Make a Fan Fold Flower

Make a Fan Fold Flower
This pretty fan fold flower is elegant yet easy to make. This one measures roughly 4-1/4 inches in diameter, which is the same as the width of the paper to be folded. Note that you can adjust the size of the fan fold flower; for best results, make sure that the paper is around thrice as long as it is wide (you’ll need two pieces for one flower).

fan fold flower photo

You will need:
* Sheet of pink paper, 8-1/2 x 11 (letter size)
* Black cardstock or flocked paper, enough for a 1-1/2-inch circle
* White silk flower
* Black and white button, brad, sticker or similar scrapbook embellishment
* Circle template with a 1-1/2-inch diameter
* Pencil
* Scissors or paper trimmer
* Decorative scissors
* Double-sided tape
* Craft glue

Cut the sheet of paper into halves, lengthwise. Accordion fold one piece, making each section around 5/8 of an inch wide. (You may find it easier if you first fold the piece of paper into two crosswise, and then fold it again in half, repeating until there are 16 sections. Open up the paper and accordion fold along the creases.) With the paper still folded, fold the whole thing in half to form a fan. Tape the two inner edges together with double-sided tape. You should have something that looks like a pleated half circle. Set aside.

Repeat these steps with the second piece of paper. Tape together the straight sides of the two half circles to form a whole circle.

Using the template and pencil, draw a circle on the black cardstock or flocked paper and cut it with decorative scissors. Adhere the silk flower onto the circle with a bit of craft glue, and then stick the button/brad/sticker in the center of the circle. Glue the black circle to the center of the fan fold flower and let dry.

You can now use the fan fold flower as an ornament, by punching a hole at one end and threading a ribbon through it to make a hanger. Or glue a stick at the back so you can stand it in a vase. String several fan fold flowers together to make a garland, or arrange a number of them in a circle on a cardboard base to make a wreath. You can also use it as a gift topper or as an embellishment on a photo frame. Feel free to use your imagination!

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