I was totally suprised these flowers were made from paper!

These paper flower ideas for spring are inspired by the projects in our book Paper to Petal, 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand. For the Sweet Paul spring issue we crafted flowers inspired by the welcome signs of seasonal changes; birds eggs, pastel candy, and spring flowers like dogwood, forsythia, and multilayered tulips

Robin’s Eggs

Shades of blue single-ply crepe are speckled with copper brown paint to mimic the lovely eggs of spring. The flower center is a paper-covered spun-cotton egg shape and a playful tangle of shred-paper “nest” is attached at the base of the flower. The early spring bare branch stems are simply short lengths of floral wire joined together and covered in floral tape. A single bloom at each place setting at a dinner party makes a memorable take-home favor.

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Robins Eggs Paper Flowers from Thuss and Farrell Robins Eggs Paper Flowers from Thuss and Farrell (1813 KB)

Windflower Wreath & Windflower Details

By varying the painting techniques on the individual double-sided crepe paper petals, we created an assorted and complementary collection of flowers. Wired together into an open wreath with a suspended note makes for a charming handmade Mother’s Day gift. These flowers also look beautiful wired together as a garland or clustered in a vase.

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Fringy Forsythia

Fringing scissors make quick work of these small blossoms. We used a tonal range of yellow papers with a mix of tissue paper, single-ply crepe paper, and florist/Italian crepe paper to create natural color variations and texture. A small bundle makes a sweet gift, and larger groupings make dramatic table arrangements.

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Forsythia Paper FLowers from Thuss and Farrell Forsythia Paper FLowers from Thuss and Farrell (2210 KB)

Dotted Dogwood

Paper flower branches are lovely at springtime or any time of year. For the petals, we used two shades of pink and mauve single-ply crepe paper and painted dots in rows with a striping brush. The centers are made from fringed folded florist/Italian crepe and we used our fingers to brush on a bit of contrasting paint. For variation, you could add leaves, or make the branches as sparse or dense as desired. I like to mimic nature by following how the flowers might grow on the branch, but I also like mixing it up a bit by attaching the flowers anywhere along the branches that looks pretty.

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Dogwood Paper Flowers from Thuss and Farrell Dogwood Paper Flowers from Thuss and Farrell (2233 KB)

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