Paper flowers shaped and trimmed with scissors represent a simple form of homemade decoration, appropriate for a range of special events. Many paper flower designs are so straightforward, you can even show children how to make them. They also make an alternative bouquet that, unlike fresh flowers, will never wilt or die.
Handprint flowers are usually a hit with children, as kids appreciate transforming their own handprints into something totally different; in this case, it's a flower that looks like a lily. Kids start by placing their hands flat on a brightly colored piece of construction paper. Each child traces around his hand and then cuts out the handprint shape. He folds his handprint around the top of a straw, taping it in place and thus creating a lily. Children can create flowers in a variety of different colors or a full bouquet of a single color.
Shape flowers are contemporary-looking flowers made out of a combination of interesting shapes and geometric designs. This type of paper flower is easy for both adults and kids to make. Start with a variety of different-colored papers and cut out a range of shapes in various sizes. Pierce a hole through the center of each shape. Insert the tip of a green pipe cleaner through the center hole of a stack of shapes, folds the end of the pipe cleaner down on top about an inch. The layers of the various cut shapes in interesting color combinations create a one-of-a-kind bloom.
These flowers demonstrate that you can craft a striking paper flower by following counterintuitive directions. These flowers begin with an ordinary sheet of paper in a bright color. Cut a circle out of the paper, crumple it up and then unfold it carefully. Shape the wrinkled paper circle into a cup shape and pierce the center of it with wire. Add a button, sequin or rhinestone to the center for an instant flower.
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