Easy DIY Paper Sunflowers ~ Family Craft

by Crafty Lumberjacks

Say goodbye to summer with these beautiful, larger than life paper sunflowers. In this class you’ll learn to turn paper into beautiful sunflowers with a fun pom-pom detail!  This is a great project for the whole family, so bring the kids! Once you learn the “how to”, you can easily add these into your early fall home decor or incorporate them into any craft project.

Materials

How To:

 Cut paper to a square:

For each flower you will need 3-4 layers of petals. Use the paper cutter to cut each piece of paper into a different sized square.

Cut out petals:

Think of each layer as a snowflake. Fold the squares in half corner to corner to create a large triangle. Fold again to create a smaller triangle. Use the picture below as a guide and draw two petals…almost in the shape of an M. Cut them out carefully and then unfold to revile. If you have any jagged cut edges, trim the petals to make them as smooth as possible.

Paint the petals:

Add darker yellow and orange paint to a plate and dab it with your stencil paint brush. A little goes a long way with this, less is more. Begin to dab on the color to the edges of the petals. Once dry add a bit of brown paint to your brush and add a bit to the center of the petals. This is a subtle detail that will really make a difference when completed.

Round the petals:

Make the petals pop by rounding them with a skewer. Place your skewer on top of each petal and lightly rub the paper to the skwer, this will create almost a taco shell shape. This step really helps the flower come alive!

Cut out leaves:

Fold a green piece of paper in half and draw simple leaf shapes. Cut them out with a pair of scissors and unfold them. Use your fingers to manipulate the leaves to create a 3-D look. Add White paint to the tips of the leaves to give them a more dimensional look.

Make a pom pom for the center:

For the seeds of the sunflower make a pom pom! This is a great way to add texture. Wrap brown and black yarn around your fingers about 15 times. Carefully remove it and tie another piece of yarn around the center, creating a “8” shape. Using a pair of scissors cut off the ends and fluff it up! Trim off any long pieces to comlete the look.

Glue them together:

Starting from the bottom up, add a dab of craft glue to the center of the petals. Glue on the leaves to the bottom and the pom pom to the center and you’re done!

These are beautiful on their own, would look great in a centerpiece or would be fabulous on a wreath!

Check out the full video tutorial here!

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