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HOW TO MAKE EASY DIY GIANT PAPER FLOWERS

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DIY-ing for events has become a big expectation these days. And why not? It’s more fun to add your personal touches and no doubt more cost effective! Today I will be sharing my easy method for creating giant paper flowers for backdrops.
(This is a photo and instruction heavy post--for more pictures and tips, also visit this blog post!)
Here are the supplies you will want/need:
Flower templates
Glue gun
Scissors
176 gram weighted/65lb Card stock
Wooden dowel
3 inch circle punch
Patience
For the hand cut method you will need to print out the templates from your computer onto a heavy card stock cut the templates once and use these to trace over the card stock you will use to actually build the flowers from. If you have access to one laminate the templates so they are extra durable.
1. Begin by laying your template on your card stock of choice and trace your petals.
Largest base petal– 6-8 cuts
2nd layer– 6-7 cuts
3rd layer– 6 cuts
4th layer– 5-6 cuts
Once completed these templates make about a 13 inch flower in diameter. You can always send the PDFs onto a printer and have them enlarged for bigger flowers or use the PNG image I include in all the zip files to alter in a simple program like Microsoft publisher.
Cut all your petals out once you have finished tracing.
You can make this process quicker by stacking 2-3 sheets on top of one another and cutting several out at once. Use binder clips to help keep paper from
moving.
Now you want to cut slits at the bottom
center of each petal, about an inch, slightly less on the smaller petals.
Starting with the 1st layer put glue on the inside edge and over lap the slit, but not too much or your petals will be too tight when assembled to get all the smaller layers in. Do this with all the petals. You can over lap a little more on the 3rd and 4th layer.
Next you will curl all the petals back. You can do this by hand or use a thick wood dowel or a fat pencil works too.
Assembly time. Starting with your 1st layer base petals, you want to add some glue to the outer edge of one petal and precede to over lap another petal at about a 45` angel and press firmly for a second or two.
Continue in this way until all the base petals meet together forming a circle in the center of the flower. Watch the angel of placement as you go around making sure you leave enough room for the petals to come together evenly at the end of the circle.
Use a circle punch or cut out a small square if you don’t have one to glue over the open bottom.
Start the 2nd layer of petals alternating between the base petals as shown above. Continue alternating petals adding the 3rd and 4th layers.
To create the rolled center fold a piece of card stock in half length wise, cut the paper down the middle. Lay the 2 pieces on top one another and fold in half again. Begin cutting slits all the way down the paper. Separate the two pieces after you are through cutting all the slits. Starting rolling the first piece adding glue along the edge as you go.
Optional—you can use the dowel to make the rolling easier.
Glue the center in and admire you pretty flower!

To see more: http://www.burlapandblue.com/2016/06/16/how-to-make-easy-diy-giant-paper-flowers/

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