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Accordion Folded Paper Flower Decorations

Crafting paper flowers is easy and make for a lovely addition to the decor of any celebration.


12 X 12 inch patterned paper
2-sided tape
hot glue
scraps of coordinating paper
buttons, stickers, embellishments
1/8 X 12 inch wooden dowels


For each flower cut patterned paper into two 12 inch strips--width can be 2 inches; 1 3/4 inches wide; or 1 1/2 inches wide. Tape the two lengths of paper together to form one long, 24 inch strip.

Accordian-fold the strip at 1/2 inch intervals. This is easy to do with a scoring tool or the scoring groove in your paper cutter. Bring the two ends together and secure with double sided tape.

Press the folded piece flat and hold together with one hand.

Apply hot glue to a paper circle and press the circle to the back of the medallion. Hold down to allow the glue to set and keep the medallion together.

For the flower stem, apply a little hot glue to one of the pleats on the back side of the flower and insert a wooden dowel. Hold firmly until glue sets.

Display in a vase like you would flowers!


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