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Make a Paper Plate Flower

Updated on January 18, 2015

Make a Paper Plate Flower - A mum..or poppy...or whatever you can imagine

Paper Plate Mum/Poppy by Gretchen Little - All Rights Reserved
Paper Plate Mum/Poppy by Gretchen Little - All Rights Reserved

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.

Paper Plate Pencil by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved
Paper Plate Pencil by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved

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.

Paper Plate Flower #3 by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved
Paper Plate Flower #3 by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved

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.

How to Make 100 Paper Flowers: Ideas and Instruction for Folding, Cutting, and Simple Sculptures
How to Make 100 Paper Flowers: Ideas and Instruction for Folding, Cutting, and Simple Sculptures

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.

 
Paper Plate Flower #4 by Gretchen Little  All Rights Reserved
Paper Plate Flower #4 by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved

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.

Paper Plate Flower Center Fringe 1 by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved
Paper Plate Flower Center Fringe 1 by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved

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.

Paper Plate Flower #5 by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved
Paper Plate Flower #5 by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved

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.

Paper Plate Flower #6 by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved
Paper Plate Flower #6 by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved

Flower With One Rim of Outside Petals and a Fringe Center

This is just another variation you could do.

Paper Flower Protractor by Gretchen Little  All Rights Reserved
Paper Flower Protractor by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved

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.

Full Paper Plate Flower by Gretchen Little  All Rights Reserved
Full Paper Plate Flower by Gretchen Little All Rights Reserved

Everything Put Together

This is the final version I came up with. You can come up with many more variations on your own.

Have You Made Paper Flowers?

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i didn't know that you could use paper plates to make flowers. cool ideas. voted up

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      CCGAL 

      5 years ago

      I haven't made a paper flower since grade school, but I think it would be a terrific project for me this winter when I'm stuck inside. I think I'll use bright colors to cheer me up as I await the sunshine.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Yes, I have lots of free tutorials for making paper flowers on youtube on my tutorial channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Hectanooga1

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      truorder 

      6 years ago

      no, but I plan on trying it out soon. I am going to share the directions above to my art teacher friends.

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      KamalaEmbroidery 

      6 years ago

      I used to make paper flowers when I was a young girl. Thanks for reminding me how much fun it was.

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      Elenaind 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting lens! Great work!

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      alex89 lm 

      6 years ago

      very cool, I might try this... although I think I will try with tissue paper

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      hughgrissettsr lm 

      6 years ago

      very interesting lens! you are very talented.

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      leeleon 

      6 years ago

      so creative. welcome to see my lens

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      psiloveyou1 

      6 years ago

      Very nice lens. I make flowers for my handmade cards and scrapbook pages.

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      lasertek lm 

      6 years ago

      A long long time ago. I think it would be a fun activity to make paper flowers with my children.

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      Perrin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Beautiful!!! And looks like fun, too!

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      What a lovely idea to make flowers from paper. I'll show this page to my daughter, many thanks :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I haven't made paper flowers, but they're so pretty, I might have to try it. Great directions!

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      noel rocs 

      6 years ago

      I'm stoked! I love to make flowers out of different things and paper flowers are a *must* for me, now :) Fun, fun :)

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      lilymom24 

      6 years ago

      I remember making tissue paper pom poms. Lots of fun! =)

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      jeremykim2011 

      6 years ago

      I didn't know they're so easy to do. Thanks for sharing!

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      KamalaEmbroidery 

      6 years ago

      Love these flowers. I haven't made paper flowers since I was a child.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Really creative.

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      miaponzo 

      6 years ago

      Yes! I love it! Blessed!

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      Rita-K 

      7 years ago

      So very pretty and fun! I love paper flowers, I've never made them but your directions are so easy to follow I am going to try one right now! Thanks!

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      LakeMom 

      7 years ago

      Great step by step directions on making the paper flower! I have made tissue paper flowers before!

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      Sensitive Fern 

      7 years ago

      @evelynsaenz1: Thank you so much, Evelyn!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      Beautiful paper flowers. I especially like the one in your intro photo. Because you have shown such clear directions on how to make the paper plate flowers, this lens is now featured on Celebrating Teachable Moments. www.facebook.com/teachable

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Great Lens, I love paper flowers!

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      Muzzie4848 

      7 years ago

      Fabulous lens. I have inlcuded in my 4th wedding anniversary gifts lens as a featured lens. As the traditional 4th year giftis flowers your lens is a great idea for those people with a creative streak. Thank you.

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      Tonie Cook 

      7 years ago from USA

      I have always loved paper flowers, and the only one I know how to make is a paper carnation. Thanks to your lens, I know there are others to choose from. I love your paper plate flower! What a wonderful idea!

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      Gamganny 

      7 years ago

      These are beautiful!!! I haven't made any but these are really stunning.

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