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Project

Paper Dogwood Flowers

Created By: Anders Krusberg

Introduction

We picked a new faux bloom this season. Four-petaled paper dogwood flowers offer a way to enjoy spring year-round. Making them calls for basic folds and cuts -- no pruning required. Stamp on the details, affix to a branch, and display in a vase or on a table as an everlasting centerpiece.

Materials

  • Card stock in white and green
  • Dogwood petal template
  • Scissors
  • Eraser
  • Green ink
  • Starburst stamp
  • Clear craft glue

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut card stock into 5-inch squares. Fold a square in half, then fold in half again. Open square, and crease diagonally, reversing direction of fold; repeat to make another diagonal crease.

  2. Step 2

    Fold square back up along original creases. Trace petal template onto square.

  3. Step 3

    Cut out along open edges. Snip off a tiny bit of pointed tip; unfold flower.

  4. Step 4

    With an unused pencil eraser and green ink, stamp small marks at indents on each petal.

  5. Step 5

    Use a starburst-style stamp to mark center. Cut out leaves from green card stock. Secure flowers and leaves to branches with clear craft glue.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2010

Reviews (6)

  • Molly Augustine 6 Jun, 2013

    It looks wonderful and easy to make .thank you.

  • Sheree7 22 Apr, 2013

    In step #4, instead of using green ink I'll use a dark mauve, which based on a google image search would represent more varieties of dogwood.

  • JPiekar 31 Mar, 2011

    The white petals are actually bracts,

  • GlitterBugg 21 Dec, 2010

    This is really fun and easy to make! Great way to simply decorate and empty corner in the house.

  • Edgyart 26 Jun, 2010

    A great way to add texture to paper leaves and make them more life-like is to fold them in half lengthwise and run them through a paper crimper at an angle. Open up the leaf, and instant veins! It also allows you to twist the leaf slightly to make each leaf look a little different.

  • clanc113 15 Mar, 2010

    Thank you! I made a wreath, years ago, with the real dried flowers. Of course, they are all gone now. This will be a good replacement, that lasts longer!!