Pleated Flower with Button
January 9th, 2012 by Craftylocks


These pretty flowers are great for decorating lots of different things. They are of course great attached to a drinking straw and made into a gorgeous bouquet but you can also pop them onto greeting cards, wrapped gifts or attach to a twig.

Gather up some pretty paper like the one we made using crepe paper as a dye, a button, a pipe cleaner cut in half and a glue stick.

Fold the sheet of paper into a concertina.

Fold the length of concertina’d paper and cut the ends off on an angle. Push a length of pipe-cleaner through two holes in the button.

Wrap the pipe cleaner around the center of the folded paper. Twist to secure.

Using the glue stick, join the sides together to make a circle. If you find that the concertina is flattening out too much, cut the length of paper shorter.

Use the excess pipe-cleaner to secure the flower on to what you want.

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4 Responses  
Craftylocks writes:
February 4th, 2012 at 12:22 am

Sometimes it is hard to explain what to do – but just try it with some scrap paper and as you follow the steps and the photos, hopefully it all becomes clear – and becomes a flower. If it is still too confusing, let me know and I will see if I can change the explanation.

Craftylocks writes:
February 4th, 2012 at 12:20 am

You know my craftiness so well:-), you are right – I love it, and have added it to my list of craft to make – thanks so much for finding it!!

dawnie writes:
January 12th, 2012 at 6:43 pm


i think u will think this is a very cool craft

dawnie writes:
January 12th, 2012 at 7:45 am

love it – making paper flowers is tops on my list – never used a button – looks promising – plus you had me right up to “glue the sides together to make a circle” – can one still fluff it out – hmmmm guess I will have to give it a go – thanks for the idea and inspiration

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