Paper flowers are beautiful in a centerpiece for a wedding, or taped to the wall in a nursery or girls room. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make them!
It’s been raining non stop for the last several days and that has me inside drinking tea and working on a variety of projects. Do you notice anything about this flower arrangement that I put together today? It can be rather frustrating when the rest of the country has gorgeous garden flowers growing or available at the grocery store or wholesale flower market and here it’s slim pickings. I have to get creative and am going to share a tutorial today on an easy craft that I think you flower lovers will enjoy! See how and keep reading:
Paper Flowers – How To Make Realistic Flowers For Centerpieces
We recently changed coffee makers and I had several stacks of filters that would no longer fit in the basket style (round). Here is a quick DIY on how I make my coffee filter flowers. I have another tutorial on making RIBBON ROSES that you might be interesting in.
- First you need to dye your filters. There are lots of tutorials around and I just do it my way by filling up a small bucket with hot water and either LIQUID RIT DYE or food coloring. Just add a small amount at first and try dipping just the ends or the entire filter. I had two types of filters…white and brown and I played around until I liked the results.
Paper Flowers – No Template Required DIY
- Here are your supplies needed…coffee filters (and dye, food coloring or watered down paint), scissors, stapler, masking tape. You can add pipe cleaner stems, but I did not in this case.
- After your coffee filters are dyed and dried you’ll need to fold in half and then in half again. TIP – You can dye the coffee filters in bunches and then separate once dry. Makes it faster!
- Take several filters and with them folded into this quarter round shape, cut the edges with a scallop shape. They don’t need to be perfect, as garden flowers in nature never are. I had two sizes of filters here, but one works size works too.
- For most of my flowers I used 6 filters. Once I had the scallops cut I laid them out flat again and then folded them all together back into quarters. Then I put a staple at the end as shown to hold.
- Once secured with the staple, lay them out flat again, placing what you’d like for your center towards the top.
- Take a pencil and from the top gather up your layers around the pencil to bring in the flower shaping.
- Starting from the top layer squish and carefully twist the paper from the underside, leaving the petal part as it is. Repeat this with each additional layer of your flower and you’ll start to see the flower taking shape.
- Once you’ve done this, grab the flower from underneath and twist and pinch to form the shape shown. You are almost finished!