How To’sday | Accordion Flowers

Posted by Melodee Cloud

Tuesdays, tutorials, flowers. Does it get any better than that? I'm so excited about today's tutorial by Brettany Quinton. The accordion flowers are so hot right now and make such a perfect addition to a project. I'm even more excited that I can now make them for myself. :)

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Materials you will need:

  • 2 strips of paper -- Mine were 12"x1", but you can make them bigger or smaller, depending on how big you want your flower to be.
  • Scoring board & bone folder -- (optional, you can fold it by hand if you would like)
  • Circle of matching paper -- Mine is 1 inch, but if you change the size of your paper strips, you will need to adjust your circle accordingly.
  • Hot glue gun (I have used Aileen's Tacky Glue also, but it takes a lot longer and is a little more tricky)
  • Adhesive tape
  • Ink pad (optional)
  • Button or similar object for the middle of the flower

Step 1: Score your first paper strip every 1 inch, then turn the paper over and score again on all the half inch lines. You should have a scored line every half inch, but the lines will alternate, which direction they are scored. Repeat with second strip of paper. **Note: if you are doing a smaller flower, or want it to be thinner to fit in an album, etc, score your lines closer together (every 1/4") and the flower will not stick up as much when it is finished.**

Step 2: Fold the strips on the scored lines like an accordion. The "proper" way to fold on a scored line is to fold towards the raised line, so it ends up inside of the fold.

Step 3: Place a small strip of adhesive on one end of each strip, as shown. Adhere the two strips together, making sure they overlap one section. You should have a circle.

Step 4: Start gathering the folds together to form your flower. Pinch the center between your index finger and thumb, and gather the whole circle in. The thicker your paper is, the more tricky this step will be.

Step 5: While holding the flower in one hand, place a good sized glob of hot glue on your paper circle. Press the center of the flower into the glue, and hold it until it dries. Glue will probably come up through the center of the flower, so make sure it doesn't burn your fingers! The middle of the flower will want to spring up, so make sure to keep pressure on it until it stays on it's own. (If you are using liquid glue, it will take quite a while to dry. I like to place a heavy object like a paper punch on the flower to hold it while it dries).

Step 6: If you would like to ink your flower, grab your ink pad and ink all the raised & outer edges. Glue the button in the center of the flower using hot glue.

I have also made these flowers using decorative scissors to cut one edge of the paper strip before it is folded to give the flower a little more detail. Make sure it is the outer edge of your flower when you start gathering it into a circle. The smaller flower was made using two 10"x3/4" strips.

Have fun!

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Thank you so much Brettany for taking the time to share your tutorial with us. I know I'm excited to try it out and I'm sure you'll be seeing these flowers on some upcoming blog projects.

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Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo. Have a great day!

Topics: How To'sday, Cards, Guest Designer


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