Friday, February 4, 2011

Spiral Paper Flowers Magnets Tutorial

My sister in law is getting married this summer, and I thought it would be cool if she had some of these paper flowers on the guestbook table, either in a cluster or in a bowl or on a plate.  I made these with random scraps of paper I had lying around- I dont love the colors together but they worked for practice.  There are a lot of sites out there with great tutorials on how to make them, but here's the quick and dirty version:

**If you sell or post any items made from this pattern, please include a link back to my site.  (EX- "This item was made from a pattern on Stargazun Designs" ) Thanks!!**

1. Cut a square of paper. The size doesn't matter- a bigger square will make a bigger (wider) flower.  I trim the edges so they are rounded.
2. Cut a swirl pattern into the square, leaving about a 1/2 - 3/4 inch in the middle.  The width of the swirl is the height of the flower.  If you like, cut a wave design into the outer edge of the swirl to give the flower a different look. 
3.  Starting at the end (the edge of the 'square'), twist the swirl into a flower.  I glue the swirl to itself (one rotation around) at the beginning to keep the end together and at the end to the circle that was left in the middle.
These flowers all started as either 3x3 or 4x4 squares.  After making them and gluing them down, I attached a magnet to the back- just for something to do with them.

After making them, I think I preferred the paper that was dyed all the way through, so there wasn't a white line on the edge (the orange flower has the white line), though most of the interesting designs of scrapbook paper arent on paper that is dyed all the way through.

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