The latest decorative craze appears to be paper flowers. Sounds like a great idea, right? Decorate your walls with paper flowers that never die and work on your wall better than fake flowers. A flower with 6 large petals, 6 medium petals, and 6 small petals and a middle piece uses up 9 pieces of card stock paper. On Amazon, I bought a 5o sheet package of card stock paper for $8.05 plus taxes and am able to make 5 flowers, each flower costing around $1.60, which isn’t terrible.
I must admit the flowers being uses for permeant or temporary decorations can be quite nice, if you position them correctly on the wall. However there are some downsides to the flowers.
Each flower can be very time consuming. The more you make the faster you can put them together. The first time I made these flowers was for a prom for disability kids, amazing cause and I wanted to volunteer my time. They said they needed help with decorations and once I got there I know why. It took me about 60 minutes to make one flower! Now that I’ve made about a gazillion of them, I can do it in 45 minutes. With all the cutting and glueing it is quite time consuming.
2. Hot Glue Gun
I must admit I’m not an expert with the hot glue gun. There is quite a bit of gluing and then folding that can cause you to burn yourself. While rolling the middle of the flower, I burned myself so bad. I had to hold my finger under cold water for 15 minutes and was in pain most of the day. So please, be careful while doing this.
3. Cutting and Paper waste
So much cutting!!! Pedal after pedal. I didn’t realize how much I hated cutting until I started making these flowers. Thinking I was an expert, I decided to make some for my daughter’s 6th birthday party to decorate the room, and my hands were killing me. Also, with the shapes of the petals, if you aren’t careful with placement you can end of up wasting a lot of paper.
4. Follow Instructions
It is very important to follow each otherwise you will cut something wrong or glue something wrong and waste time and paper.
I mentioned above that every flower is about a 1.60 to make based on paper but there is also a cost of the hot glue. Depending on how many you need, you could easily end up with a $100 worth of paper flowers so plan accordingly.
Paper flowers are beautiful and a fun craft. You’ve now been warned.
Here’s how to make your own:
1. 9 8×11.5 Card Stock Paper (Colors of your choice)
2. Hot Glue Gun
6. Optional-Add some nice colors to the center or petals with a little spray paint