Painted Paper Flowers

There are many ways to make pretty paper flowers.  I’d like to share some of my favorites.  The instructions below include a basic paper flower along with the slight adjustments I made to come up with these very different looking versions, from irises to pompoms.  Decorative edge scissors can create many different looks.  Each of these flowers is made with white beverage/cocktail or dinner napkins.  Have fun with these and let your imagination bloom!

Directions

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The Basic Paper Flower

The Basic Paper Flower

 
step 1 - Basic Paper Flower Directions Open the napkin and lay it flat.  Spray adhesive on one side of a piece of lace.  Place it on the napkin and paint.  Remove the lace and apply it to the reverse side and paint.

step 1 - Basic Paper Flower Directions

Open the napkin and lay it flat.  Spray adhesive on one side of a piece of lace.  Place it on the napkin and paint.  Remove the lace and apply it to the reverse side and paint.

step 2 - Return the napkin into the original folds creating a 5”x5” square.  The folds should be on the left and at the bottom.  Trim left and right outer edges with decorative edged scissors.

step 2 - Return the napkin into the original folds creating a 5”x5” square.  The folds should be on the left and at the bottom.  Trim left and right outer edges with decorative edged scissors.

step 3 - Open the napkin to a long rectangle.  Make accordion pleats along the length.

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Open the napkin to a long rectangle.  Make accordion pleats along the length.

step 4 - Slide a bead into the center of a pipe cleaner.  Slip both ends of the pipe cleaner into a second bead.

step 4 - Slide a bead into the center of a pipe cleaner.  Slip both ends of the pipe cleaner into a second bead.

step 5 - Slide a bead into the center of a pipe cleaner.  Slip both ends of the pipe cleaner into a second bead.

step 5 - Slide a bead into the center of a pipe cleaner.  Slip both ends of the pipe cleaner into a second bead.

step 6 - Insert the pleated napkin between the opening in the pipe cleaner stems.  Slide the second bead toward the slits to secure the flower.  Tie the stems into a knot then wrap them around each other to make one stem.  Separate the napkin layers to form the flower.

step 6 - Insert the pleated napkin between the opening in the pipe cleaner stems.  Slide the second bead toward the slits to secure the flower.  Tie the stems into a knot then wrap them around each other to make one stem.  Separate the napkin layers to form the flower.

step 7 - Flower 1 Open a dinner napkin with the fold on the left side. 

step 7 - Flower 1

Open a dinner napkin with the fold on the left side. 

step 8 - Fold the rectangle into thirds, then in half horizontally. With scissors, cut the unfolded edge into a half round shape.

step 8 - Fold the rectangle into thirds, then in half horizontally. With scissors, cut the unfolded edge into a half round shape.

step 9 - Open the napkin flat and separate the two layers.  Fold one layer as in step #2 and trim the round shape so that it’s smaller in width than the other layer.

step 9 - Open the napkin flat and separate the two layers.  Fold one layer as in step #2 and trim the round shape so that it’s smaller in width than the other layer.

step 10 - Airbrush the larger layer with purple paint on both sides.  

step 10 - Airbrush the larger layer with purple paint on both sides.

 

step 11 - Create the shape of an “8” using a pipe cleaner.  Place it in the center of the top third of the smaller napkin.  Airbrush with purple paint.  Move the “8” to the second and third section and paint.  Try to avoid painting inside the loops if possible.

step 11 - Create the shape of an “8” using a pipe cleaner.  Place it in the center of the top third of the smaller napkin.  Airbrush with purple paint.  Move the “8” to the second and third section and paint.  Try to avoid painting inside the loops if possible.

step 12 - Holding the airbrush very close to the napkin, paint the inside of the loops with yellow paint.  When the pipe cleaner is removed the yellow should be outlined in white.

step 12 - Holding the airbrush very close to the napkin, paint the inside of the loops with yellow paint.  When the pipe cleaner is removed the yellow should be outlined in white.

step 13 -  Place the smaller layer on top of the larger one and follow steps #3 through #6 in the Basic Flower instructions.

step 14 - Flower 2

This flower was made following the steps for the Basic Flower and using wavy edge scissors.  Yellow paint was applied to both sides of one cocktail napkin layer and gold paint to another.

step 15 - Flower 3

Sky Blue paint was used to paint this flower.  As in the Basic Flower instructions, cut the edges but with regular scissors.  Cut one inch into the edges along the length to create the pom-pom look.  Follow Basic Flowers steps 3 - 6.

step 16 - Flower 4 Cut elongated diamond shapes out of card stock to create a stencil to fit across a dinner napkin cut once in half. 

step 16 - Flower 4

Cut elongated diamond shapes out of card stock to create a stencil to fit across a dinner napkin cut once in half. 

step 17 - Spray the back of the stencil with adhesive and lay it on top of one napkin layer.  Airbrush with purple paint.  Paint both sides of both layers.

step 18 - Stack the two layers and follow steps 3 - 5 for the Basic Flower (pictured here) instructions.  Cut the pleated ends into “V” shapes.  Separate the napkin layers to form the flower.

step 18 - Stack the two layers and follow steps 3 - 5 for the Basic Flower (pictured here) instructions.  Cut the pleated ends into “V” shapes.  Separate the napkin layers to form the flower.


Supplies

At Testors

  • Aztek airbrush
  • 9442 Yellow Paint
  • 9487 Sky Blue Paint
  • 9475 Purple Paint
  • 9472 Gold Paint
  • 9446 Red Paint

Miscellaneous

  • white paper napkins
  • pipe cleaners
  • large hole beads
  • decorative edge scissors
  • regular scissors

 


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