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Project

Punched-Paper Flowers

How does your garden grow? How about with punched paper petals made of colored card stock?

Introduction

Graphic designer and paper crafter Patricia Zapata used a Circle-Edge Punch with the Eyelet Doily and Diamond Lace punch cartridges to create these three-dimensional paper flowers. Group several as centerpieces on a table or present a single blossom as a simple gift and tie a message to the stem. Without the cube base, a flower becomes a topper to embellish a gift box. Find more of Patricia’s inspiring paper projects on her website and blog

For each of the flowers, Patricia punched different combinations of circles to make the petals. The size of the circles depends on the desired effect and the weight your wood dowel stem and base can support.

Materials

  • Wood blocks
  • Drill
  • Wood dowel rods
  • Wood glue
  • Acrylic paint (green)
  • Paint brush
  • Colored card stock (white, red, yellow, green)
  • Circle-Edge Punch with Eyelet Doily cartridge, from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Diamond Lace punch cartridge, from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Scissors
  • Clear-drying craft glue
  • Wood button

Steps

  1. Step 1

    For the stem and base:Drill a hole sized to fit your wood dowel in the wood cube.

  2. Step 2

    Add a bit of wood glue into the hole, insert dowel and allow to dry.

  3. Step 3

    Paint each “stem” and base green, allow to dry.

  4. Step 4

    Assemble stem with flower petals as described below.

  5. Step 5

    For the white flower:Create the stamens. Use scissors to cut a rectangular piece of red paper about 1 inch or 1 1/2 inches wide by about 8 inches and cut slits into it from one side. Wrap the piece tightly around the stem with the fringes pointing upward. Glue and allow to dry. Use your fingers to bend fringe outward slightly to adjust stamens.

  6. Step 6

    Punch two 6-inch circles from white card stock using the Diamond Lace punch cartridge to make the petals.

  7. Step 7

    Create the inner petals. From one of the circles, make a pie-shaped cutout from the edge to the center of the circle to remove one of the six-diamond sections. Slightly cone the circle into shape around the wood dowel underneath the stamen base so the end petals at the cut edges overlap; you may need to trim a bit off the pointed end of the cone with scissors so it wraps snugly around the dowel. Glue and allow to dry.

  8. Step 8

    Create the outer petals. From the second circle, repeat the pie-shaped cut and remove. Next make a straight cut in between each six-diamond section to make petals. Slightly cone the circle into shape around the wood dowel underneath the inner petals so the end petals at the cut edges overlap; you may need to trim a bit off the pointed end of the cone with scissors so it wraps snugly around the dowel. Glue and allow to dry. Bend cut petals outward for a pleasing shape.

  9. Step 9

    Create the green under petals. Punch one 6-inch circle from green card stock using the Diamond Lace punch cartridge. Use scissors to make one pie-shaped cutout from the edge to the center of the circle to remove three of the six-diamond sections. Make a straight cut in between each six-diamond section to make petals. Cut across the end of each petal so only the bottom diamond and half of the first row remains. Cone the circle into shape around the wood dowel underneath the outer petals so the end petals at the cut edges overlap; you may need to trim a bit off the pointed end of the cone with scissors so it wraps snugly around the dowel. Glue and allow to dry. Use your fingers to bend the green under petals outward.

  10. Step 10

    For the yellow flower:Punch four 6-inch circles from yellow card stock using the Eyelet Doily punch cartridge to make the petals.

  11. Step 11

    Use scissors to cut the circles following the template below. These will be used to make rings of petals to give the flower dimension. For the outermost ring of petals, cut one pie-shaped cutout from the edge to the center of the circle to remove one section; for the inner petals, you will need to remove more than one section so the rings of petals have a graduated look within the flower. For each circle: From the outer edge of the circle, cut in between each section only up to where the punch ends. Then, from the center point make additional cuts up toward the other cuts being careful not to cut completely through.

  12. Step 12

    Starting with the outermost ring, fold each petal inward toward the center. Shape the circle into a little bowl so the pie-cut edges overlap; glue and allow to dry.

  13. Step 13

    Repeat step 12 with the remaining three rings of petals until you have four “bowls” of graduated size. Insert the smaller bowls into the larger ones, gluing the centers together.

  14. Step 14

    Create the bud-shaped center of the flower using the leftover petals from the pie-shaped cutouts. Roll the petals into shape, then glue and allow to dry. Glue the bud to the center of the flower and allow to dry.

  15. Step 15

    Create the green under petals. Punch one 6-inch circle from green card stock using the Diamond Lace punch cartridge. Use scissors to make one pie-shaped cutout from the edge to the center of the circle to remove three of the six-diamond sections. Make a straight cut in between each six-diamond section to make petals. Cut across the end of each petal so only the bottom diamond and half of the first row remains. Cone the circle into shape around the wood dowel so the end petals at the cut edges overlap; you may need to trim a bit off the pointed end of the cone with scissors so it wraps snugly around the dowel. Glue and allow to dry. Use your fingers to bend the green under petals inward to enclose the top of the stem and create a flat base upon which to glue the flower head.

  16. Step 16

    Glue flower head to green under petal base; allow to dry.

  17. Step 17

    For the two-tone flower:Make the stamen fringe. Use scissors to cut several 1/8-inch-by-3-inch strips of red paper. Leaving a small hole in the center, crisscross the strips over one another to form a full circle. Glue and allow to dry, then slide the dowel end through the hole and glue and allow to dry. Next, create the stamen base. Use scissors to cut a 1/2-inch-by-8-inch strip of red paper. Wrap the strip around the top of the dowel stem, glue, and allow to dry.

  18. Step 18

    Create the inner petals. Punch one 6-inch circle from orange card stock using the Eyelet Doily cartridge. Use the scissors to make a pie shaped cutout from the edge to the center of the circle to remove one of the sections. Next make a straight cut in between each section to make petals. Slightly cone the circle into shape around the wood dowel underneath the stamen base so the end petals at the cut edges overlap; you may need to trim a bit off the pointed end of the cone with scissors so it wraps snugly around the dowel. Glue and allow to dry.

  19. Step 19

    Create the outer petals. Punch one 6-inch circle from red card stock using the Eyelet Doily cartridge. Use the scissors to make a pie-shaped cutout from the edge to the center of the circle to remove one of the sections. Next make a straight cut in between each section to make petals. Slightly cone the circle into shape around the wood dowel directly underneath the inner petals so the end petals at the cut edges overlap; you may need to trim a bit off the pointed end of the cone with scissors so it wraps snugly around the dowel. Glue and allow to dry.

  20. Step 20

    Create the under petals. Punch one 6-inch circle from green card stock using the Diamond Lace cartridge. Use scissors to make one pie-shaped cutout from the edge to the center of the circle to remove three of the six-diamond sections. Make a straight cut in between each six-diamond section to make petals. Cone the circle into shape around the wood dowel stem underneath the outer petals so the end sections overlap; glue and allow to dry. Use your fingers to bend cut petals outward for a pleasing shape.

  21. Step 21

    Glue the wood button to the top of the stamen base.