Simple Scrapbooking Tutorial: Easy Handmade Flower

by Lain Ehmann on April 14, 2011

Yesterday I posted about the handmade flowers I am seeing everywhere in magazines these days, and I shared a layout I made with three of my creations. A full tutorial was included on ScrapHappy, but in case you aren’t a member (yet!), I wanted to share a simple tutorial here on how to make this little beauty:

We’ll be making the one in the upper left. (Sorry about the poor lighting — the lights above my desk went out and I have to wait until my husband comes back from California to change them! Haha!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Scraps of coordinating patterned paper
  • Button
  • Embroidery floss (I used hemp)
  • Adhesive
  • Paper trimmer

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Trim four pieces of patterned paper, 1/8″ by 6″

2. Fold each piece towards the middle, overlapping slightly. Secure with a dab of your favorite adhesive (I just used a taperunner). These form the petals.

3. Starting with two “petals,” criss-cross them and secure them together with another dab of adhesive.

4. Continue in this manner. securing each new “petal.”

5. Plum up the petals with your fingers by spreading the loops.

6. Thread a button with hemp or embroidery floss. Secure to petals with glue dot.

7. Admire your handiwork!

Wasn’t that easy? You could create some fantastic versions of this by varying the length of the petals (longer and shorter) and playing with the size of the paper. Show me what you do!

P.S. I have more of these flowers than I can use. Win the three above by telling me about the last handmade embellishment that you made — or would like to make! Contest closes Friday. :)

  • Jeannett_mcgee

    I have made a few handmade flowers. Thanks for a chance to win these great flowers.

  • http://cynthiagael.wordpress.com/ fancyscrapper

    My most recent hand-made embellishment was a pocket with two tags in it. I made both the pocket and the tags, and I’m really happy with the results! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win!

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  • Mariavll

    I have been working with crepe paper to create my flowers.

  • MaryBeth

    I made a flower from a zipper and a button, it turned out adorable. I am going to Hawaii in a few weeks and those flowers that you are giving away, would be a great addition to the pages I will be creating from the trip.

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