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Spring has sprung and I just want to fill my house with all. the. flowers.
And then I remember that a) I live in the inner-city b) we have a small backyard that doesn’t produce many floral delights and c) I’m too tight to spend money on flowers.
So paper flowers will have to fill the void! These are also the perfect bouquet for any hayfever sufferers out there.
These paper blooms were inspired by a recent visit to the Australian Botanic Gardens at Mount Annan.
Every year, over half a million seeds are planted to create the most glorious display of paper daisies.
When you stand up close to the flowers, they actually make a crinkly paper sound in the breeze.
So this is what they look like in real life…
And this is what we ended up with.
When I asked Miss 4 for her verdict on the crafted product, she replied “They’re crinkly!”
What you will need to make paper flowers
Thin paper (We used butchers paper.)
Pink and white paints*
Various painting implements
Circle stencil template
*Paper daisies come in pink, yellow and white. Who am I to tell you that your paper flowers need to be pink?
Feel free to paint a rainbow-filled bouquet.
How to make paper flowers
Paint your sheet of paper.
This step is perfect for exploring tinting and colour-mixing with children.
Layer your paper with different tints of the colour you are using and experiment with different painting implements.
Once the painted paper is dry, trace three circles of different size on your sheet and cut them out.
Fold these circles into quarters.
This next part of the process definitely requires a proficient scissors user.
Holding the vertex of your folded circle, cut towards the vertex. The vertex will unfold to create the centre of your flower so don’t cut to close to the tip.
About 5mm from the vertex, cut back up towards the curve of your paper to create petal shapes.
Probably best to just watch the video to see this step in action.
Carefully unfold your quarters.
Layer your parts from biggest circle to smallest.
Glue the 3 parts together and top with a yellow centre.
What to do with your paper flowers?
Tape them onto wire or pipe cleaners and display them in a vase.
Create a mobile or a garland.
Use them as gift tags or to create greeting cards.
Arrange them in a shadow box.
You could cover your flowers in a sealant like Mod Podge and then glue them onto a headband or bar pin for a DIY brooch.
Incorporate them into small world play.