How to Make Simple Paper Flowers

Easy paper flowers for scrapbooks, bulletin boards, cardmaking, and party decorations.

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Choose 3 coordinating pieces of scrapbook paper and cut them into squares. You will need a small, a medium, and a large square.

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Don't worry about making the squares perfect - we'll clean them up in the next few steps.

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Fold your small square in half with the printed side in.

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Then fold in half again lengthwise so you have another square. Don't worry about matching up the edges perfectly, just get close-ish.

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Fold the new square in half diagonally. Now you have a right triangle with two 45 degree angles. The one closest to the bottom right corner in this pic is the one you will hold while cutting.

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Time to cut! Hold your triangle by the small corner made of all folds - this will be the center of the flower. Cutting in a U-shape, trim the other two corners off the triangle.

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You can cut the petals into any shape you like. Here I used a U-shaped cut, which makes the triangle become tear-shaped and results in a traditional-looking petal shape on the flower.

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Unfold your flower and admire!

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Follow the same steps for your other two squares of paper. Get creative with your cutting to see what kind of funky flower you can make.

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Now it's time to assemble your flower. You can used glue or these colored brads I found at Target.

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Stack your flower petals large, medium, then small, and push the brad through the center (or glue them together). Voila!

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The following are some pictures of different flowers I've made to give an idea of all the possibilities.

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Here is another one I used to make a birthday card, with a button for the center.

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For this one I cut skinny V-shapes for petals.

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For the blue sheet I used rounded V-shaped petals. For the polkadots, I squared the edge of the petal and cut some "fringe".

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The two outer layers were cut using a squared edge.

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Bulletin board.

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Be Like the Flower, Turn Your Face to the Sun.

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