Guest Post: Paper Flowers by Katie Wade of Lemon Jitters

My dad passed away last week and I am in Texas for his services. I’ll be back later in the week, but for now I have a fun project to share with you thanks to Katie Wade of Lemon Jitters. Katie was one of the winners last Fall of one of my big blog giveaways and I found myself instantly smitten with her charming personality and crafting style. I asked Katie if she could help me out while I’m gone by sharing a project. I hope you’ll welcome her by leaving a kind comment and checking out her lovely blog. Thank you everyone. -Cathe

Paper Flowers by Katie Wade of Lemon Jitters

Hi there, JSIM readers! I regularly craft over on my blog, Lemon Jitters but I’m so glad to be joining you guys today. I’d like to share a paper craft that I’ve been working on. I am making a paper flower bouquet for a friend’s wedding. I’m using my Cricut to cut out the petals for that (and you can check out my blog for updates in the near future).  So I started thinking about an easy way to make flowers without an electronic cutting machine. I’m pretty happy with the results and can’t wait to put them on my desk at work tomorrow!

You will need:

  • Circle craft punch (I used a 2 inch)
  • Various papers
  • Scissors
  • Abit of tape (any kind will work)
  • Glue or glue dots

After you cut out lots of circles with your punch, you will need to trim them into pizza shapes (or pie shapes, if you’re the kinda gal with a sweet tooth). These are your petals. The amount of petals you need will depend on how big you want your flower and how many layers you want. I made about 20 pieces for a 3-4 inch flower with five layers.

Next, take one of your circles (I actually used a smaller circle in the photo – any size will work), and cut a slit in it. Then pull the two ends together and tape the seam. This should form a little cone. This is the base of your flower and really the most crucial aspect of 3D flower making. Oh – I’ll tell you a secret – the second time I  made a base, I ran the circle through my Xyron sticker machine (which I won in a giveaway right here on JSIM!), and it worked really well. Plus, I didn’t have to use any glue on my first layer of petals!Put a bit of glue or glue dot in the bottom of your flower base. I used glue dots because they are easy to use and provide a little pop-up action for my flower petals. If I had actual pop-dots, I would have used those to make my petals look more realistic. Start placing your petals down into the base. Two-three petals fit on one glue dot. I bent my petals to add dimension.As you are adding layers of petals, it should start to look something like this. With each layer, I placed the petals in between the petals of the last layer so the flower would look full and realistic. I also trimmed my pizza slices down as I went along. That way the very inner circles of petals are smaller, like a real flower. No need to be precise when trimming, it will look good, I promise!See? I really love how this one turned out. I used vintage notebook, graph and textbook (Chinese textbook!) papers as well as some new notebook papers. I placed a little pearl flower in the middle (from JBS Mercantile). I also made a couple of more flowers using scrapbook paper (card stock weight). I found that card stock and lightweight paper both work well. I only used 11 petals on the blue one and I think it makes the flower look more cutesy. So, if you want cutesy – use less petals. And on the yellow flower, I didn’t even try to coordinate which print went where – I just stuck them down. And I really like how it turned out!

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27 Responses to Guest Post: Paper Flowers by Katie Wade of Lemon Jitters

  1. #1 - Helen says:

    Cathe, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. There is no ‘good’ day to lose a parent, child or friend. I will be thinking about you.

  2. #2 - Michelle says:

    Cathe, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. I am so sorry for the loss of your father.

  3. #3 - Nana Diana says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. It is never easy to lose a parent no matter how old we are or how old they are. Saying a prayer for you! Those flowers are really, really cute-she did a great job. xo Diana

  4. #4 - Savannah Smiled says:

    These are so cute.
    I’d love for my bridal bouquet to be filled with these one day,
    as opposed to real flowers. Thanks for the thrifty tip 🙂

  5. #5 - Julia D. says:

    Thinking of you Cathe, and thanks for thinking of us by sharing the
    great paper flowers Katie Wade showed how to make.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. #6 - Celine says:

    May the soul of your beloved father rest in peace.
    I will pray for all those who love and miss your Dad.

  7. #7 - Immi says:

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. I’m glad you can be with loved ones right now.

  8. #8 - anne says:

    Sending you a hug and my deepest sympathies.

  9. #9 - Rebecca Grieger says:

    So sorry to hear of your Dads passing………..a very difficult time for you all. My thoughts are with you. Kindest regards……Rebecca xx

  10. #10 - Mixed Kreations says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    These are really cute. I really like the blue one, like the button center.
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. #11 - Carol Dee says:

    Cathe, My Mother passed away one month ago. I share in your sorrow. Big hugs….
    Katie, the flowers are fabulous. Looks like a project I CAN do and WILL try. Thanks for the GREAT tutorial. Hugs….

  12. #12 - Tracy Wright says:

    Cathe,
    I’m so sorry. My heart and prayers are with you and your family.
    Katie did a great job on this post. She was a wonderful choice for a guest.
    Such a unique way to make flowers and a craft that looks to be fairly simple and fun.
    Take care of yourself.

  13. #13 - Sharon says:

    I know how hard it is to lose a parent(s). My heart goes out to you & I am praying for you. Katie gave us a very sweet project with a little twist. Thanks to her for the project & stepping in for you.

  14. #14 - Danee says:

    clever. I love how you took something so basic- a circle punch- and made a pretty flower. You must know I have a big thing for faux flowers of any material. My Pinterest has an entire-well stocked-board for faux flowers.

  15. #15 - alisha says:

    I’m so sorry about the death of your daddy…God bless you and may He bring you peace in your time of sorrow…

  16. #16 - Elizabeth Toel says:

    My thoughts are with you…it is a trying time I know from experience.

    xoxo

  17. #17 - clair says:

    Sorry to hear about your Dad.. Thinking of you & sending {{{HUGS}}..

    Clair
    xxx

  18. #18 - Cynthia says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I pray that God will bring His comfort to your family.

  19. #19 - Robin says:

    So sorry to hear about your Dad Cathe, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

  20. #20 - Kristi McMurry says:

    So sorry about your father’s passing. 🙁

    Katie, this post is great! You are seriously so talented. Paper is so hard for me to work with! I always just end up with a blob. haha!

  21. #21 - kristi says:

    I am so sorry Cathe for the loss of your dad. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. xo

  22. #22 - Tracy says:

    My condolences on the loss of your father.

  23. #23 - Clara says:

    I am sorry for your loss. May being around loved ones help you.

  24. #24 - Noelle says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss, Cathe! My thoughts are with you…

    Best regards,
    Noelle

  25. #25 - Elaine says:

    Dear Cathe,
    I am so sorry for your loss of your Dad. Thank you again for sharing a bit about him. As I see from other comments many of us can empathize with your loss. Grace and peace to you.

  26. #26 - Rupa says:

    So sorry for your loss. May your dad rest in peace!

  27. #27 - Mel McCarthy says:

    Dear Cathe, words don’t do your loss justice, but I just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you & your family and sending love. Katie’s flowers are lovely. You are too kind to arrange a guest post for us when you are going through so much. Take care. ox