::DIY Paper Flowers

I keep reading articles about people “pinning” images on Pinterest and never actually doing anything with all these pins. So I decided – that will not be me! Cross my heart, I promise that I will try to bring most of my Pinterest dreams to life right here on Morning Kawa ๐Ÿ™‚
Which brings me to my DIY Paper Flower tutorial. Inspired by Pinterest (and Martha). Made and photographed by me.

Let me start by saying that when I first set out to make paper flowers, the ‘how to’ guides I found online were so hard to follow (yes, even Martha’s). Therefore, it’s my goal to make these easy for you to understand. If you have ANY questions, please ask. I am happy to help bring your Pinterest dreams to life as well.
First things first,
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A List of Supplies:
~ Cone Kawa Filters (aka coffee filters) – I would assume 7 filters per flower.
~ Scissors
~ Skewers
~ Green floral tape, which I couldn’t find here in Poland so I used electrical tape that was bright green.
~ Pencil
~ Twine (if desired)
~ Hot glue gun (only if using twine)
Cost: ~$10-15 USD could make about 15 flowers, depending on the number of filters per pack.
Time: ~5-25 minutes per flower. Let me say that my first flower took at least 25 minutes, but after a bit of experience, I was done in just five minutes per flower, no problem.
Step 1:ย 
Download and Print (if you have a printer) this template from Martha Stewart.
Note that I do not have a printer here in Poland, so I traced the templateย scaled to the correct size directlyย from my computer screen onto a piece of paper.
After I cut each petal template, I then traced it onto the coffee filter.
Step 2:ย 
Cut each petal from the template onto coffee filters as outlined. You will cut through both layers of the filter for each petal. I was able to cut a few of each at the same time.
P.S. Make sure to erase your traced pencil marks if you don’t want to see them on your flowers.
Step 3:
Take petal #1, open it up, and stick a skewer through the center. The skewer should end up towards the bottom of the filter.
Step 4:
Still with petal #1, fold it in half over the skewer and wrap around itself. Securely tape in place.
Step 5:
Take Petal #2 and wrap it around itself on top of Petal #1. Tape in place.
Tip: For all steps, keep the bottom of the filters tighter than the top of the filters so that you can see the flower starting to form.ย 
Step 6:ย 

Repeat the previous step (Step 5), but this time with petal #3. (Take Petal #3 and wrap it around itself on top of Petals #1 and 2. Tape in place.)ย 

Make sure the petal points aren’t lining up directly.ย Now, here is what you have.

Step 7:
Tear petal #4 along the perforated line. Wrap around itself and tape, like in steps 5 and 6.
And an update on the appearance of your flower:
Step 8:

Now, onto petals #5 and #6. Use these to fill in the ‘holes’ of the flower. Tape one petal at a time (pointy side down).

Here is what mine looked like after I added all four petals (two #5 petals and two #6 petals). Fluff out the petals as you go to make sure you are seeing the flower in its entirety.

Step 9:
Repeat Step 8, but with petals #7 and #8 – Fill in the holes of your flower again, pointy side down. Fluff out the final petals. (How cute are these!)
Also, if you want to –ย curl the edges of the petals by rolling them in a skewar. Be careful, they can curl too much. I just slightly curled the very ends of the petals.
Yeah! Your flowers are now done.
Optional Step 10:
Just because my green electrical tape is SO green, I covered it in twine. I wrapped it around the tape and super glued in place. My guess is floral tape would be fine without twine, but if you can only find neon green electrical tape, I would plan on this step ๐Ÿ˜‰
That’s it, don’t you love ’em?! I hope you feel pinspired.

9 thoughts on “::DIY Paper Flowers

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  2. you are a wonderful photo journalist Jackie!
    Betty: I wonder if we could pre-soak the filters in a colored solution like food coloring? and dry flat – before tracing?

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