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a sweet gift
wanted to make a cute gift to congratulate a friend.

Posted by Pramodini Arela from San Diego, California, United States • Published See Pramodini Arela's 53 projects »
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  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 1
    Step 1

    THE TEMPLATE. You can find the template at http://meholder.blogspot.tw/2009/03/paper-flower-tutorial.html. Just transfer it to word, resize it to however big you want your rose to be, and print it out. Or, if you have a large six-petal punch, you can use that too. This just gives you the freedom to change the size.

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 2
    Step 2

    TRACE AND CUT OUT OF COLORED PAPER. Trace your template on your colored construction paper. With my A4 sized paper, I was able to get about 6 cut out by folding in half and then folding into thirds. But it will depend on the size of your paper and template. You need 3 to make a whole flower.

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 3
    Step 3

    FOLD. from indent to indent, fold the flower shapes. DON'T TRACE THE LINES. I just did that so it is easy to see.

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 4
    Step 4

    COLOR EDGES WITH PASTELS. Using your oil pastels, find a color that is slightly darker than your paper and rim the shape. The more you use, the darker the edges will be and the more prominent the color will contrast.

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 5
    Step 5

    SMUDGE THE PASTEL TO FADE THE COLOR. Using the cotton swab or Q-tip, fade the pastel inward, rubbing firmly. You will want to start from the edge and pull toward you, following the curve of the arch so that you don't have any straight lines. mostly, you just keep rubbing until you get the ombre effect.

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 6
    Step 6

    CUT THE FLOWER PETALS. with one, cut up one of the fold lines stopping at the middle. for the second. cut out one of the petals, again stopping at the middle. and for the third, cut out TWO petals.

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 7
    Step 7

    GLUE. glue together the two "petals" on either side of where you cut, making a 5 petal, 4 petal, and 3 petal 3D shape.

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 8
    Step 8

    CURL BACK THE PETALS. Using a toothpick or the end of a skinny paintbrush, curl back each petal on each flower. the toothpick creates tighter curls so I chose a paintbrush because i wanted looser curls.

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 9
    Step 9

    SNIP THE POINTS OFF THE TWO SMALLER FLOWER PARTS. This will help it rest better when they are put together.

  • Step 10

    GLUE THE PIECES TOGETHER. glue the second biggest to the biggest, using a generous amount of glue and gently press them in place. It will pop up a little, but it will rest better when all of the pieces are in place.

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 11
    Step 11

    CREATE THE CENTER. take the two petal piece you cut out earlier, curl the petals back like you did with the big flower parts. then uncurl them and tightly roll the tips. place a tapered paintbrush flush with the long side of the petal and roll away from you, creating a funnel. keep adjusting the curls as you roll so they don't flatten. The inside petal should be taller than the outside petal. glue in place. Once the glue is dried, snip off the point and glue it to the rest of the half-assembled flower. refer to http://meholder.blogspot.tw/2009/03/paper-flower-tutorial.html for more help.

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 12
    Step 12

    with the pastel side facing away from you, curl both sides toward you. they should be roughly even. glue to secure. Then snip off the end, about half, so that it fits in the funnel you made earlier.

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Roses - Step 13
    Step 13

    ADD THE FLORAL WIRE. Take the floral wire and curl the end into a spiral. Add glue to that end. Then, finding the place where there is the most contact between layers, insert the uncurled end into the flower, poking all the way through.

  • Step 14

    SET ASIDE TO DRY. you can make leaves if you want and add them later.

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