Paper flowers make great party decoration and can be made from basic colorful construction paper. In this video Robert takes you step-by-step through gluing, shaping and embellishing a simple paper flower and stamen. Get more incredible tips for making your paper craft creation. Check out CreativeLive’s complete class, Paper Crafting: Skills and Technique with Robert Mahar.
>> Robert Mahar: So what we wanna do now that we have all our petal forms, is we wanna start constructing the basis of the paper flower. And to do this, we are gonna be using hot glue. And so, you’re gonna take the first two of your large petals, and I’m gonna apply a little bit of hot glue here at the base.
I’m gonna take a second petal and I’m just gonna overlap it slightly. You can kinda get an idea of the overlap there. And you can kind of play around with that as you can continue to construct them. Get a few extra. It’s always good to have your extra glue sticks at the ready.VIEW FULL CLASS >
You will likely be going through a few of them today. Once you’ve connected those first two petals, go ahead, add a little bit more hot glue on there. And we’re gonna move on to petal number three. Again, overlapping it just slightly.
>> Robert Mahar: I’ll add a new glue stick into my gun.
We’ve got two more petals to go. So go ahead, continue to add some glue at that base. Add in the fourth of your large petals, again just overlapping it slightly.
>> Robert Mahar: And you can start to see our flower base forming here. And then, we’re gonna add a little bit more hot glue for our final of the five large petals.
It doesn’t take a lot of hot glue, you just wanna make sure that there’s enough there to hold it securely. It goes without saying, hot glue is hot. So please just be mindful. Usually a little scalding on the fingertips is inevitable. And once you’ve got those five petals together, you can kinda see we’ve started to form this cup shape that really forms a lovely outer ring of our flower.
So now we’re gonna start moving on to our medium size. And for these typically what I will do is I will hold the petal in my hand, apply a little of the hot glue to the underside of it, and I will press it down into the center. Sort of positioning it more or less between two of the larger petals.
You wanna create a little bit of variation in the patterning of your pedals as you’re placing them into the interior.
>> Male Speaker 2: Robert, do you find that hot glue is the best or really any type of glue works for this?
>> Robert Mahar: Well you know what, I have tried it with standard white craft glue Which obviously dries a little bit slower and it doesn’t have the same immediate hold.
So I often find, especially when I’m working with the heavier weights, cover stock paper, that I’ve had the best results with the hot glue. It just has that immediate hold and dries so very quickly. Hot glue guns are really inexpensive and are also another thing that you should always have in your craft toolkit.
Okay, we’re going to go ahead then and place our second one in, and you can see I’m spacing it out just a little bit further than I had on the previous one. Holding it there, just for a second, allowing that glue to set. And I was just telling JKO, it sets up very quickly which is why it’s ideal for this type of project.
And then we move on to our third of the medium sized petals. And stick that down in the center, give it a little hold.
>> Cathy: Robert learned something recently about hot glue.
>> Robert Mahar: Tell me.
>> Cathy: Sometimes you’ll find that, I notice this says high temp.
>> Robert Mahar: Yes.
>> Cathy: And you kind find that there are just regular and high temp, there’s a difference.
And what I was asking somebody, if you were doing this say for a wedding and it was going to sit in your car in Arizona.
>> Robert Mahar: Yes.
>> Cathy: It might kinda fall apart if it’s not a high temp heat glue.
>> Robert Mahar: Oh, that is such a good tip.
>> Cathy: Do you know what I’m talking about?
>> Robert Mahar: Yes, absolutely.
>> Cathy: Because it would take a lot to really melt this down.
>> Robert Mahar: Right.
>> Cathy: But if you have a low temp one, that’s usually made for kids, so that it’s a little safer.
>> Robert Mahar: Yeah, right.
>> Cathy: Your project may tend to fall apart in the heat of your car.
>> Robert Mahar: That’s such a good tip for how to make a paper flower easy. And a lot of the most basic glue guns will come as the hot. But if you get some of the little bit more advanced ones, they’ll have a little switch for the low and the hot. So that’s a really good tip, that’s a good thing to know.
>> Cathy: And it comes down, I think, to what the glue is. As far as how it manages, the craft stays together, later.
>> Robert Mahar: Yeah, I agree. I agree. All right friends, we’re down to the final three, we’re going to stick those in now. And again, we’re just gonna position those between our medium petals, kind of filling out the interior of our flower.
>> Robert Mahar: Really good tip though, about the hot glue Cathy. Because I, you think about it. You go to all of this work to put together a project like this. The last thing you want to do is have it fall apart on you.
>> Cathy: Or if you’re like at a show and it’s a really hot day.
>> Robert Mahar: That would be the worst.
>> Cathy: And you’re arms start falling off your dolls or whatever
>> Robert Mahar: Yeah. Absolutely. That’s the last thing you want to have happen. So once we’ve done that, we have formed the basis of our flower. Now there are a couple of ways we want to finish it off obviously.
We want to put a stamen in the center of the flower, to kinda create that contrasting pop in the middle. And to do that, we are using text weight paper. Text weight is a lighter weight than your cover stock. I’ve taken an eight and a half by 11 sheet of paper and cut it in half vertically.
If you wanna go ahead and just fold each of those in half vertically as well.
>> Robert Mahar: And what I’m gonna be pulling out next is one of my favorite little craft gizmos. You may or may not have come across these in the past, but they are the multi-blade scissor, which I think are just kind of genius.
They have multiple blades, they’re used for fringing. And what we’re gonna do is on the folded edge of this piece of paper, we’re gonna start at one end and we are gonna cut it about three-quarters of the way down. You can see how deep I’ve cut there, just about three-quarters of the way through the paper, to create that fringe.
>> Robert Mahar: And you’re going to do this with both of your sheets.
>> Robert Mahar: I originally discovered these in an organization store and they were sold and marketed as a tool for shredding your credit cards but I immediately saw paper application so. They’re much more accessible now and you can usually find them at most craft and hobby stores.
I know you ladies in the audience are sharing a pair, so I’m going to pass this off as soon as I finish. There we go. I’ll hand that off to you. Okay, once you have fringed your pieces all the way down to the end, to give it a little bit of added dimension we’re going to open it back up and we’re going to fold it in the opposite direction.
And that just kind of makes it balloon out a little bit. Fold it in the opposite direction. Don’t press that crease shut, just allow that to kind of balloon out a little bit. I’m going to match up the corners on this one and I’m going to put a couple of staples in it.
And I’m going to do that with both of those. So again opening it up, folding it in the opposite direction. Not folding that crease flat, allowing it to balloon out, giving it a little extra dimension. And then adding a couple of staples at the end.
>> Robert Mahar: All right, I know you ladies are still cutting, but I am gonna continue on with this next step.
I am just gonna take a standard pencil at my stapled end of the sheet. And I’m going to start rolling it around. And one thing you want to be mindful of when you’re doing this, you’re just going to do your best to try and keep the paper on the bottom edge lined up. This is a crucial step for how to make a paper flower easy.
The pencil is really useful just to kind of get this rolling process started. You may find that it gets in the way, and you can just remove it. I’m gonna continue rolling all the way down. You will find the paper shifts a tiny bit, so that you end up with one flap on the end that is extended a little bit beyond the other, but that’s totally fine.
And when you get to the end, I’m gonna add a little bit of hot glue there to secure it in place.
>> Robert Mahar: I’m gonna do that with both of the sheets. And because you’re working on a little bit more intimate scale here, you don’t necessarily want to burn your fingers, you might want to consider just taking the eraser end of your pencil and pressing that down for a second allowing it to cool.
>> Robert Mahar: And you can see what this starts to do is create a little bit of a pom-pom looking stamen for our center. Now this is a little small for the flower, which is why we’ve created two sheets. I want to make it a little bit wider to kind of fill out that central space.
And so what I’m gonna do is add a little bit additional hot glue here. And start my second sheet. I’m just going to overlap it there and start rolling that around. Again, trying to be somewhat mindful of keeping the edges of the paper lined up along this bottom edge.
We want that to be fairly even only because we’re going to be applying hot glue to that, and then pressing it down into the center of our flower, and we want it to sit relatively flat. Now once I get all the way around to the end I’m, again, going to apply just a little bit of hot glue to secure that.
Looks like I need one more glue stick in there.
>> Robert Mahar: Okay. Folding that over. And then, again, just sort of pressing down with the eraser end of the pencil to avoid burning your finger. You’ll find some of a little bit of the glue will inevitably seep out the side.
Don’t worry about it. It’s not going to be visible necessarily in your final product. So, holding it there just for a second. How we doing with the rolling, ladies? It can be a little tricky and take a little practice. I’ve had some of them where I’ve rolled it half way through and it’s gotten away from me and sprung back open like a little bit of a spring.
But at that point you just start over again and keep rolling. So at this point I’ve got it where it’s pretty secure. This is what the top of it looks like. You might just kinda wanna take your hand and fluff the top of that up a little bit to make it feel a little fuller.
I’ve seen these flowers done completely monochromatic where the stamen and the petals are the same color which is beautiful. You can also play around with a wider color palette, if you choose a contrasting color for the center. And then to apply it into the middle, I’m gonna hold it with the flat bottom side up, and I’m just going to apply a generous amount of hot glue on the top.
>> Robert Mahar: And then very carefully place it in the center. I usually try and position it right over the staples of that last petal to kinda disguise them a little bit. And then just hold it in place for just a second. I find that if you just drop it in there and immediately remove your hand, it can have a tendency to tip over or dry at an odd angle, so if you just hold it in place for a second.
It should be good.