Turn Photos into Paper Flowers
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If romantic comedies have taught us anything it’s that getting a beautiful bouquet of flowers is pretty darn special.
Flowers brighten up your day, but they tend to do that one pesky little thing — dying once they’re cut.
Making flowers out of photographs is a fun and cheeky way of telling that special someone you are smitten.
Plus, these flowers will go on living as mini photographic reminders of beautiful things that have happened in your life.
Learn how to make a super fun and simple bouquet of photo flowers to cheer up your living space, a loved one, or a stranger on the street. (Because we’d all like to feel like we’re in a romantic comedy once in a while.)
Why It’s Cool
Flowers are beautiful and the tend to make everyone pretty stinkin’ happy.
It’s awesome how placing a vase of flowers in a room makes it feel a little more put together than it did before.
These photo flowers will achieve that higher level of design sophistication all the while displaying images of things you love.
They’re simple and elegant with a touch of whimsy that’ll make all your friends ask “How did you do that?”
The best part of the photo flowers is that they will live forever. They wont go rotting away in a vase that you just keep “forgetting” to clean out.
- Photos you want to turn into flowers*
- Floral Wire
- Floral Tape
- Pen or Pencil
- Circular object for tracing
*Photos printed on computer/copy paper or vellum work the best.
STEP 1: Round and Round
Choose carefully where you trace, as the middle of the circle will be the middle of the flower.
STEP 2: Get to Cutting
Cut out the circle you just traced.
Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly cut out. The imperfection will add to the charm of the flower.
STEP 3: Go Halfsies
STEP 4: And Again…
You’re getting so good at this.
STEP 5: One more time
Your circle will now look like tiny little fan.
STEP 6: Shape it up
The finished result will look an ice cream cone.
You can play around with how you cut the top as this will be your petal shape. Try a few shapes to see what petal cut out you like best.
STEP 7: Make Your Mark
Mark off your least favorite petal and the top half of the petal next to it with a pen or pencil.
STEP 8: Just a Little off the Top
You will be left with 6 and a half petals.
The half petal will be the anchor of your flower (and it will look a little like a triangle).
STEP 9: It’s all Coming Together
Glue the petal next to it (across the gap) on top of the triangular half petal.
STEP 10: Create Some Texture
STEP 11: A Little Loopy
STEP 12: A Flower Grows
STEP 13: The Finishing Touch
Yippee! You just made your first flower out of a photo! Feels good, right?!
If you aren’t super stoked on your first attempt don’t give up hope. It may take a couple of tries to get the hang of this. Don’t discard the flowers you don’t like ’cause they will look cute among the flowers you do like when they are all put together in a bouquet.
Taking It Further
- Print your photos double sided so that you will have images on the top side of the flower as well as the bottom side of the flower.
- Make a garland of photo flowers by twisting the wire together.
- Make all types of flowers. A quick google search on how to make paper flowers will give you a plethora of tutorials on crafting different types of flowers.
- Make a wreath or head piece of photo flowers.