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Paper Flowers

Hi All,

I’m doing a little diversion today. Instead of a card, I decided to do a little tutorial on how to make paper flowers. I got this kit from Stampin’ Up! and was able to make some cool flowers, so I thought I would share. I actually learned this technique about a year ago – the flowers come out very stiff and permanent by using water. Ever since then, I’ve had dreams of doing an entire garland of flowers for table decor, but you know how it goes – there’s never enough time!! I really love making these flowers – you can be creative and make each one different. Two of the flowers in the picture are made with cupcake liners, believe it or not!

Because I spoke during recording and didn’t do a voice over, I had to wait until the kids were at school to do the video (otherwise you would inevitably hear “MOOOOOOOMMMM!!” from the other side of the house). There are times in the video when you can hear my older dog snoring – she’s so funny.

Anyway, hope you like the video. It’s a little longer than I typically post – hopefully you don’t get bored. The last flower I create in the video uses just a scallop circle punch. After I stopped the video I added some Faber Castell White Marker to the edge (you can see it in the photo above). I kept calling it a “gel pen” in the video, but it’s not really a gel pen – it’s more like a paint pen.

Back to cards next week!!







  1. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 9:26 am


    How fun!!! Love the flowers! I love the idea of using the little cupcake things!
    I did giggle when you used the herkin’ big scissors to cut your petals! I would have snipped the entire petal off with those! 🙂

    Thanks for some great ideas!

  2. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 10:21 am


    This is wonderful. Thanks so much!

  3. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 12:12 pm


    Love the flowers, will try these today. Thank you

  4. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Danielle woods

    Already excited and I haven’t watched yet!! Fabulous idea!!

  5. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 12:36 pm


    Thank you, that was a very helpful and well done video. Wonderful tips and ideas!

  6. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Joan Van Leeuwen

    Great video. Love the flowers. You’re right–there is never enough time!

  7. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Maria A. Rodriguez

    Fabulous tutorial Darlene, as always you make it so much fun to watch!! I love the flowers you made with those cupcake liners, sponging the edge and then spraying them, the color ran inside and they look like little carnations, really lovely.
    This flowers would look amazing in all colors and would make a really pretty Spring Time table arrangement.
    Thank you so much for this amazing tutorial.

  8. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Danielle Woods

    Love it!! Can’t wait to try this myself. I’m going to put them on my scrapbook pages!! Just awesome, thank you so much for sharing!! Very creative as usual!!

  9. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 2:21 pm


    Such a happy, colorful project. Really clever too.

  10. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 4:31 pm


    Thank you for the great video!

  11. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 5:18 pm


    Great video . I will certainly try the cupcake and scallop circle flowers..well, I am thinking I should try them all – LOL … they would be bulky for mailing but great for hand delivered flowers..

    I enjoy your weekly tutorials very much – your instructions are nice and clear. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  12. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Cindy H

    Love ,love ,loved this one!! Thank you for the video.Can’t wait to try it!

  13. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 6:34 pm


    Thanks for this great tutorial, Darlene! I love the flower made with the cupcake liners. Your instructions are always clear and precise. Love your finished tags, too.

  14. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 6:41 pm


    When I was a kid (quite some time ago) – I received a tissue paper flower kit for Christmas. Oh what fun it was! Giant zinnias, peonies & more . . . You’ve taken me back & motivated me to try my (old) hand at creating a scalloped circle carnation! Merci bien!

  15. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 6:49 pm


    What a fun tutorial!! Thank you!

  16. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Joan Garlough

    Oh thank you so much for having this tutorial for us! I’ve always wanted to try making paper flowers and now I can….. at least I can sure try. You make it look so easy. I will be working on getting this down pat very soon. Again THANK YOU!

  17. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 8:59 pm


    Thanks for the great tutorial! Did you cut the scalloped circles or just go straight to wetting them? Thanks for answering and for giving us a way to make them if we don’t have the kit!

    • wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Maureen! I didn’t cut the scallops, although that might give a nice look to it – I’ll have to try it!

  18. wrote on February 13th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Debbie B

    Like I have said so many times before……..you are a genius!!! These flowers are beautiful and you make it look so simple. Thanks for sharing:)

  19. wrote on February 14th, 2013 at 12:52 am


    Cupcake flowers look great! Thanks for showing us how it’s done – ‘unwad’?? Knew exactly what you meant!

  20. wrote on February 14th, 2013 at 7:51 pm


    I love making paper flowers and this was a really great tutorial! Thanks for sharing all your creativity! Using cupcake liners to make flowers was really awesome!

  21. wrote on February 15th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Mary H.

    Thanks so much for the lovely video. Enjoyed seeing how you created the different flowers. Loved the finishes you did on each tag also.

  22. wrote on February 16th, 2013 at 12:39 pm


    Just getting online again – what a treat to see this demo. I’ve made the flowers using the punch before, but never thought to mist them. Can’t wait to try it. Bet it will make all the difference. Thanks so much for this tip. As always, your videos are a treasure. Have a great weekend!!

  23. wrote on February 18th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Yvonne Williams

    Thanks Darlene, loved this tutorial. Will see you next Wed.

  24. wrote on February 18th, 2013 at 9:58 pm


    G’day Darlene, brilliant tutorial – and ‘unwad?!’ popping up on-screen ….. that is sooooo something I would blurt out too!!! You made me laugh with your refreshing honesty and that is a special gift. I sincerely hope you are continuing to get a kick out of your craft as much as when you first started.

  25. wrote on February 22nd, 2013 at 10:21 am


    I loved!!! So cute and so simple. Thanks.

  26. wrote on February 26th, 2013 at 11:41 am


    Once again, thanks for a Great video, Love the flowers and can’t wait to try them.

  27. wrote on May 6th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Carol-Anne C

    I’m a primary school teacher in Scotland looking to make flowers for our summer assembly. This lovely wee video has solved all my problems in one go. How refreshing it is to watch you demonstrate your art. Thank you!

  28. wrote on July 8th, 2013 at 10:57 am


    i totally enjoyed watching the tutee!! the flowers loook awesome…. pls can i know wat paper is that… is it a cardstock or paper thinner than that?

    • wrote on July 10th, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Varshitha, the paper flowers are a bit thinner than regular cardstock. If you buy cheap cardstock, it works really well. However, be careful not to get it too wet because it tends to fall apart.

  29. wrote on November 17th, 2013 at 9:01 am


    It is mean to call you names? I’d like to say you inspire me (which, of course you really do) but mostly you make me feel like I’m totally stupid. I sit here and go – she’s JUST SO talented. Why can’t I think of these things???? And I immediately go copy your stuff. So thank you VERY much. I always give credit when people like something. And I tell them to come watch you! P.S. Yeah, I go back and watch old videos over and over and over. I love them. Thank you!

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