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let me make you some giant paper flowers
From the get-go, I wanted large paper flowers to create the Thumblina/Alice in Wonderland-ish effect for our garden reception. My amazing mom came up with the pattern which we then duplicated about 30 times for all the centerpieces, walkways, and stairs. The great thing about paper flowers is that we could create them with plenty of time before the wedding without worrying about the typical wilting. That said, by the wedding day we then had 30 huge paper poppies "growing" in our house so we were plenty ready to get them out! Making the flowers is as easy as pie. You'll need a large surface to work on because these puppies are massive.

If making multiple flowers, I would suggest making a template of the petals and leaves on chipboard

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  • Step 1

    The base of the flower is 9" wide so you can start by marking the middle of the short end of the paper at the 9" mark and then marking 4 1/2 inches out on either side.

  • Step 2

    Create the shape of the petal. You can either copy this picture and blow it up to the right size or create your own (use your creativity!).I drew it in marker here so it would be clearer, but use pencil. It's roughly the shape of a light bulb or shell with lots of undulating waves. You don't want them too precise, they're flowers! From the 9" mark on the short side of the paper draw a 5" line up the middle.

  • Step 3

    Cut the shapes out.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Giant Paper Flowers - Step 4
    Step 4

    Create the texture for the petal. We kept it simple by folding the paper over the ruler from the widest rim to the center of the shortest side. Space them out about every 1-1 1/2 inches. Remember not to be too precise. Then, turn the petal over and turn every other fold the opposite way like an accordian fold. It might look a little too much like a sea shell at this point, but don't worry, it gets better.

  • Step 5

    Overlap one of the 5" split sections by gluing one piece over the other, about 2-3". This will create a cupping shape with the petal. ( I made mine with the glue coming out to make it more obvious.

  • Step 6

    Repeat for each of the remaining 6 sheets.

  • Step 7

    Assemble the flower. Take three petals and glue one on top of the other so they are evenly spread around to form the center of the flower.

  • Step 8

    Evenly spread the remaining four petals around the center to create the outer petals.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Giant Paper Flowers - Step 9
    Step 9

    Create the stamen by drawing a 16" circle from the yellow sheet of paper and cutting it out.

  • Step 10

    Create the center by drawing a 10" circle from the black sheet of paper and cutting it out. I found a 10" bowl to trace.

  • Step 11

    Cut 3" strips around the perimeter of the black center at every 1/2" mark or so.

  • Step 12

    Do the same to the yellow stamen, about 5" strips.

  • Step 13

    Slightly and gently use the edge of the closed scissors to curl the cut yellow strips of the yellow stamen and the black center, much like curling ribbon for a gift.

  • Step 14

    Glue the yellow stamen to the center.

  • Step 15

    Glue black center into the yellow stamen.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Giant Paper Flowers - Step 16
    Step 16

    Make the leaves. Using the 25" as the width and the 19" as the height, fold the edge into the center. Do the same to the other side. This will create two leaves. Use the fold as the center of each leaf and draw a half a leaf shape.

  • Step 17

    Cut out the shape to reveal the full leaf. Do the same to the other side.

  • Step 18

    Glue two leaves together. Make as many leaves are you would like. I used 5 in a few shades of pastel and deep olive greens (not the nasty greens I have pictured here.)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. Giant Paper Flowers - Step 19
    Step 19

    Group the leaves around the flower and glue together at the bottom. Voila!

    Easy beazy right?

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Anike P.
Anike P. · Portland, Oregon, US · 1 project
I think I'm going to decorate the house with these. I love the feeling of being a bug in a garden.

What did you use for the stems? I was thinking bamboo might work nicely.
Supernova's Child
Supernova's Child · Lisbon, Lisbon, PT · 98 projects
I love it; it reminds me of a poppy.

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