Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Center Variations- DIY Giant Paper Flowers

Giant Paper Flower Center Variations

How to make giant paper flower centers. DIY giant paper flowers.

     I am writing on giant flower center variations today because I constantly have requests on how to make different options! 

     I will be showing you my top 5 favorites. There is a hidden freebie in one for you as well! 

     There are many more options then just what is shown here and I will be sharing more of those designs with you in my book release "The Art of Giant Paper Flowers" next month!

1. Pompom center

Giant paper flower with pompom center

Pompom centers are a great basic way to finish off the center of the flower.

Step 1:
Using an 8.5x11 sheet of card stock fold vertically down the center. And cut the paper in half.
Precede to fold each of these 2 pieces in half again before moving on to step 2.

Step 2:
Using regular or fringe scissors cut slits all the way down each folded piece.
Pro tip
Or cut at a diagonal angle to establish a slightly different look.

Step 3:
Once you have cut the whole way down, open the piece up and fold it the opposite way inside out. This will help with keeping a fluffier looking pompom.
Glue together the non fringed sides.

Step 4:
Begin rolling your first piece up just like rolling a cinnamon roll! Add on the second piece and finish rolling so that both pieces have been rolled to form one pompom.
Whenever you want to make a larger pompom just keep adding and rolling more fringed pieces. The sky in the limit with the size of your pompom!

DIY giant paper flower templates

2. Word Centers

Cute giant paper flower backdrop ideas

Step 1:
To create the center you will need to make a basic pompom like we just learned.
The only exception with this pompom is you want to leave a little hallow hole. 

Step 2:
You will need to flatten the pompom down a lot. The fringed pieces standing up need to be fold outward and down.

Step 3:
Gluing in the flattened pompom like this now gives you a base for which to glue the monogram or shape of your choosing to the center of the flower.

3. Jewel Centers

DIY jewel centers for giant paper flowers

These no doubt take some patience to create but they are really very simple to design.
· Small 1-2 inch foam ball cut in half. (Please be careful when cutting or try to find small half foam balls already cut. I use a small saw.)
· Sticky back rhinestones or pearl embellishments. String ribbon pearls or rhinestone ribbons work great as well.
· Glue gun

Finding pearl or rhinestone embellishments is very easy when shopping at most crafts and even a variety of places online.

 Step 1:
Start by gluing one larger pearl or rhinestone in the
center. Then add a circle of smaller ones around.

Step 2:
Using string pearl or rhinestone ribbon wrap the rest of the half foam ball. You can also continue by gluing more jewels or pearls around if you aren’t using the string like I am here.

Step 3:
Keep going till the whole foam ball is covered.

Rhinestones are a great option as well in addition to the pearl center I just taught you. 

4. Rosette Centers

Rosette paper flowers with template.

Rosettes are so easy peezy and almost impossible to get wrong!
The great part about rosettes is that they are all made the same way. 
Grab your rosette freebie here
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Step 1:
Using a thin wood dowel or your  fingers, start at the outer most end and begin rolling tightly inward. 

Step 2:
After you get two or three rolls in add a bit of glue to ensure the center of the rosette remains tight.

Step 3:
Continue rolling until you reach the end. Keep it nice and tight as you roll to the end.

Step 4:
Once you have rolled the entire rosette you are going to want to let the bud loosen a bit before gluing down.
 Keep you fingers on the rosette but allow the flower to  unroll natural just a bit.
Glue the rosette to the base to hold it’s position. This technique works with any style of rosettes.

5. Small Mum Flower Center

DIY giant paper flower. Giselle style with mum center

The mum flower center is a unique easy option. Typically I use it will my Giselle flower design.

Step 1: Using a thin wood dowel or any other similar shaped item for rolling. Curl all your edge of the mum petals inward.

Step 2: To get the mum petals to stand up more, use your molding mat and rolling tool to roll the centers of each mum petal.

Step 3:
Start layering the petals. Each petal should be curled just a bit tighter then the one before.

Step 4:
Keep going so that 4 of the 6 mum cuts have been curled and stacked as shown.

Step 5: After layering 4 of the 6 mum petals together, layer the last 2 separately so you can get a good deep curl. Use you fingers to push the mum petals so the bud is practically closed. Then add in the last stacked petals into the center and glue the whole mum flower into the Giselle giant flower.

I hope you enjoyed these 5 giant flower center variation options! 

Don't forget to download your rosette freebie above! 


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