The snow has returned this week. I know it is only MARCH, but the warmer days and the sunshine had given me hope that the ground hog was wrong and that spring was here. The kids are away for spring break with their Grandparents so I was feeling especially lonely. When I’m lonely, I love to craft and what better way to brighten my mood and welcome in spring, then with a bouquet of flowers.
Paper flower crafts can be easy or complex. With a little bit of resourcefulness and creativity, you can incorporate them into just about any holiday; Easter breakfast, anniversary or even your wedding day. I love that you can play around with the colours, type of paper and textures to create stunning arrangements with simple tools you can find around the house. They are great crafts for adults, girls night in or kids and the best part is, these beautiful flower arrangements will not die before the holiday ends!
My Spring Paper Bouquet
Start with 4 square pieces of paper.
Step 1: Fold diagonally. Then fold diagonally again and again. You should fold it 3 times.
Step 2: Draw and cut out a wavy petal shape on the side that is perpendicular to the solid fold.
Step 3: Cut a small piece off the tip.
Step 4: Repeat step 1-3 on each paper.
Step 5: Open one paper and cut 1 petal out. Place both pieces aside.
Step 6: Open the second paper and cut 2 petal out. Place both pieces aside.
Step 7: Open the third paper and cut 3 petal out. Place both pieces aside.
Step 8: Open the last paper and cut 4 petal out. Place on pieces aside and discard the other
Step 9: Starting with the first one, glue over lap one petal on each side. Repeat with the second, third and forth.
Step 10: Using the 2 petal cutout, fold each side to meet middle line and glue overlapping pieces.
Step 11: Using the single petal, fold into a cone.
Step 12: Using a pen, curl and shape each petal
Step 13: Glue the tips of each flower and insert them in one another in ascending order.
Step 14: Shape and add greenery
Paper Calla Lilly
Begin with 1 square sheet, two long narrow pieces and a stem (I used a pipe cleaner)
Step 1: Draw the shape of a calla lilly on square paper and cut it out
Step 2: Use a pen to curl both sides of the flower.
Step 3: Take your coloured narrow piece and glue on to stick.
Step 4: Add a Long leaf
Paper Kusudama (star)Flower
Begin with 5 squares of paper
Step 1: Fold one piece in a diagonal
Step 2: With the point at the top, fold both sides in to make a diamond
Step 3: Puff out both sides and fold flat to create 3 equal diamonds
Step 4: Fold down the tips of the outer two diamonds.
Step 5: Fold the outer two diamonds in half.
Step 6: Fold outer two diamonds in half and glue together.
Step 7: Repeat 4 other times.
Step8: Glue all the small edges together.
Step 8: Add a pipe cleaner, greenery and leaves.
Start with 1 square paper
Step 1: Fold in half
Step 2: From the two open edges, cut 1 cm thick bars lines from end to 1 cm away from crease.
Step 3: Begin by wrapping and gluing the top edge to the pipe cleaner.
Step 4: After you go around a few times, pause and separate and curl the bars with a pen. Then continue this process until your first piece of paper is completely wrapped and curled.
Step 5: Add greenery and leaves.
Try to event some of your own!! It is very relaxing and therapeutic!