May. 2010 5

Paper Carnation

I’ve decided to make May all paper craft related posts. All the crafts will be fairly easy, so enjoy!

I taught myself to make these paper carnations based on a technique that uses fabric. Here’s what you’ll need:
-7 Post-it notes
-Staples
-3 Circular objects. Small , Medium, Large (I used the top to a medicine bottle, the bottom of the bottle and the cap to a hand lotion)

Your largest circle should be no bigger than the portion of the Post-it note that doesn’t have the sticky stuff.

OK, before I go on I have a confession to make. I heart MS Paint. I know it’s archaic, unrefined and blocky, but I really love it. So, bear with me for my pictures.
Second note, I printed out my MS Paint diagrams so that my pictures of real life will match the diagram. Also, it helps for contrast purposes. But usually I do make these flowers with Post-it notes.

Now for the Tutorial:
1. Cut the sticky portion on the top of the Post-it note off
2. Trace out 1 large circle (Blue), 4 Medium circles (Green), and 4 small circles (Red)  (I can usually fit 2 small circles on 1 note)


3. Draw a wavy line pattern around each circle. No need to be perfect
4. Cut out each piece

5. Erase the pencil lines
6. Fold each small red circle and each medium green circle in half


7. On top of the large blue circle, place 2 of the medium green circles so the folded edges are back to back

8. Weave in the other 2 medium circles like you are folding the top of a cardboard box


9. On top of the medium green circles, place 2 small red circles so the folded edges are back to back. They should be placed at a 45 degree angle from the medium circles (again, no need to be perfect)


10. Weave ion the other 2 small circles

11. Staple the stack together using 2 staples
12. To fluff the flower turn each corner back into itself.

13. Fluff

14. If you don’t want the staples showing, cut a small circle out of the leftover stick portion of the Post-it note. Then cover the staples up with that.

All Done!!

Here’s a few I’ve made:

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3 Responses to “Paper Carnation”

  1. May 8th

    Hi! This is a great tutorial! I love it! I am hosting Flower Week on my blog and would love for you to stop by. http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2010/05/flower-week-begins-may-24th.html

  2. May 10th

    Umm, now my desk at work will be covered with these cute things! hahaha, thanks!

  3. June 30th

    Your flowers are beautiful! The petals look soft and very realistic. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments. Take care!
    Aloha!

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