How To'sday | Paper Flowers by Julie Koets

Happy How To'sday to you! I love this day every week when we are treated to a variety of different ideas and techniques brought to us by one of you. Today's amazing creation is a tutorial on a unique type of flower making from our friend Julie Koets.


I don't have a lot of embellishments so I was excited to find a way to make my own dimensional flowers out of scrap paper. After all, who doesn't have tons of scraps? It's the perfect way to use up some of those little pieces of pretty paper that you can't bear to throw away. I made this flower for my recent Mid-Week Mojo:

Start by cutting 12 strips of paper. I used strips from the same piece of striped patterned paper, but there's no reason you couldn't mix things up a bit and use lots of different patterns. I don't have exact measurements, but my strips were roughly three inches by 1/4 inch.

Next, take two strips and form an "x" and then place a third strip right down the center. Pinch the three strips together and use a staple to secure them together.

Repeat this process three more times until you have four groups of stapled strips.

Next, layer your stapled groups over one another, in an alternating pattern so the strips aren't all going the same direction. Use a glue dot or super sticky adhesive between each group of strips.The staples between the layers will give your layers some dimension.

To finish things off, add a button or a sticker or cut out a circle of paper to hide the center staple. You can also ink the edges of the strips before you staple them, and use your fingers to curl the edges up slightly for more dimension. For another look try cutting your strips of paper using pinking sheers or other decorative edge scissors. The possibilities are really endless.


Thank you Julie for your unique and amazing tip! I love figuring out ways to use up scraps because you're right—it's such a shame to see beautiful scraps go to waste.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our next edition to Mid Week Mojo.

Have an amazing How To'sday!

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