Make a Paper Plate Flower
Make a Paper Plate Flower - A mum..or poppy...or whatever you can imagine
Making a paper plate flower turns out to be pretty easy. I like the clean white of the paper plate but you could color them with paint, pastels or crayons if you wanted to.
Make Fringe Along the Edges of the Paper Plate
First of all, get about 5 cheap paper plates. Then make a fringe by cutting half inch strips from the edge of the plate to the center embossed inside rim. Once you have a fringe roll each strip on a pencil. (The ridges you see are made by the ridges in the pencil.) Roll them so the "petals" curl under.
Stack Two Fringed Paper Plates
One slightly smaller than the other
I cut another paper plate all the way around halfway between the edge and the inner embossed rim. Then I cut and rolled another fringe like the first plate.
The author makes and sells paper flowers and Martha Stewart is one of her clients. In this book she has step-by-step instructions for how to make 100 of these flowers.
The Two Parts Together
Then you nestle the smaller plate inside the larger one. At this point you could stop and have one version of the flower.
Adding a Finely Fringed Center
I cut out a circle from the paper plate, following the lines of the embossed center. Then I cut a very fine fringe, cutting thin strips about 2 inches long from the edge towards the center.
Flower With One Center
You can stop with one fringed center and either tape the centers all together with double stick tape or use a glue stick. You could use liquid glue but it may warp the centers.
Flower With One Rim of Outside Petals and a Fringe Center
This is just another variation you could do.
Make a Double Fringed Center
I cut out a slightly smaller center. This time I decided to make a marking line for my fringe as some of my other centers weren't as perfect as I'd like. I used the protractor for guidelines in cutting out the fringed centers.
Everything Put Together
This is the final version I came up with. You can come up with many more variations on your own.