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How to Make Paper Flowers

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Want to make a floral bouquet that'll last for months?  Making paper flowers is inexpensive and simple, whether you work with a kit from Martha Stewart Crafts or follow these directions to do it yourself with materials you already have at home.  Check out how Morning Living engineer Steve Gonzalez and Living Today engineer Chris Hauselt fared with their blossoms on Whole Living's special Mother's Day edition of "Crafting with Dudes" to get inspired.

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The dudes, Chris (left) and Steve, proudly display their finished flowers. Want to make this craft?

1 The dudes, Chris (left) and Steve, proudly display their finished flowers. Want to make this craft?

We used this great Martha Stewart Crafts kit, but you can also assemble your own set of materials.

2 We used this great Martha Stewart Crafts kit, but you can also assemble your own set of materials.

At minimum, you need scissors, crepe or tissue paper, wire, and floral tape. Leaves for the stem and pearl balls for the center of the blossoms make nice touches as well.

3 At minimum, you need scissors, crepe or tissue paper, wire, and floral tape. Leaves for the stem and pearl balls for the center of the blossoms make nice touches as well.

Men at work!

4 Men at work!

This flower is made with a stack of paper cut into the shape of an 8, with wire twisted in the middle to form a stem.  The center ball, already on a wire, gets twisted on and then petals get fanned out.

5 This flower is made with a stack of paper cut into the shape of an 8, with wire twisted in the middle to form a stem. The center ball, already on a wire, gets twisted on and then petals get fanned out.

Chris made a bubble petal flower by shaping small sheets of tissue paper over a ball, then twisting the petals together onto a wire stem.

6 Chris made a bubble petal flower by shaping small sheets of tissue paper over a ball, then twisting the petals together onto a wire stem.

The stems get wrapped with floral tape to make them nice and smooth.  You can also twist the leaves onto the stem at this stage.

7 The stems get wrapped with floral tape to make them nice and smooth. You can also twist the leaves onto the stem at this stage.

More "Crafting with Dudes:"

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Quick and Simple Apple Printing
Crafting with Dudes: Valentine Edition

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