Making paper flowers: Instructions for a bouquet of book pages

 They don't smell, but they last forever - we will show you step by step how to make paper flowers and tie them into a bouquet.


You don't want to show up empty-handed to your friends, but you don't have a flower shop nearby? No problem, because you can simply make the bouquet yourself - with paper flowers. They don't smell like the original, but they last a lot longer and are guaranteed to be cheaper.


When it comes to sustainability, handcrafted paper flowers are only outperformed by dried flower decorations . You can let off steam creatively on the DIY project and try out a wide variety of paper types. We'll tell you which techniques are particularly popular for making paper flowers.


We also give you detailed step-by-step instructions for a decorative vintage bouquet with flowers from old book pagesat hand. With this you not only recycle discarded books, but also create an individual gift that your hosts will certainly be happy about.


Tip: The durable DIY flowers are also a great way to capture spring in your home.


Fold or trace paper flowers

If you want to make paper flowers with kids, simple origami flowers are a good place to start. The little ones don't have to cut anything here. Individual parts can be put together with craft glue. You can see a very easy folding instruction for an origami tulip here.


Fold or trace paper flowers

If you want to make a three-dimensional paper flower, you have to dig deeper into your bag of tricks. Or make more flower origamis. The individual blossoms (Callas in the example below) turn into a large blossom at the end if you glue the sides together.


Tip: In this way, entire bouquets can be made out of paper. If you also pull an LED light chain through the ball of paper flowers, you will receive a floral lamp.


Fold or trace paper flowers

As you can see, there is no need to cut out individual sheets and stick them on. It's even faster if you fold up a pile of paper and cut it to size. Same principle as when making a garland . So you can make several paper flowers in one go.


Fold or trace paper flowers

You can find templates for paper flowers en masse on the Internet. You can also design your own templates. Real plant leaves can be traced for realistic-looking leaves. You transfer the outlines with a pen onto the paper of your choice, cut it out and you have "natural" leaves for your paper flower.


Which paper is suitable for making flowers?

If you want to make origami flowers, you should get square origami paper (here on Amazon in the cool marble look) *. With all other variants, the big, colorful world of stationery is open to you. You can read here what you should pay attention to when choosing paper.


Paper thickness: Combine different paper thicknesses when making paper flowers and use them specifically. Thick paper, such as construction paper, will hold its shape longer and make good sheets of paper. Thin paper can be folded smaller and more frequently, which makes it easier to tinker with details such as filigree flowers, pistils and stamens. Crepe paper is the right choice for those who want puffy flowers. Paper structure:Combine different paper thicknesses when making paper flowers and use them in a targeted manner. Thick paper, such as construction paper, will hold its shape longer and make good sheets of paper. Thin paper can be smaller and more common fold , which facilitates the crafting of details like delicate flowers, stamps and stamens. Crepe paper is the right choice for those who want puffy flowers. For


Transparent types of paper such as tracing paper provide beautiful accents because they are translucent. Thanks to its fine grain, tissue paper is an ideal material for delicate flower parts. You can achieve vintage effects with old maps or newsprint - here you can use both the printed sides and the blank edges. Tip: Our favorites are book pages! Forgotten books are given a second life as book flowers. Paper color: lovely Ad Transparent paper types such as tracing paper provide accents because they are translucent. Thanks to its fine grain, tissue paper is an ideal material for delicate flower parts. You can achieve vintage effects with old maps or newsprint - here you can use both the printed sides and the blank edges.


If you want to make a colorful bouquet of paper flowers yourself, there is no avoiding colored kraft paper. Of course, you can also color newspaper pages to suit your taste. To make old books look even older, simply put the book pages in a bowl of cold coffee. This causes the pages to turn yellow and your paper flower looks wonderfully retro!


Tip: The pages of naturally yellowed books are usually hard and brittle. Unfortunately, it is not easy to tinker with, as the book pages can break quickly when twisted. Naturally Ad The pages of yellowed books are usually hard and brittle. Unfortunately, it is not easy to tinker with, as the book pages can break quickly when they are twisted.


Tips and tricks for making paper flowers

Do you want to take your DIY flower to the next level? Through various techniques and tricks, the paper works of art look like a meadow of flowers true to the original. We would like to briefly introduce you to the most important steps here.


1. Crinkle technique: For exciting textures you should crumple the paper. If you like, you can put the crumpled paper in a bath with paint. The color settles in the folds, creating an exciting pattern.


2. Fringing technique: To create bushy flower parts, cut fringes into the paper. The thinner the fringes, the more voluminous the flower will be. Also nice: paper curl by wrapping thin strips of paper like you would with gifts pulls over the back of the scissors. If you want to top it off, you can curl entire fringed ribbons.


Tips and tricks for making paper flowers

3. Printing technique: Curved petals always look a little more natural than flat leaves. For the effect, you can press the cut-out sheets of paper over the back of a pair of scissors or press certain points with an embossing pen so that the edge bulges upwards.


4. Rolling technique: Petals can also be rolled up like in nature. You can do this by wrapping the paper tightly around a toothpick, pressing it tight and then releasing the roll. Ideal for paper roses or border leaves.


Tips and tricks for making paper flowers

5. Well technique: The paper leaves and flowers shouldn't be completely smooth at the edge? Then brush the paper with water so that it curls. It is enough to just moisten the outer edges of the paper sheets. You can also use colorful watercolors for this.


Instructions for making a bouquet of paper flowers

So that you can start tinkering right away, here are simple instructions for a bouquet of flowers from old book pages. The flowers are double carnations ( Dianthus caryophyllus ). The individual flowers have a diameter of 4 cm.


Instructions for making a bouquet of paper flowers

You need this material:

  • especially thin book pages for flowers
  • solid book page for the leaves
  • Pintle wire (0.95 mm)
  • White glue
  • daily newspaper

Tools

  • scissors
  • Pliers set 
  • pencil

Step by step: This is how you make the paper flowers

Step 1: Prepare the material

1. Cut out the petals eight times, fold them up several times, crease and open them again.
2. Cut out the sheet four times.
3. Cut wire: pintle wire (0.95 mm) 1 x 28 cm. Wrap the pintle wire from top to bottom with newspaper, adding glue.
4. Cut the unprinted newspaper edge into 1 cm wide strips.

Step by step: This is how you make the paper flowers

Step 2: Make a paper blossom Apply

glue to the center of a petal and slide it onto the wire tip from below. Press the glued part firmly around the paper liner.

Proceed with all seven other petals one after the other as in step 1. Always open the following petals a little wider so that a bowl-shaped carnation forms.

Under the flower, pad the stem with cellulose with the addition of glue in the shape of a funnel and form a goblet.

Step 3: Tinker leaves and stems

With the addition of glue, wrap a 0.5 mm wide cellulose strip after 8 cm around the stalk and form leaf knots with your fingers. Repeat this step after another 8 cm.

Wrap the stem including the goblet from top to bottom with newspaper strips with the addition of glue. Work in 2 sheets opposite each other at the leaf nodes.

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