Today we'll learn how to make the last flower, what I call the Rolled Cone Flower. As before, you'll need more of that roll of paper, scissors, and a glue gun. Tape is handy for this one, too, but not necessary.
This is what I mean by Rolled Cone Flower:
Rolled Cone Large Paper Flower Tutorial:
These are incredibly easy, and you can make them very large. This is good for two reasons. First, because the large scale is dramatic. Second, the larger your flowers are, the fewer you have to make!
First, cut your petals. They should look like slightly tapered U shapes (narrower at the top of the U). But don't knock yourself out worrying about getting it just right. Whatever you cut will be just fine. Really.
Roll each petal into a cone, and secure with tape or hot glue. Tape is faster, but the glue gun works just as well.
Arrange the cones so that they form a circle, with the points meeting in the middle. I usually used six for each flower, but it really depends on the size of your petals. Use as many as you need. Glue together using the glue gun.
Make a fringe flower center, if desired, and glue to the center of the flower.
The only other element on the backdrop were the leaves. These were insanely simple to make, and were great filler. I used a lot of leaves.
How to Make a Paper Leaf for a Paper Flower Backdrop
The instructions for these are pretty darn obvious. Cut out leaf shape. Fold in half to give some dimension. Voila, leaves!
You've done the grunt work--now let's see it all come together into a thing of beauty.
Assembling a Paper Flower Backdrop:
- your trusty glue gun
- your mountains of paper flowers
- a 4 x 8 sheet of foam insulation sheeting from your local Lowes or Home Depot
How to Hang a Paper Flower Backdrop
- The paper flower backdrop can simply be leaned against a wall for the most simple installation. That's what I did at the parties at which I've used this backdrop.
- If the event is outside, a backdrop stand is an affordable option for creating a support for a free-standing paper flower backdrop. Use packing tape to tape the back side of the paper flower backdrop to the background stand.
- If hanging the paper flower backdrop as an art piece on a wall, simply use a hammer and nail to affix the paper flower backdrop to the wall. It's so lightweight that you won't need to hang it on a stud or use wall anchors.
Paper Flower Backdrop Tutorial Part 1:
Paper Flower Backdrop Tutorial Part 2:
Or do you love this look, but just aren't a crafty person? You can buy paper flower installations (like this one you can buy here).
Or if this is going to be for a photo backdrop, you can buy a vinyl photo backdrop that just looks like a paper flower wall! (buy it here) So affordable, too!