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Paper Flower Craft

Our Adult Take & Make Craft for September is a Giant Paper Flower.

Materials

  • 12 sheets of one color of card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pattern sheet
  • Clothes pins, staples, or paperclips- optional

Instructions

Cut out the three patterns from the pattern sheet.  Print your pattern sheet here: Paper Flower Pattern.

Step 1) fold paper in half

Step 2) cut straight line across the bottom of the pattern

Step 3) cut remainder of pattern around the edge by the following the lines.

Repeat all three steps to get three sizes of petals to trace.

 

Large Petals

On 6 colored card stocks, trace the largest petal pattern one on each page. Cut them out. This will give you 6 large petals.

Medium Petals

On 4 colored card sheets, trace 2 medium petals and 1 small petal patterns on each page. Cut them out. This will give you 8 medium and 4 small petals.

Small Petals

On one colored card stock sheet, trace the small petal pattern 6 times. Cut them out. This will give you 6 small petals.

 

Gluing each petal

Cut each petal in the middle of the bottom (straight line- opposite of the curve). Taking the two new parts on the bottom, you are going to overlap them about 45 degrees and glue them together. This will make the petal stand up from the table. You may have to hold each petal for a minute or two while the glue dries. If you have an extra paperclip, stapler, or clothes pin, you could use these to hold the petal parts on top of one another.

Gluing Large Petals in a Circle

After each petal has had time to dry, you’ll want to push the large petals together in a ring to form part of a circle. You can glue and hold, staple, or glue and clothes pin one side then the other. Finish by stapling or gluing the pieces together to form a circle. This completes the outside petal loop of your flower.

Gluing Medium Petals in a Circle

Follow the same instructions as you did for the large petals. Start by putting a few together and gluing them.

Gluing Small Petals in a Circle

Follow the same instructions as you did for the large petals. Start by putting a few together and gluing them.

Assembly of Petal Circles

You can now glue the large, medium, and small petals down on top of each other to start making the layers of your flower. As you are layering, you can try to adjust each layer to be centered.

Post to social media

Post a picture of your flower to Facebook. Tag Library Mahoning County. Instagram us using #PLYMCAnywhere.

Watch how a flower is made in our step-by-step video: