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Paper Flowers for Banner 20 freebie  

It's time to change our very large welcome banner in the fellowship area at church to a spring/summer theme. Pastor Ken and I have been working hard (and spending a fortune) planning a very special event for April 22nd as a community outreach. We are having a night of teaching about the Passover as it reveals Jesus Christ to us. We are going to have the Passover/Seder dinner along with the teaching so that everyone can experience this amazing insight that every Christian should have. You'll never see the Lord's Supper/Communion the same!
Given that we hope to have lots of visitors, I wanted the new welcome banner to be very bright and cheerful - flowers seemed the thing for spring and summer. I didn't want to paint again. It just didn't see special enough, so I've been designing and making all manner of paper flowers - 27 different blossoms in all. My table was a mountain of lovely blossoms - so happy to look at and that's not even all of them! I thought you might like to know how to make some of them, so for 27 days I'll be posting a tutorial for one of these lovely blossoms!
This flower starts with a circle of paper. Cut six slits from the edge of the circle toward the center. Put a dot of low melt glue on the right edge corner of a section and stick the left edge corner of the section to it's right on top of it. Work your way around the circle to form the center of the flower. If you want a small center, make your slits longer toward the center. If you want a wider center, make smaller slits toward the center.
Next I used an extra long piece of construction paper to make the petals but you can use what you want. I took the handle of a wooden spoon and rolled the paper around it to soften it and get a curved result.

I cut the paper in half lengthwise. Then I measured down the lengths and cut 3" wide strips.

I rolled each strip and then at the bottom edge, I overlapped the sides in thirds. That means that I just rolled it till both the cut edges were at the opposite edge and the width of the back and each of the sides I was folding over were the same width. Glue in place.

This part was so easy and forgiving as even though I was using low melt glue, it was a breeze to pull a petal off and reposition it at any point. I simply started gluing the petals to the back of the center cup, overlapping the petals a little. When I got all the way around the cup, if a petal didn't look properly spaced I just pulled it up and glued it where I wanted it. Very forgiving. And you're done! Try varying the length of the petals for a different look.
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