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Easy Mother's Day project adapts for many ages and skill levels

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Last minute Mother's Day projects needn't break the bank when found items come together to create adorable flowers. Use them as gifts, gift tags, pins or as decorative items around the home.

Supplies list:

Sturdy colored paper

Scissors or cutting machine

Craft glue, glue stick or double sided adhesive tape

Optional:

Paper doily

Chenille sticks

Self adhesive gems

Pin backs

Ribbon

Craft stick

Glitter

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Begin with cutout shapes
Begin with cutout shapes Mary Beth Magee

Begin with cutout shapes

Cut duplicate shapes from colored paper. Stars, triangles or squares work well if no floral shapes are available. Make flowers of varying sizes by using larger or smaller shapes.

Add adhesive between layers
Add adhesive between layers Mary Beth Magee

Add adhesive between layers

Position one shape obliquely atop the other, securing the pair with a dot of glue or small piece of double stick tape. Place the adhesive so that it doesn't show at the edge.

Position the layers as desired
Position the layers as desired Mary Beth Magee

Position the layers as desired

Don’t worry if the shape seems out of balance at first. As you add more layers, the gaps will fill. Keep adding layers until the flower is satisfactorily full. Aim for a pleasing array of points or petals around the flower. The finished sample uses four layers-add as many as desired for the proper effect.

Bling sets the project apart from the crowd
Bling sets the project apart from the crowd Mary Beth Magee

Bling sets the project apart from the crowd

Once the layers are in place, add bling. A self-adhesive decorative gemstone, a circle of glitter or a background of contrasting paper help to bring the paper flower to life.

The setting makes all the difference
The setting makes all the difference Mary Beth Magee

The setting makes all the difference

Add additional features, based on the end use of the flower. A paper doily slightly larger than the flower can set it off for use as a decoration. Add a pin to the back for use as a corsage or name tag. Mount the flower on a piece of plain cardstock to use is as a gift tag.

Use paper flowers in a floral arrangement
Use paper flowers in a floral arrangement Mary Beth Magee

Use paper flowers in a floral arrangement

Turn the paper flower into a whimsical flower arrangement by punching or cutting holes through the center of each shape. Some cutting machines, such as the Brother ScanNCut, can cut the holes as the shape is cut, if it's part of the template.

Align the holes as the flower grows
Align the holes as the flower grows Mary Beth Magee

Align the holes as the flower grows

Attach the flower petals, keeping the hole clear of adhesive. The sample flower uses a green patterned paper as the bottom layer, with the flower patterned paper for the petals.

Prepare the stem for the flower
Prepare the stem for the flower Mary Beth Magee

Prepare the stem for the flower

Squeeze a crimp into a green chenille stick about 2 inches from one end. This little bend will help to hold the finished flower in place on the stem. Slide the shorter end of the stem through the hole in the flower up to the crimp. Spiral the remaining exposed stem down to the surface of the flower to form the center. See the main article photo for the finished product.

Give imagination free reign
Give imagination free reign Mary Beth Magee

Give imagination free reign

 

A cutting machine makes the job easier for large numbers of shapes. These stars were cut by a Brother ScanNCut. Use the same paper for all of the shapes, or choose complementary colors and patterns.

This project works well for children, since adult leaders can provide the cut shapes and adhesive tape for younger crafters, while older children can cut their own shapes and use glue to assemble their flowers.

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