Punched Paper Flower Cards
Projects by Michael Strong.
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Materials and Tools:
2" round paper punch
1" round paper punch
8-1/2" x 11" medium green card stock
8-1/2"x 11" pale yellow card stock (65 lb.)
8-1/2"x 11" black card stock
deckle-edge decorative scissors
1. Using the round punch, punch out six circles from the pale yellow card stock. You will need three circles for each flower.
2. Fold each circle in half and in half again (quarter round). Fold the quarter round in half again making eight pie-shaped wedges.
3. While the circle is folded in eighths, cut the wedge into a petal shape. Be sure to make the cuts from the wide side toward the point. End the cuts approximately two-thirds of the way down the wedge on both sides.
4. Open up the wedge to reveal an eight-petal flower. Repeat this process on the other five circles.
5. Glue three completed flower shapes together just in their centers to make one sunflower blossom. Offset each of the three pieces to reveal some of the petals below.
6. From the black card stock, punch out two circles using the 1-inch punch.
8. Using a paper cutter, cut several 2" x 3" pieces of the green paper. These will become the leaves. Fold each piece in half and, using deckle-edged scissors, cut the folded paper into a leaf shape. You will need at least two leaves for each flower.
9. From the leftover green cardstock, cut five thin strips of paper measuring approximately 1/4" x 4-1/4". These will be your stems. Starting at the bottom of each piece, pinch the paper together all the way up the length of the strip, stopping approximately 1/2-inch from the top.
10. Fold the flat section at the top of the stem down. This forms the tab to which the backside of the flower is attached.
11. Attach the leaves to the stems by putting glue or double-sided tape on the bottom section of each leaf.
12. Wrap the leaf around a stem, pinching together the folded bottom part of the leaf that has the glue on it so that it will
stick to the stem. Repeat this process with the other leaf on the other side of the stem.
13. Fold back and shape the top of each leaf. Repeat this process with the other flower and stem.
14. Glue or tape the two completed flowers with stems and leaves together.
Using paper and other simple supplies, anyone can make this three-dimensional floral card.