Newsprint paper flowers
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Newsprint paper flowers! They’re budget friendly, easily accessible and possibly free. Plus there are varied ways to make them; some easier than others. To create simple blooms, utilize the same method used to make tissue paper flowers for children; the steps:
Cut and stack paper.
Make accordion folds.
Shape the ends of the folds/petals with scissors.
Add a stem in the middle with wire or pipe cleaner; string can work if hanging.
Open up the folds.
Carefully, separate layers upward. (Use as much caution as tissue paper; newsprint, though thicker, rips easily.
Aside from newspaper, the list of materials below will help you create troves of beautiful flowers.
Newspaper flowers created tissue-paper-flowers style dress-up the back of the chairs at left.
Materials you will need
Pliers if working with rolls
Glue stick, white glue, glue gun
You won’t need all of the above supplies in every instance.
borrowed methods from tissue paper flowers
Some of the flowers on this page were made for events; others are samples. Experimenting and learning the characteristics of your paper will allow you to do more than you imagine.
Jewelled Centre Newsprint Flower
Left: The simple 26” wide flower got its dazzling centre from a 4” brooch.
Large size newsprint newsprint flowers
One of the first things I did in my newspaper flower experiments, was try making large newsprint flowers in the same way I create giant tissue paper flowers. The results were not the same; but that was mainly because of texture.
I delved into using the small tissue paper flowers technique. Again, I had to make adjustments for texture and paper thickness. Using newsprint as a substitute, I made tissue paper flowers for wall hangings; tissue paper flowers with pipe cleaners and no wire tissue paper flowers. In every instance I learned.
Getting more from the basics
Since I needed to make a barrage of large flowers, I decided to use the basic accordion folding method and secure the centres with pipe cleaners. It’s a simple and easy technique and many of the flowers on this page were created with it.
If you need a large amount of newsprint at a reasonable cost, I got a fabulous deal here.
Make eye-catching contrasts against the recyclable newsprint petals.
Create a paper garden
Whether you’ve made newsprint flowers before or it’s just a thought, following through is worth the while. When I made the first three flowers, it was from newsprint used to wrap breakable items I bought at the dollar store. I never dreamed I would take it this far.
A mountain of Blooms
About 200 newsprint flowers waiting to be packaged and transported
create variety with sizes and scale
Following are some suggestions to help you create a bevy of newspaper flowers and ways to use them. Make it interesting by varying the flower sizes; feel free to make them any size you want: small, medium, large and giant is a good place to start.
How to use newsprint paper flowers
Make a bouquet
Put them in a vase
Make pompoms, garlands
Design a mobile and hang it
Gift toppers instead of purchased ribbons or bows
Make them flat and use them to embellish scrapbooks or journals.
Create instant art by mounting large flowers on the wall or fix smaller blooms to a flat surface and hang on the wall.
Left: Diluted craft paint gives this newsprint flower its rich hues.
Newsprint paper parallels a painter’s canvas. You can use a number of options to colour it. Keep in mind though, unless treated, its natural state is not bright white. For that reason, the colour will likely seep through added tints and lighters hues.
Centred On Beads
Right: Newsprint laminated in light pink tissue paper wrapped around a beaded ball adds interest.
Design: How to Add colour and interest
Cut different size petals
Alternate layers with other type of paper; e.g. tissue
Use printed and unprinted newspaper
Give a vintage look to petals with tea or coffee
Colour them any way you want; apply colour by dripping it with a dropper or with a brush.
Pour colour in a spray bottle; mist paper or flowers and let dry.
Add pearls, gemstones and buttons to centres; glue or sew.
Dip-dye once or multiple times to create an ombre effect.
How To Make Pretty DIY Flowers (Updated) offers more details on how to dip-dye flowers.
About Newsprint Paper
It rips easily; like many papers, it has a grain. Find the grain by ripping the newsprint lengthwise and horizontally. whichever tears straighter is on grain. The paper will lie flatter when folded or gathered on grain.
Manipulating paper to form
When gathering or folding the paper, pay attention to petal edges; wider petals drawn tightly at the base are less likely to tear. To coax and soften petal edges from an upright position, use a pencil or similar object to curl petals under. For giant flowers, use a wooden dowel.
For large flowers Go with the grain
I’ve found gathering newsprint in single layers will likely produce small tears; more so if gathers are against the paper grain. Be mindful when making larger blooms.
Chair Back Decor
Large newsprint flowers and muslin sashes adorn the chairs.
Learning from mistakes
Below right: After several hours of hanging, the medallions started losing their crisp edges in some areas. That is in direct relation to the size and weight of the paper. Next round, I will glue the paper together in two or three layers, for larger sized medallions.
The medallions were created with single layer papers.
I hope the contents of this page have inspired you to reach for newspaper and come up with your own designs. Remember; it doesn't have to be complicated. Most of the featured flowers were created using the accordion folded method. There; you have it. It’s your turn.
As always, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read.