor, backdrops or as a small (or large) accent to any event. They are whimsical, fluffy and brighten up the space they're in! Here's how to create this style at home:
- Hot glue gun
- Glue Sticks
- 8.5 x 11 printer paper (32lbs or lighter)
- A good pair of scissors
To get started you'll want to roughly cut a circle shape out of one sheet of paper, using about half of the sheet. Then take nine sheets of paper and cut them into large sized "petals" using almost the entire sheet. For this style of flower there's no need to trace an outline as you can easily shape these into petals freehand with your scissors.
After you finish with your large petals, move on to making your medium sized petal shapes. Take one sheet of paper and cut it in half. Use each half to cut into the shape of a petal. You'll need about nine of this size as well. Don't worry too much about being exact as it's ok if on every petal is identical and I think it looks better if they're different. You can stop here, or you can create a third or even fourth size of petal depending on how full you would like your flower to be.
Once you have all of your petals prepped set them aside in organized piles. Take your paper circle and start adding petals individually using your hot glue gun. I opted to fold some of my petals in the middle so that they would stand up and add some body to the shape of the flower. If you fold them in the middle, add light dabs of glue to the creases to create a solid hold to the shape. Then thickly layer each petal on top of the other one at a time. I was generous with the amount of glue I used although it doesn't take much. You can also manipulate and bend each petal a little bit to lay the way you feel looks the best.
You'll notice that the petals may not lay exactly how you would like them. Test out how you layer each petal a bit before you glue it, but keep in mind that we'll be touching up the flower and curling the petals after we've completed the gluing stage. After you complete your first layer with large petals, move on to creating your additional layers using the same strategy. Pick a starting point and continue layering each size accordingly.
After you have created your second, third, or fourth layer you're ready to make your center. You'll take one full sheet of paper and fold it in half four times. With scissors, cut any of the top edge pieces that are connected to separate the strands, but leave the side edges connected. Then cut the paper into very thin strips stopping about an inch from the bottom.
Use hot glue to generously cover the folded edge and place it in the center of your flower. Depending on how many layers you used, you may want to cut down the length of center fringe in order for it to fit nicely before gluing into your center. Take a few extra seconds to firmly press the bottom of the fringe piece down. When it's nice and dry, separate all of the individual pieces and bend and manipulate them to create a full center in the middle of you flower. You can give it a nice fluff!
To finish, you'll want to shape your petals to create a more realistic and delicate flower. Use your sharpie (or a thick marker) to roll the edges of your petals. Roll some inward, some outward. It's also nice to pick petals that you only roll one corner as opposed to the entire thing.
After all of your edges are rolled and you're happy with your shape you're done! Enjoy your beautiful giant paper flower! Hang it on the wall, maybe make it a few friends to keep it company, and it will make you smile for days. If you try this project at home please send us a photo as we would love to see your flowers. Happy creating lovelies!