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How To: Make Paper Flowers!

By Aryn Henning Nichols

In my adult life I’ve often found myself grateful to my crafty mother for teaching me her crafty ways. While my siblings and I complained during 4-H Fair Time as we cut out patterns and sewed our own dresses, skirts, etc., re-covered old chairs and learned to use cameras, I’ve found these things to be incredibly useful – and fun – in real life. (Thanks, Mom!) There’s another crafty thing my mom taught me that I’ve also used again and again to impress friends and hosts: the homemade paper bow. For the Spring 2011 issue of Inspire(d) (pictured above), I adapted it to be a paper flower for May Day Baskets. I find it is charming like this, but remember – as you’re wrapping your next present, don’t forget your scrap paper bits! You can make a super cool bow too! Leave it as one layer (like the flowers shown), or make more bow “flowers” to stick on top of the first (starting with smaller and smaller squares) to add more dimension.

Whatever your plan, here’s how you start!

Supplies:
Wrapping (or any other) paper
Scissors
Tape
Straw or stick (only needed if you’re making a flower)

1. Cut your piece of paper into a square .

2. Fold the bottom corner up to the top, making a triangle.

3. Fold the left corner to the right, making a smaller triangle (imagine you’re making a paper snowflake…)

4. Fold one more time. Keep the inside tip down (this is the center of the flower).

5. Cut the end of the triangle, rounding it off.

6. Cut all the seams up to about half an inch to an inch from the center. Do not cut all the way or your flower will fall apart.

7. Open the flower – it should look like this!

8. Get eight pieces of tape ready to go.

9. Flip over the flower and bring each petal’s ends together. Tape.

10. Cut a small strip of paper and make into a roll. Tape, then roll a piece of tape, sticky side out, and attach it to the paper roll.

11. Attach to your flower (or bow).

12. If you’re using as a flower, attach a stick or a straw, like we did here. Enjoy and Happy May Day!

P.S. Here’s the template for our May Day Baskets! Click for the printable pdf.

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11 Paper Projects for Summer!

School’s over! Summer! Exciting! No? Worried about keeping little hands less-than-idle? How about some good, old-fashioned paper projects? We put together a little list of our favorites.

Learn how to make:

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Flowers (or bows)

Super easy and fun for a gift, on a message board, to decorate a wall, or on some sticks as a little bouquet.

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Heart Garland

This sweet garland is so pretty hanging above a threshold or even, if you’re not worried about rain, decorating a space outside for a party!

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Stars

We love the idea of making a bunch of these and grouping them together to hang above a table or in a corner of a room.

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Gnome Hat + Beard

Well…this one is a classic. Get ready for Nordic Fest!

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Super Fly Airplane

What’s better on a summer day than a paper airplane race? Try this one against your favorite pattern and let us know who wins!

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Pinwheel

Windy day? Pinwheeeeeeeeeel!!

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Bird

Putting a bird on it is so 2000s, but we still love this little guy. Super easy and fun to make!

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Lantern

Obviously, we’re into the summer parties. It doesn’t have to be an Asian theme to have paper lanterns. Hang these with your Christmas lights strung throughout for a pretty and fun little scene.

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Origami Crane

Always wanted to learn how to fold an origami crane? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial!

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Fortune Teller

Check out this printable to find out your future!

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Unicorn Pinata

This is, as we’ve said before, our most EPIC PAPER PROJECT EVER! It takes a few days, but the finished product is pretty amazing. If you do decide to make this lovely unicorn, PLEASE let us know – we’d love to see pics at facebook.com/iloveinspired!

Happy Summer! Enjoy!

XO,
Inspire(d)