Creating Lovely For Less

Fabulous Construction Paper Flowers For Any Occasion

Have you ever thought of making decorations with construction paper? If you did, cheers! I’ve discovered it’s no longer child’s play; it’s a legitimate material to consider with respect to paper crafts for adults. For a long time, I associated it with children, daycare, kindergarten and elementary school. In my mind, I saw faded, muddy colors; with an unfinished appearance. In essence, I thought it unrefined; I was wrong.

 
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Popping with Spring’s Energy

At left the vibrant green construction paper center makes a striking contrast against the dark grey/black base petals.

 
 

Construction paper in a range of vivid colours that are also environmentally friendly

Well-known brands now offer construction paper in different colors, sizes, thicknesses and strengths. While kids’ arts and craft projects remain a steady channel for end-use, it is a valid option in regards to paper crafts for adults. Unlike the old faded hues, these colors are vivid and brilliant. Too, their structures are stronger can be scored without breaking. One of the most attractive things about some construction papers is they’re made of 100% recycled materials.

 
 

Learn how to make Construction paper flowers

Tools and materials

Glue gun, Glue sticks, and White glue

Scissors, hot glue gun, glue sticks,

Markers, Pencil, Pencil crayons, ruler or straight edge

Craft paint and/or food coloring, wire or wooden skewers for stems

Coffee filters, Cupcake liners, floral tape or paper to cover stems

Construction paper, paper napkins and other papers

Q-tips glitter or other types of pompoms, buttons etc.

Small purchased flowers (optional)

Or come up with your own ideas for creating centers.

 
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Reflections

Light bounces off both papers and lends a tinge of purple to the black construction paper petals.

 

Where to find construction paper

It is widely available online; or at brick and mortar stores; where primary and elementary school art and craft supplies are sold.

 

Construction paper facts and features

  • Bright colours with a smooth appearance

  • A wide variety of colours that resist fading

  • Cuts easily and makes clean folds

  • Available in different strengths and thicknesses

  • Value-priced; available in pads; easy to carry

  • Recyclable

  • Chlorine free

  • Non-toxic

    With glue and a few simple supplies, you can produce countless paper projects of all types: flowers, lanterns, collages, book covers, backdrops, cards, cutouts, drawings and more.

 

Above: a glitter pompom surrounded by a dip-dyed, paper napkin fringe makes a spectacular show.

 

Instructions to make Zinnia-type blooms that work as centers and as flowers on their own

Step 1. Cut a rectangle of paper; select and bottom edge.

Step 2. Use a straight edge and a pencil to mark a line about 1/2” in from bottom.

Step 3. With scissors, cut narrow strips to the marked line; being careful not to cut through the edge.

Step 4. Continue cutting until you have finished fringing the entire rectangle.

Step 5. Secure stem to paper by applying a small amount of hot glue at bottom edge of paper, place stem onto glue and roll. (Caution)

Step 6. Continue rolling and applying small amounts of glue at every complete turn, until you have come to the end of the fringed paper.

Step 7. Curl and adjust petals as desired.

Step 8. Apply a small amount of glue in hollow middle of flower and cover with chosen center.

Step 9. Cover stem with floral tape or other paper.

Alternately, draw lines and use a craft knife and cutting mat to slash paper.

 
 

construction paper base flowers - instructions

Step 1. Fold a sheet of construction paper in a triangle and cut off excess.

Step 2. Fold triangle again to form a smaller one

Step 3. Fold smaller triangle again to create an even smaller one

Step 4. Fold triangles a fourth time. To create petals, hold all layers of paper together. Starting from lowest creased point, going up to point where all layers of paper meet, cut triangle in an oval shape; unfold.

Step 5. Unfold and open petals; use scissors to cut out a section of one petal - leaving a 1/2” inch intact on one side

Step 6. Use a glue stick yo apply adhesive along the underlap. See image above.

Step 7. Join petals by placing edge of neighbouring petal on top of, and up against, the crease of underlap section.

Step 8. When dry, use a wooden/bamboo skewer to poke a hole through middle of joined petals

Step 9. To accommodate larger stems and centers, use scissors to snip around opening in the middle.

step 10. Apply hot glue in a circle at middle of petals; push center/stem through opening; carefully press together with fingers (Use caution with hot glue)

 

Creating Variations in construction paper flowers - tips

Simply cutting a fringe smaller or thicker generates a remarkably different bloom. Narrower cuts will produce a flower that appears lighter with less visual weight; while, thicker slices/petals will have a more solid appearance.

 
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Striking Contrast

Pairing other paper types, with construction paper, produces distinct and eye-catching flowers.

 

Build your own brand of construction paper art

While you can generate beautiful flowers using only construction paper, when creating centers, I encourage you to experiment with other types of paper to build your own brand of paper flowers.

 
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Centered

This construction paper flower gets a contrasting center made of coffee filters and crepe paper.

 

construction paper flowers ideas and inspiration

Below are several examples of how easily combining assorted centers with the same petals can create a variety of flowers. In fact, some of these examples are flowers within flowers. The idea is to start with the most basic and build from there.

 

For eye-catching textures, mix construction paper with other paper types

Above: To create petals that look different, use pointed, curved and oval edges. For centers that are different in texture, use paper napkins, cupcake liners and other papers. Too, incorporate edge scissors if you have them on hand. They alter outlines and make a remarkable difference.

 

Below: Examine how the collection of flowers was created with a few basic set of petals and different types of centers.

Above: Center made of paper napkins. As you cut into napkins, they’ll take on some interesting shapes that make for eye-catching flowers.

 

CONSTRUCTION PAPER centers that work as FLOWERS

Below: A selection of dark and bright flowers made with construction paper; and guaranteed to bloom in any season. They are easy to put together. Think of them as larger fringes; as they are structured the same as small fringed centres, in larger blooms. All you’ll need is a rectangular strip of paper in a size you desire and a button, pompom, bead or other flower to place in the middle. Keep in mind though: Adding centres is another option; leaving the middle hollow and increasing the number of petals, produces another type of flowers similar to Asters and Zinnias.

 
 

Above: I crumpled the construction paper before cutting it. That resulted in a more relaxed flower, with petals that dropped lower - causing the glitter pompoms to stand out.

 

Accent construction paper to create variety

The pictures in this post are meant to stir your creativity. In the simplest form, a number of them are large fringes that look somewhat like Zinnias. They are made exactly the same as small fringe centers in some flowers. Above: Left center made of cupcake liners and a Q-tip. Above: Right, a coloured Q-tip, surrounded by two different size fringes, creates a composite center.

 
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Aster, Zinnia or Both

This type of flower is easy and versatile; can be used as a center or on its own

 

Above: Left, glitter pompoms used as centers; at right, small purchased flower in a similar hue creates an interesting center. Both flowers are constructed the same. The only difference is the centers.

Spring is in the air! Now is the perfect time to grab your ideas; along with a package of construction paper; and begin to creating some brilliant flowers.

As always, if you have any questions, please ask them in the comments section, I would answer as soon as I can.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

If the Lord will; see you next time.