Looking for something to keep you busy in the post-exam period? This fantastic summer paper flower craft activity hits the spot!
What you’ll need:
(You can find all of these materials in the craft aisle of supermarkets and high street shops, or craft shops)
Double-sided sticky tape
A piece of card
How to make your spring paper flowers:
Using your card, draw and cut out the template. The bigger you draw it, the bigger your flowers will be!
Next, choose some coloured paper (whichever colour you would like your flower to be), draw round Template 1 four times and cut the shapes out.
Take one of your cut-out pieces, and fold up the bottom edge, about ¼ of an inch
Turn the paper over, and fold it up again, the same amount. Keep turning and folding, until you reach the top.
Now fold your folded paper in half along the long side.
Put a piece of double-sided sticky tape on one of the inside sides, and stick it to the other one.
Using the double-sided sticky tape, stick all four pieces together, to make a flower shape.
Using different coloured paper, cut out a small rectangle, to make the middle of your flower.
Make lots of little cuts along one long side of your rectangle.
Roll your rectangle into a tube shape, and stick the ends together. Flatten down the ends where you made the little cuts.
Flatten the other end of your tube, and stick it to the middle of your flower…and that’s it!
You can experiment with different colour combinations and sizes: how about trying with tissue paper, or patterned wrapping paper? These flowers look great when they’re used as decorations - if you are having a summer party outdoors, you could hang them from tree branches!
Amelia says: “I enjoyed this craft because it was a really calming experience. As you can see from mine, they don’t always work out perfectly. Mine definitely didn’t! But everybody’s will turn out differently. I think the folding was the easiest part: the hardest part was definitely the cutting.”
Once you’ve made your paper flower, why not have a go at one of Amelia’s other craft projects, like these decorated animal jars?