Paper Flower Decor – Silhouette America Blog

Paper Flower Decor

 

Cherry blossoms by Kelly W_hi res

 

Whether it feels like springtime where you are or not, here is a simple way to make it look like spring has arrived in your home. These simple, paper cherry blossoms added to some bare branches in a bottle are sure to add a little springtime cheer.

 

Let me share how to make this project. Here are the materials I used:

  • Substantial bottle or vase (mine is a half-gallon rootbeer jug that had the company’s logo etched all over, so I covered it with some pink tulle)
  • A few skinny branches
  • Light-colored paper for the blossoms
  • Dark-colored paper for the centers
  • Green paper for the leaves
  • Red rhinestones (20ss)
  • Rhinestone setter
  • Stencil material
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pink ink pad and applicator (mine is a makeup sponge)
  • Water bottle with fine-spray nozzle
  • 3D cherry blossom design

To make my cherry blossoms look realistic, I used an ink pad to add bits of color. This cutting file comes with three parts to the flower, but I chose to add the center portion as shading with an inkpad instead of a separate cut piece.

 

To do this, I centered the star-shaped portion of the blossom design inside a 2” square in Studio and cut the square and flower center out of Silhouette stencil material. Then it was easy to use that single stencil for all 20+ blossoms.

 

Stencil flower centers

 

Next comes shaping the flowers. My secret weapon is a water bottle with a fine-mist spray. (You can find these bottles in craft stores or in the travel-section bins of other stores.) I lightly mist my flower and leaf shapes, which makes the paper soft and easy to manipulate. When the paper dries it will be back to its normal stiffness, but will hold the shape in which you place it.

 

Spray the inked blossoms, then shape them as follows:

 

Shaping the cherry blossom

 

The leaves are folded in half and then the edges curled outward. While the blossoms and leaves dry, you can use the rhinestone setter to add a rhinestone to the middle of each mini center. Then use a hot glue gun (I like low-temp for paper flowers) to add the centers to the blossoms.

 

At this point, place your branches in your vase or bottle and use a hot glue gun to glue the leaves and blossoms along the branches.  Try not to space them too evenly.

 

Cherry blossom decor_detail 4

 

The polka-dot paper gives it away when you look up close, but when you see the arrangement as a whole, it’s a pretty good imitation of the real thing, don’t you think?

 

Cherry blossom decor

 

Cherry blossom decor_detail 1

 

If you’ve never tried making paper flowers before, this is a fun and simple way to start! Let’s bring on spring!

 

Cherry blossom decor by Kelly Wayment_square

 

Kelly Wayment

Hi! I'm Kelly Wayment and am thrilled to continue on with Silhouette America's design team for a fifth term. I live in Utah with my husband of 18 years and our four kids ranging from second-grader to teen. I work part-time in an accounting firm, but I would always prefer to be crafting. The Silhouette machine has literally changed the course of my life as it has turned my simple hobbies into ways to push the boundaries with my creativity, along with innumerable opportunities to teach and share that joy with others.

Designs Used:

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®

Blade

CAMEO 12-inch cutting mat

Stencil Material

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20 comments

  1. So very pretty and lifelike!

    1. Thanks, Annie! They really do look real when just casually walking by.

  2. Love this, Kelly!

  3. This is STUNNING, Kelly!!

  4. Gorgeous Kelly! Simply beautiful!

  5. Nice idea to use a stencil for inking the flowers. They look great!

    1. I’m glad you liked that part, Heather. I’m pretty pleased with the result. 🙂

  6. What an amazing project Kelly! I think I need to bring some spring into my home! Thank you for the tutorial and thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome, Marilyn! Thanks for the nice comments. 🙂

  7. Such a pretty and uplifting project, I imagine lemon would be a great colour to use too for spring! Thanks for your inspiring project -certainly cheered me up!

    Paula x x x

    1. Oooh, a lemon color would be great! I’m so glad you like this project, Paula!

  8. Oh my, this is stunning! I adore cherry blossoms and can’t get over how lifelike these are. Lovely work Kelly!

    1. Thank you, Analisa! Glad you like it. 🙂 I have loved having these out on display.

  9. Looks beautiful, I just dont understand the beginning process, did you first cut the flowers with your cameo, and after they were cut you place the stencils on top to give the diferent shades? or you cut the flowers by hand after coloring them with the stencils you made?

    1. Yes, I cut the flowers first with my Cameo, then placed the stencil on top to add the shading.

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