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Published on June 26th, 2014 | by Sally Wenham

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Say It With (Paper) Flowers

Recently there has been a trend developing for the production of paper flowers. Now we can see their rise in popularity mainly due to the fact that they look just like real flowers but without the onset of hayfever!

Here at the Post Office Shop we have found that this trend has escalated further and a large paper flower display was created by artist Melinda Swain and displayed at the Philadelphia Flower Show in March 2014.
Swain describes herself as a ‘paper florist’ and has mentioned that she considers the large amount of hours and even days which she spends turning recycled A4 paper into these three dimensional paper flowers as ‘solitary confinement’.

Her floral creations have roots to the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, known as origami. They also have ties to Kirigami which is a slight variation as it requires the paper to be cut and folded to create these masterpieces.

Whilst we were conducting our research on creating paper flowers, we found quite a few online tutorials. So we thought we would give one a try!

To get started with creating your own collection of paper flowers, all you need are three common office supplies items; paper, scissors and glue

Then, you cut out a petal and crumple it. Once you have crumpled it you shape it into a central petal and add a drop of glue to the bottom to hold it together.

Paper Flower - First Petal Paper Flower - Start

Then you continue adding petals to create a flower that is as open or closed budded as you like.

Paper Flower - More Petals Added (2) Paper Flower - More Petals Added

When you’ve reached the size of paper bloom that you want… Finish off with some outer petals.

Paper Flower - Finished With Paper

Et voila! A paper flower. It was harder than I thought it was going to be – Here’s my finished version against the tutorial final version from Instructables.com:

Paper Flower - Final Paper Flower - Instructables Version

Not bad for a first attempt! Why don’t you give it a go yourself?

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