Good evening from my sunny Somerset town 🙂 Hope everyone is well and enjoying the spring flowers, like I am!
Tonight, I’m going to pass over this blog to my 13-year-old, because she taught me how to make this 3D flower.
So in a photo diary style, here is a step by step on how to make one. Anyone got any remnants of wrapping paper they want to use up? Maybe you’re a Gelliprint enthusiast and have loads of prints that you could use? Perhaps, you even like collecting patterned envelopes for iris folding or enjoy making teabag origami cards. Whatever your passion for papers and prints, here’s how.
Cut out three squares. The flower I made at the top of this blog post was from using 15x15cm squares, but my daughter uses much smaller squares you can see that you can use even card offcuts.
fold each square diagonally corner to corner to form three triangles
step 3, step 4 and 5
Fold each triangle in half again and in half again so you end up with three small folded triangles.
Snip off a small piece where the centre of all the folds are (the centre of your original square sheets). The hole will be where you insert the stem of your flower 🙂
Two ways of doing this: open out each folded sheet (back to original square). There will be a small hole at the centre. Use the creases as a guide and draw 8 petals to create a flower – each crease being the centre of a petal. Or if you’re brave, you can draw one petal on the folded triangles and cut out. Try both methods and find one that you feel comfortable with.
when you’ve cut one flower out, you can draw around this for the other two flowers (makes it quicker to do and the flowers will be the same size).
hopefully this won’t sound two complicated! I did mention to my daughter afterwards that it would be less fiddly to start with four squares … but this is her blog post!
Take the first flower and cut away 1 petal
take the second flower and cut away 2 petals
and take the third flower and cut away 3 petals
Join the loose petals together with tape to form fourth flower OR cut a fourth flower out of another print, piece of paper or card
Join the section of each flower to form whole ones again
insert one flower inside another then using either a pencil or even a crochet hook/ knitting needle, roll each petal clockwise direction to give it a curl
to make the stem, roll a printed sheet the length you want the stem to be in the same way you rolled the petals. We used a crochet hook to get the desired thickness and height
Insert the stem through the centre of each flower layer and pull through just enough (about 1-2cm) to make the middle section or stamen of your 3D flower. Attach the lower flower to the stem using tape or glue.
Use a pair of scissors to ‘shred’ the 1-2cm piece for the stamen and separate slightly.
Check out your flower, admire it, adjust it, doodle on it or present it to someone you love 🙂