Here are some gorgeous Mother's Day flowers with a difference - they're all made from paper! In this tutorial, you will learn four different techniques for creating paper flowers by folding, cutting and glueing. Paper craft has never looked so pretty with these little beauties!
- Colorful paper in squares 15 x 15 cm (6 x 6 in). You'll need five of each color.
- Tissue paper.
- Glue stick.
- Craft glue.
- Hot glue gun.
- Sticky tape or Washi tape.
- Wooden skewers.
1. Create the Paper Daisies
First, place one square piece of paper 15cm x 15cm (6 x 6 in) on a flat surface with the colored side facing down. Turn the sheet so it looks like a diamond shape and bring the lower corner up to the top corner and fold the paper carefully. Crease well. Use a bone folder or the back of a metal spoon for perfectly sharp folds.
Now take the right corner and bring it up to the top point, making a triangle. Fold and crease. Repeat with the left corner. Now you should have a smaller diamond shape, as pictured below.
Open up the flaps so you are back to the previous triangle.
Fold the right side up so that the lower edge aligns with the creased line, as pictured below. Fold well.
Repeat the same folding and creasing process on the left side. You should have made the shape as pictured below.
Now, take the two small triangles that extend over the edges and fold them back, as pictured below. Nice work! You've now created all the fold lines which will guide you through the next steps.
Open up the paper to the initial triangle.
This time, fold the two small triangles inwards.
Fold the lower sides of the triangle upwards.
Fold the triangles over and upwards again. Now you're ready to glue.
Using a glue stick, add glue to the flaps.
Bring together the flaps and create a cone shape. Hold them together with your hands or with a clip until they are firmly glued. You've now created the first petal of your daisy.
Repeat the above process four times, to create a total of five petals.
Once the petals are ready, use a hot glue gun to secure them, one by one, to the wooden skewer. All five petals should fit neatly around the skewer, which serves as the stem of the flower.
You've now made a stylized paper daisy. Nice work!
2. Make the Paper Dahlias
For this flower you will need a square piece of paper 15cm x 15cm (6 x 6 in) with a different design or color on both sides. If you only have paper with color on one side, just glue two of them together so you get a different color on each side. Having two different colors will create a lovely effect on the finished dahlia. We used pink and green in this tutorial.
Place your paper on a flat surface with the green side facing upwards, as pictured below.
Bring the bottom left corner up to the top right-corner, and fold the paper diagonally. You should have a triangle, as pictured below.
Unfold the paper and fold it again on the other diagonal, so that the lower right corner meets the upper left corner. Crease well.
Open up the paper and turn it over. Now the pink side is facing upwards.
Bring the bottom edge up to meet the top edge, and fold in half horizontally. Crease well.
Open up the paper again and take the left edge over to meet the right edge, and fold in half vertically, as pictured below. Crease well.
Unfold the paper and you will see all the scored lines, which will act as guides for the next steps. The folds form a cross and an 'X' shape. Note that the 'X' folds go in the opposite direction to the cross lines.
Keeping the 'X' scored lines up, bring the cross lines down so that they meet in the center, as demonstrated below.
Now, fold all the sections over to one side, as demonstrated below.
At this point, all four 'legs' of your 'X' should be gathered together on one side.
Open up the structure and add craft glue to the central line where all the folds meet.
Push all the edges down towards the glue and hold them in place until secure.
Now crease the central edge, as demonstrated below.
To give the flower a better shape, use your fingers to gently open up all the petals.
Repeat the same process and create three or four more flower parts.
Position all flower parts around the wooden skewer and glue them together, with either craft glue or a hot glue gun.
Make sure the upper part of the flower is well aligned by placing it on the flat surface. Now hold all the parts together until they are firmly glued.
Now your paper dahlia is ready!
3. Create the Tissue Paper Peonies
Take the tissue paper pack and cut a piece around 10cm (4in) long.
Unfold the 10cm strip. Start folding or pleating the paper accordian-style, 1cm (0.4in) wide. Each time you fold, crease well. If you want to make a lot of peonies, just fold the whole length of the strip.
If you want to make just one peony, you will need around six to eight pleats. Cut the length you need for the first peony. You'll be using all the layers in the pack so that you have a nice voluminous effect.
Holding the pleated paper together, cut the top of the strip in an upside-down 'U' to create a curved petal shape, as pictured below.
Place the wooden skewer in the center of the pleated paper and glue to hold. Now, wrap the tissue paper around the wooden skewer using Washi tape or sticky tape, as pictured below.
Once your paper flower is firmly wrapped around the stem, open up the folds to the left and right.
Gently separate all the tissue layers to give your peony volume and a soft, fluffy shape.
Ready! A gorgeous tissue paper peony with an organic look.
4. Create Tissue Paper Lisianthus
Take the tissue paper and cut through all the layers in the pack in a strip of 10cm (4in) height and 20cm (8in) length.
Start rolling the strip of tissue paper. This time all your folds are in the same direction. The folds should be about 1.5cm (0.6in) wide. Don't forget to crease on every fold.
Now, cut a V shape out of the top of the folded strip, as pictured below.
Unravel the strip and you will see a zig-zag pattern created in the petals of the lisanthus.
Now, take the wooden skewer and glue it at the lower left corner of your strip. Start rolling the strip around the stick. Create some folds along the bottom of the strip as you roll, as pictured below. These folds serve to create space so that the flower can open when rolled. You can also roll downwards along the stem, so that the center remains a bit higher.
Once you've rolled around the stem, keep the flower in place by tightly wrapping it with some sticky or Washi tape.
Now just gently separate each petal of tissue paper by gently pulling them away from each other. Arrange and fluff up the petals to give your lisianthus more volume.
Arrange Into a Pretty Bouquet
Well done! Your bouquet of pretty paper flowers is complete.
In this tutorial, you've learned how to make four different flowers using two types of paper. The daisies and dahlias are made with colored paper and have a more structured and stylised look, while the lisianthus and peonies are made with tissue paper for a softer and more natural look.
These four flower designs can be combined to create a colorful spring bouquet that's perfect for Mother's Day. They can be tied together or presented in a handmade vase. Alternatively, the flowers can be used to decorate parcels and presents.
Paper flower making is also a great craft for kids. You might like to experiment with different papers and patterns for a fresh new look.
Have you made paper flowers before? Which flower is your favourite? Let us know if you make them for Mother's Day!