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Paper Folded Flowers
Create these intricately folded flowers for use as a table centrepiece – they are sure to be admired.

Paper flowers are a wonderful home decoration, and by making your own you can choose colours that will harmonise with your décor. These orchid-like flowers are inspired by kusudama, Japanese origami flowers.
The number of petals can vary from flower to flower: for this project, the red flowers have three folded petals each and the orange blooms have five petals each.

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  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut out three squares of red paper 70mm (2¾in) each. Place these onto scrap paper. Using the floral rubber stamp and red ink, print and stamp all over the paper squares in
a random pattern.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold each square in half, point to point, with the stamped pattern outermost.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 3
    Step 3

    Run the ink pad along the open edges of the shape.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 4
    Step 4

    With the fold horizontal and the point at the top, fold both bottom corners upwards and in towards the top point.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 5
    Step 5

    Crease each fold.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 6
    Step 6

    Open out the two folds.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 7
    Step 7

    Keeping the long edge horizontal and facing you, fold the right-hand corner up to meet the crease you have just made on the right-hand side.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 8
    Step 8

    Do the same for the left-hand side. The two points will now extend over the outer edges of the shape.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 9
    Step 9

    Gently fold the overlapping corners over the edges of the shape.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 10
    Step 10

    Using a cocktail stick, apply glue to one of the uppermost triangle folds.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 11
    Step 11

    Bring the other side in to meet the fold, and form a cone. Hold the sides in place whilst the glue dries. Then push down the small inner folds to create a stamen.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 12
    Step 12

    Repeat steps 2 to 9 to create two more red petals.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 13
    Step 13

    Glue the petal shapes together by the short, flat areas.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 14
    Step 14

    Thread a length of floristry wire through the centre of the flower. Apply a dab of strong glue to the tip of the wire, then pull it back down inside the flower so that it attaches to the flower. Be careful not to get glue on your fingers.

  • How to make a paper flower. Orchid Arrangement - Step 15
    Step 15

    This completes the first flower. Make as many as you would like, to form a bouquet.

    Tip
    Flowers with five petals can be made in much the same way following steps 2 to 9. At step 10, five petals are glued together to make
a larger flower.

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