Mixed Media | 22 August 2016How to Make a Paper Sunflower Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Sunflowers just scream summer. They have an uncanny ability brighten up any landscape or table. Make your own paper sunflowers that will last throughout the cold months with these simple instructions from The Art of Paper Flowers. Sunflowers are native to the Americas. One of the world’s fastest growing plants, they can grow 10″ to 12″ (25.4 to cm) in height in a single day. The sunflower gets its botanical name Helianthus from the Greek words helios, meaning “sun” and anthos, meaning “flower.” Sunflowers are so named because they turn their heads to follow the sun across the sky. These paper versions will need a little help with that. MATERIALS yellow paper green paper light brown paper card stock stem wire (18 gauge) thin wire (32 gauge) brown felt yellow craft sand floral tape glue Trace the Sunflower patterns on pages 171 and 172, and cut out the designated number of pieces for each pattern. INSTRUCTIONS Crease the petals of the sunflower pieces and sunflower #1 calyx as shown. Fold each leaf in half and fan-fold it on the diagonal (see page 16). Glue the sunflower #2 calyx into a cup shape as shown. Glue a thin wire along the back spine of each leaf, leaving 3″ (7.6 cm) of wire extending off the bottom. Make a small loop in the stem wire, and glue it to the back of the card stock. Glue the felt stamen to the front of the card stock, and fold back the edges to the back of the card stock, gluing them in place. Mix glue into a tablespoon of yellow craft sand until it creates a thick paste. Stipple this mixture onto the brown felt. Let dry. Slip one petal piece onto the stem and slide it up, pressing it against the back of the stamen. Use a dab of glue to hold it in place. Repeat for the second and third petal pieces and then the light brown calyx piece. Slip the locking disk onto the stem, pushing it up to hold all the pattern pieces tightly together, then apply a dab of glue to keep it in place. Slip the calyx cup onto the stem and slide it up to cover the locking disk, and glue it in place. Wrap the stem with floral tape, stretching and slightly overlapping the tape as you go, and inserting leaves as you make your way down the stem. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Fill your home with paper flowers! They’re easy to make, lovely to look at, and best of all–they’ll never wilt! Paper is pretty much the least expensive craft material you’ll find. It’s also one of the most versatile. With a pile of colored sheets, a pair of scissors, and The Art of Paper Flowers, you can create gorgeous bouquets to give away or keep for yourself. For anyone who’s an avid home crafter or future home-decor online vendor, this book will get your creative juices flowering, err, flowing. The Art of Paper Flowers makes it easy for anyone to create beautiful roses, orchids, tulips, and more–completely out of paper. There are thirty-five flowers included in the book, and each pattern is accompanied by a complete list of materials required, step-by-step instructions for creating the flower, original paper-folding techniques from the author, full-size patterns, and color photos for reference. Additionally throughout the book, there are interesting bits of trivia, myths, or folklore for each delicate flower. The book also includes a foreword by Rosie O’Donnell. All the basic information is here in The Art of Paper Flowers for readers to make their own impressive paper flower bouquets. From mastering the skill of paper manipulation to achieving seamless gluing and coloring practices, you’ll make flowers look incredibly realistic. Whether you’re creating gifts, decorations for an event, or home decor, The Art of Paper Flowers will have you arranging stunning flowers in no time! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.