I’m making my own bouquet (and bouquets for my bridesmaids) with the ribbon flowers I showed you how to make last week and these sheet music paper flowers. Making these isn’t as easy as the ribbon flowers, but they aren’t too hard once you get the technique down. You can use any kind of paper you’d like with these – book pages and spiffy colored papers also work well. Since I’m making so many of them for the wedding, I usually do them in batches of eight or so and leaving off the stems for easier storage. A note of warning for all cat owners – these apparently make excellent cats toys, so keep them in a kitty-free zone.
What You Need
- Sheet Music – thrift stores are a good place to go for cheap, useless sheet music (I feel bad cutting up anything I like). I found some mine at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If you don’t want to buy any, you can also just print some free sheet music from online.
- Hot glue gun
- Measuring tape/stick unless you’re good at judging distances
- A small stick of some sort – I used a Q-tip with the ends cut off
- Pipe cleaners
- Floral tape
Cut the sheet music into 4″ squares. I find the easiest way to do it is to fold the sheet into quarters then mark off 4″ from the corner in the center. I cut the edges off, then cut along the folded lines. It’s okay if it’s not a perfect square.
Take one of the squares and fold it in half diagonally to make a triangle. Fold it diagonally two more times until you have a triangle that’s about 2″ on the shorter sides. Find the corner that’s at the center of the sheet (I often unfold the triangle just to make sure) and cut off a little bit of the corner (maybe 1/8″).
Starting under the corner closest to the hole you just made, start cutting in a semi-circle across the top and under the other corner. These will be the petals, so you want to make them nicely rounded. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with two more squares of sheet music.
Now that you have three semi-flower-looking-things, you’ll need to cut out “petals” from each one. You need to cut out one petal from the first one, two from the second, and three from the third. This is a good way to get rid of areas that have writing on them or just don’t look as nice as the others. At this point you can do whatever you’d like with the one and two-petaled leftovers. Keep the three-petaled one and the larger sections.
Take one of your larger sections and glue the two petals on either side of the cut together.
Repeat this for the other two large sections. When you get to the three-petaled section, just put the glue on the very edge of one of the petals. These petals shouldn’t overlap much, just enough to stay closed.
Now take your little stick and curl the ends of the petals around it. It seems to work best if you roll it up and down a few time for each petal.
Now it’s assembly time. Take the largest section and the next largest one. Put some glue around the edge of the hole at the bottom of the next largest one and insert it into the larger one. Repeat with the other sections until you have this:
If you don’t want to add a stem, then you’re done. Otherwise, take one of the pipe cleaners and twist a small bit at the top into a hook. This is to keep the pipe cleaner from sliding all the way through the hole when you insert in in the flower. Add a drop of glue to the bottom of the hook and slide the pipe cleaner other end first through the hole at the bottom of your flower.
If you tried the ribbon flower tutorial, then this part should be familiar. Take the floral tape and, starting at the top, wrap it tightly around the pipe cleaner all the way down.
Congratulations! You now have a beautiful paper flower!