Paper Flower – the Poinsettia

The next type of flower I am going to tackle is the Christmas Poinsettia.  I am going to attempt make them from felt (It failed) and cardstock.  These are more difficult to make and require a little patience.  You can also see how to do rolled flowers too.

The poinsettia have 6 different pieces in the download file.  

What you will need:
          • cardstock scraps
          • liquid glue or glue gun
          • small brads for centers of flowers
          • Download File
Cutting the Flower

One set of pieces of the flowers can be cut from any color or patterned cardstock.  The poinsettia isn’t really a flower, it is just different colored leaves so the other set needs to be green, but the shade of green is up to you.  In a future lesson I will cut flowers from patterned paper.  Your imagination is your only limit.

The parts of the flower can be cut on one mat.

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Watch my video for cutting Multiple colors on one mat

I tried cutting this flower from felt and it didn’t work well.  I got it cut out but there was just too much “folding” for the felt flower to work right and it looked terrible.  Maybe later in the week I will try it in denim.  That should work well.

Assembly

The little half circles on the flowers are the glue points.  Glue them to the back of the rest of the flower making the flower curve inward.  I tried several types of glue.  Liquid glue works fine but you have to hold the flower together until the glue dries enough to hold.  Tape runner glue failed miserably.   Glue gun works on the paper, but of course, you generate “strings” These flowers are hard to glue together and they do not want to stay put without bending at the center.  Take your time and be patient.  I had to do several of these flowers before I got the hang of it.

Hold the flowers together with brads through the small center hole at the center.  The leaves will be asymmetrical and kept looking funny but I like the end result.

Be sure to stay with this series all week and see the wreath I make with all my flowers.

I have made a page with all the links to the paper flower tutorials.  The tutorials for the other paper and felt flowers can be found here.

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