Today’s DIY paper flower tutorial is a great one for kids! It’s a perfect, low-cost project for youth groups or summer camp. It is simple, colorful, and I’ll bet you already have all of the items on hand.
Supplies needed for this DIY paper flower tutorial:
- DCWV Matchmakers Cardstock Stack (or this Premium Cardstock, in any color you choose)
- EK Tools Circle Punch: 1.5 inches
- Circle Punch: 1 inch
- Striped Paper Straws
- Fiskars Paper Trimmer (or scissors, but the trimmer makes this project sooo much easier!)
- 3-D Adhesive Foam Dots
That’s all you need. I told you that you probably had all of the “ingredients” in your stash already for this DIY paper flower tutorial!
After you select your cardstock paper colors, begin by cutting the cardstock into 1/2″ by 6″ strips.
A little note here. I used 12 x 12 cardstock. If you are working with 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock, cut your strips 1/2″ x 5 1/2 (in half). I am all about best utilizing the paper you are using.
When you have your paper strips cut, start gluing the strips into loops. This is where your little helpers can join in. A regular old glue stick will be a wonderful adhesive here.
You will need to hold the ends of the loops closed until the adhesive dries, and they stay together.
Keep gluing all of your loops. Then start to assemble your flowers. Adhere the loops, alternating the loops on the top and bottom of the stacked loops.
Make your loops as close together as you want. The more loops, the fuller the flower will be.
Hold the flower together until the adhesive sets.
Then, using nesting circle punches (two similar sized), cut two flower centers.
Adhere the larger punched circle to the center of the flower.
Then add a dimensional adhesive square to the second circle, and stack it on top of the larger circle.
Continue with all of your flowers!
To add a “stem” to your finished flower, flip it to the backside. (I used hot glue for this step) Adhere a paper straw to the center of the flower.
Then cover the straw with an additional large circle punch, adhering with hot glue, and holding it into place until the glue dries.
This will make your flowers sturdy, and look nice from the back.
That’s it for this DIY paper flower tutorial!
My helpers came up with some pretty color combinations. We had a fun day in the craft room adding some pops of color to our home.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).