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Folded Paper Flowers & Tutorial!

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This post has been updated in May 2020. Check out our new tutorial below!
I made several of these flowers this afternoon. It’s actually surprising how quick they are to make – to give you an idea – I made these in the time it takes for 2 “Dora the Explorers” to play on DVD. For those without kids under the age of 8 – that’s about 50 minutes!

It is important to cut squares very precisely for this project. I suggest using some square craft dies if you have a die-cutting machine, or if not – any paper trimmer will do the job. I have listed my favorites below!

I strongly suggest you use hot glue for this project. Something else might work in a pinch, but for this type of project, hot glue is the way to go!

For these flowers below, I used some old maps I found in a second hand store. The paper was crisp, and beautiful to fold, and it’s lovely to think these flowers give new function to the paper.

Once you have finished your flowers, you can easily glue them to a stick or other mount of sorts to create a lovely display. Check out these bright beauties!

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Give these flowers a try – you do not have to use double sided paper and if you grab a big glass of wine – you could make heaps in front of the TV in an evening! How about using them for:
A table display for Christmas
A bunch of flowers that never fades
Party favours
Someone who can’t have fresh flowers (allergies, people undergoing chemotherapy)

If you try this tutorial, please let us know in the comments below!

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20 Comments

  • Reply Angie May November 1, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    I absolutely love the way these look! I will definitely give them a try. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply Jo November 2, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Loving these Lowri, you are such a talented lady! looking forward to giving them a try!

  • Reply Helen Williams November 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    These flowers are great.
    Put 12 flowers together to form a ball, then you can hang them or put on a stick as topiary.
    I made them for teachers gift 2 Christmas ago.

  • Reply Rochelle November 20, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    I'm enjoying having a look at all your great gift ideas, I think time to create them will be the issue :) What a fab gift those flowers would make, not to mention a nice bunch to brighten my own desk.

  • Reply Wendys Hat April 24, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    I love these! Wow!

  • Reply Kirsten @ Mushki Loves July 8, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    How NEAT! I am a follower! I would love it if you would stop by my blog and look around and follow back if you like what you see! Have a great day!

  • Reply Danielle February 28, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    I found this on Pinterest and loved it. I cut 4 1/4 inch squares using heavy stock paper that my kids had painted a while back. It's was a great way to re-purpose their leftover projects.

  • Reply Betty Moore October 26, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Love the flowers

  • Reply Tanya Herb April 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I LOVE these flowers! I feel really dumb right now. I've been sitting here staring at your tutorial and when you get to part 4, flatten sides I'm totally lost. What am I missing LOL???

    • Reply Tara Salley May 4, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Did you figure out step 4? I am also lost on that step.

    • Reply LowriMcNabb May 4, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Try this video here – it may help explain the steps better :-)

  • Reply Tanya Herb April 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    I LOVE these flowers! I feel really dumb right now. I've been sitting here staring at your tutorial and when you get to part 4, flatten sides I'm totally lost. What am I missing LOL???

  • Reply Purple Joanie June 19, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    My daughter made these for a Fathers day gift using Rupert annual pages they were lovely, and she showed me your web page, I have now made some and love them Thanks for a super tutorial xx

  • Reply ZipporahJade January 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Just made a bunch of these for people at work. Your tutorial is super easy to follow, thank you!!!

  • Reply Zohaa Qaisar March 20, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Great looks really easy.It saw these on a different website it was soooo counfusing. great tutriol

  • Reply Tara Salley May 4, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    I love these but also do not understand step 4. Please help!

    • Reply LowriMcNabb May 4, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Try this video here – it may help explain the steps better :-)

  • Reply diana méndez June 12, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    These look lovely. I'm checking out the video shortly! I'm really new at crafts so I got a wee bit confused. The steps above were for a petal? Not a whole flower?
    Awesome nonetheless :)

  • Reply Evelyn Meyer December 1, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Thank you so much for you picture tutorial, I made a white flower and love to do these paper
    flowers E.M.

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