Hello, Creative Friends! I hope you have your crafty pants on because, for today’s craft DIY, I am going to show you how you can print and create this One of a Kind 2D cheerful paper flower bouquet, yourself! I had a great time making it, and I hope you do too! <3
Using the Whimsical Flower Clip Art, I created for the Move Forward Printable Collage sheets; I sized them again, this time for a whimsical, boho inspired paper flower bouquet. Also added in some petals and decorative borders; now, they are ready for YOU to print and assemble this fun, paper flower arrangement with me and gift to a one of a kind friend, grandma, mom or your child’s favourite teacher!
There are Step-by-step instructions available below, as well as all the printable downloads you need to create the full bouquet!
CREATE YOUR OWN 2D WHIMSICAL PRINTABLE FLOWER BOUQUET
Estimated Cost: Under $5
Time to Complete: An Hour+
Occasion: Mother’s Day, Friendship Day, Get Well
Note: Minus my cutting time I put this together in under an hour, even with emptying the can of green beans into another container, but It may take you more than an hour if you add optional creative touches like glitter, use a glue that has a longer dry time, run into any issues with printing or if you don’t have spring-loaded scissors! *ouch to hand cramps, LOL
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THE PRINTABLE PAPER FLOWER BOUQUET:
- Flowers Printable File
- Color Printer
- TIN CAN – any vessel to hold the flowers.
- Wooden Skewers – paper straws would also work.
- 5×11 White Card Stock
- Hot Glue Gun + Sticks
- Tacky Craft Glue
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Silhouette Cutting Machine
- Crayola Model magic -clay from the dollar store works too!
- A paper or plastic straw, anything to make a small hole.
ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTION QUICK REFERENCE
ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PRINTABLE FLOWER BOUQUET | STEP BY STEP
- Send people here direct to this blog post to DOWNLOAD! http://www.Inspirationalzest.com/whimsical-paper-flower-bouquet
- Create your unique version of this flower bouquet or other papercraft using the images and share your inspired photo on social media. Make sure to tag #inspirationalzest or @inspirationalzest so I can see!!
- Use these files to make as many flower bouquets or crafts as you like for your personal use, home, gifting etc.
- Create a craft using MY printables and share a link to Inspirationalzest to get the files for themselves.
- Credit the original artist, it will help me grow my business and continue providing free high-quality value art for my creatively inspired visitors!
YOU MAY NOT: (PLEASE)
- Distribute (email, file drop, download link, etc.) this printable art.
- Claim these images as you own.
- Make a profit from the use of these files without a commercial license.
If you wish to use these images commercially, even for non-profit, on your blog etc., contact me FIRST. Even “free” for personal use, Carrie Stephens Art retains all rights to the usage.
Download THE FREE IMAGE PDF
In case you haven’t yet downloaded the easy to print PDF, here is the link!
Once you download the PDF, you will find it within the chosen folder (downloads) on your hard drive, open it up and send it to your printer.
PRINT ON CARD STOCK
Now that you have your PDF sent to the print screen
Make sure you have selected the right print settings for the paper you have chosen and the quality you would like.
My preference for card stock is the matte photo paper setting + high quality, but for my first test, I printed them on medium quality, and it looks GOOD, just a little less vibrant.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY PRINTER WON”T PRINT ON CARD STOCK
Have no fear! Some printers have issues with the feed mechanism that feeds in the thicker paper stock. I used to have a printer like that SO, I have a solution.
Print on regular paper, maybe a matte photo paper or a matte brochure paper and use a glue stick or even spray adhesive to stick your printed paper image onto a more rigid backing paper.
Use what you have, that is the beauty of crafting, my friend!
*optional From within the multi-page PDF, you can choose not to print the links and credit page from the print screen by selecting the page numbers you want to print, and if you have a different container, other than a can, you don’t have to print the borders!
I include that credit page to protect my artwork from getting distributed wildly around the internet without anyone knowing MY terms of using it. 😉 There is not a better way to protect the rights of someone’s digital creations; unfortunately, some people take advantage of that. I hope you don’t mind taking the extra step, not to print it! Thanks for understanding. <3
COLLECT YOUR CRAFTING SUPPLIES
Before I start any craft project, I like to know that I have all of the supplies or even the substitutions for the ‘recommended items’ so it doesn’t end up in my half-finished project graveyard. Yeah, I’m not afraid to admit that is a thing.
See the supplies list above to make sure you have everything you need!
CUT OUT YOUR IMAGES
The cutting out is going to take up a good bit of time. Even though cut out your images is self-explanatory, here are some TIPS to make it easier:
HAVE A GOOD PAIR OF SCISSORS
Spring Loaded scissors are a good investment if you plan on cutting a lot I the near future. They aren’t necessary but helpful You can still create the project without them though, you may need to take breaks between cutting.
USE A PAPER TRIMMER OR CRAFT KNIFE FIRST
If you have a big paper trimmer handy use it! Otherwise, just a ruler and a craft knife! Trimming everything up first makes cutting much quicker for the long straight cuts. Also, slice the edges off, so you are left with less extra paper to move around.
PREPARE IN ADVANCE
If you have everything printed out in advance, you can do what I like to do, trim all of the excess paper off the edges and make the long straight cuts at your crafting spot, then when it is evening, take it with you to watch TV!
USE PRINT AND CUT WITH YOUR CRICUT OR SILHOUETTE CUTTING MACHINE!
If you know how to use the print and cut feature in your software, you can use your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machines to cut out these printable designs
The silhouette or Cricut software will find the solid outer back line and trace around it.
MAKE YOUR TIN CAN VASE
Here is where you have an option, you don’t have to make a tin can vase and glue the borders to the can. You can indeed use a different container! You can even use a glass vase that you paint up pretty, it just needs to be a vessel to hold your floral arrangement, take creative license here if you want!
To make my ‘vase’ I used a tin can of green beans! Once it’s empty, wash & dry!
I don’t think you don’t want your flowers to smell like whatever was in the recycled tin can, but if you do, go for it! LOL Mmmm Beefaroni scented flowers?
>>>> GLUE THE PAPER STRIPS TO THE TIN CAN
So, here is where you use the paper strips sheet!
Wrap the paper strips around the can in any way you want. As long as it is a small tin can, the strips will fit. If not, improvise or print two copies of that printable page….
For mine, I also added a couple pieces of ribbon and lace to give it a more tactile, hand-made feel. It’s optional! You could also add some glitter glue or some gemstones to give it a more BOHEMIAN whimsical look!
NOTE: After putting all my flowers together, I had to take some time to revisit my can vase. Something was needed to hold the wooden skewers in the places that i wanted them to sit, this is an optional step, you could also use rice in the bottom of your can. See what i did next….
I CAME UP WITH A SOLUTION!
To me, coming up with solutions when something doesn’t work out like I envision is the best part of crafting.
So, it turns out, all of those years watching Martha Stewart when I was younger, finally paid off! The images of martha using floral frogs for her floral arrangements popped in my brain.
I could make a ‘floral frog’ to position my flowers!
I grabbed the Crayola Model Magic -but you could easily substitute any air dry clay here
I rolled out the clay with the rolling pin I picked up from the second-hand store and cut the clay to the size of the can. Model magic shrinks a little when it dries.
Punch as many holes as you can fit within .25 inches from the edge of the clay circle with a paper or plastic straw, use the wooden skewer to widen the holes a bit before it dries.
And there you have it, a little floral frog disk using Crayola model magic! 😉 Insert this disk into the can and hot glue it to the sides.
The final is not pictured here because well, I am new at this tutorial thing and that is one image that I forgot to take. You can see it in the images of the finished bouquet if you really look though!
PUTTING TOGETHER THE FLOWERS
When I first started my bouquet, I thought I needed to double the paper on both the front and the back of the skewer and that was just not needed, after the first couple flowers, i just proceeded with SINGLE SIDED flowers and leaves.
The process is straight forward for the flowers, you can take creative license when applying the paper flowers, and leaves to the skewers! .
You can choose to use the individual petals page or leave them off completely, you can space them out however you like! I really think they brought more life to the flowers!
I tried to afix the petals with hot glue first but found that tacky craft glue was a better option to position the petals.
You can indeed glue the butterfly to a skewer, but optionally if you have some thin craft wire or pipe cleaner, twist it around a pencil to make it curl, then hot glue the butterfly to the wire or pipe cleaner!
ASSEMBLING THE BOUQUET
Now is time to put everything together and arrange it in the can!
You could have been doing this as you went, just to make sure of the placement of the leaves, but you will be able to finagle it around until it fits no matter how you do it!
THAT'S IT, YOU HAVE ASSEMBLED THIS WHIMSICAL FLORAL BOUQUET!
NOW TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK?
I would enjoy hearing your feedback here in the comments section, or you can send me a message.
This is my VERY first step by step craft tutorial, and I am left hanging after I put it out there in the world, wondering if it is too wordy, not direct enough etc.
Did you find the quick reference index helpful?
Yes, Everyone’s opinions are going to be different, but if you made it, or even if you passed on it, I would appreciate hearing what you have to say so I can get an idea of how this craft worked out for you!
IDEAS TO GIVE THIS PAPER FLOWER BOUQUET A PURPOSE
Some wonderful things about this paper flower bouquet: Once assembled, it will provide cheer for a long time, since these flowers don’t die.
This arrangement won’t give the receiver any issues regarding smells either as they are sent free! Lastly, because they are so whimsical, they are as original as the person you will gift them to!
- A secret porch drop to a friend.
- A surprise for someone in a scent-free hospital or care-home!
- Involve the kids by making this a craft everyone can do together! Everyone can make a flower bouquet to give to a friend or, you can collaborate on a single one.
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I’m thankful you stopped by & hope to see you around again soon!
Carrie Stephens <3