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How to Fold Easy Origami Flowers
I've always loved origami. So when I needed to find a cheap alternative to fresh flowers for my wedding I knew that paper flowers were the way to go. A quick search on pinterest told me I had a few style options. This particular style seemed like it was going to be the easiest. I'm already DIYing a lot of stuff so I needed something my fiancé could help me with.
He works on them while he watches tv or plays video games. He's very proud for completing this for me. These flowers are going to be bouquets for the bridal party as well as floral arrangements for the tables. He folds them and I glue them.
For this project I bought a giant book of scrapbooking paper. They're usually around $10-15 depending on where you buy it. I used the paper originally for the information cards in my invitations and then decided to use it for paper flowers to complement the book pages I'm using.
I used my handy dandy paper cutter to cut out 4"x4" squares. Buying a paper cutter will be well worth the money if you are doing a lot of DIY paper projects. This is the one I own and it is amazing. I can do up to 6 sheets of scrapbooking paper at a time.
Once the paper squares are cut out I like to paperclip them together in groups of six. You can do flowers with five petals if you want to but since I was getting nine squares out of each piece of scrapbook paper it made more mathematical sense to do six petals for flower so I could get three flowers out of two sheets of paper without any left overs.
Glue and Beads
You're going to need some sort of glue. I highly recommend using a glue gun. Everything will go a lot faster. Get one that is LOW-HEAT. If you get it on your fingers it won't leave any burns. It still hurts a little bit but no more than when you get hot water on your hand from the sink. You can use glue sticks or regular white glue but it takes longer to dry and you have to be more careful with it.
I saw some pictures online where the flowers had beads in the middle. The ones I bought were kind of expensive. But they are also glass. So that part is up to you.
Look at All Those Flowers
I haven't assembled my flowers into bouquets yet but when I do I will put those pictures here. Basically you're just gluing one flower to another until you have a big flower ball. I'm thinking about making some leaves to go in there and I'm not really sure what you do to make a handhold. A cardboard tube? We'll find out soon.
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What do you think?
Have you made these before? Have any tips or tricks? What sort of events have you used them for? Let me know.