Paper Flower Centers
1. Using an 8.5×11 sheet of card stock fold vertically down the center. And cut the paper in half. Precede to fold each of these 2 pieces in half again before moving on to step 2.
2. Using regular or fringe scissors cut slits all the way down each folded piece. Pro tip Or cut at a diagonal angle to establish a slightly different look.
3. Once you have cut the whole way down, open the piece up and fold it the opposite way inside out. This will help with keeping a fluffier looking pompom. Glue together the non fringed sides.
4. Begin rolling your first piece up just like rolling a cinnamon roll! Add on the second piece and finish rolling so that both pieces have been rolled to form one pompom.
Whenever you want to make a larger pompom just keep adding and rolling more fringed pieces. The sky in the limit with the size of your pompom!
I also made a swirl pompom technique video you can watch here!
To create the center you will need to make a basic pompom like we just learned.
The only exception with this pompom is you want to leave a little hallow hole.
You will need to flatten the pompom down a lot and the fringed pieces standing up need to be fold outward and down.
Gluing in the flattened pompom like this now gives you a base for which to glue the monogram or shape of your choosing to the center of the flower.
These no doubt take some patience to create but they are really very simple to design. You will need a 1-2 inch foam ball cut in half, sticky back rhinestones or pearl embellishments, string ribbon pearls or rhinestone ribbons work great as well, plus a glue gun. Above is my poppy center design with a jewel center.
Start by gluing one larger pearl or rhinestone in the
center. Then add a circle of smaller ones around.
Using string pearl or rhinestone ribbon, wrap the rest of the half foam ball. You can also continue by gluing more jewels or pearls around if you aren’t using the string like I am here.
Keep going till the whole foam ball is covered. Watch the video tutorial here.
Using a thin wood dowel or your fingers, start at the outer most end and begin rolling tightly inward.
After you get two or three rolls in add a bit of glue to ensure the center of the rosette remains tight.
Continue rolling until you reach the end. Keep it nice and tight as you roll to the end.
Once you have rolled the entire rosette you are going to want to let the bud loosen a bit before gluing down.
Keep you fingers on the rosette but allow the flower to unroll natural just a bit.
Glue the rosette to the base to hold its position. This technique works with any style of rosettes.
Watch the video here!
Small Flower Centers: Mum Flower Example
Small flower designs work very well as the centers of their big flower counterparts. Any small flower can work. I’m going to show you just one example below.
Using a thin wood dowel or any other similar shaped item for rolling. Curl all your edge of the mum petals inward.
To get the mum petals to stand up more, use your molding mat and rolling tool to roll the centers of each mum petal.
Start layering the petals. Each petal should be curled just a bit tighter then the one before.
Keep going so that 4 of the 6 mum cuts have been curled and stacked as shown.
After layering 4 of the 6 mum petals together, layer the last 2 separately so you can get a good deep curl. Use you fingers to push the mum petals so the bud is practically closed. Then add in the last stacked petals into the center and glue the whole mum flower into the Giselle (or any design) giant flower.
I hope you enjoyed these 5 giant flower center variation options! There are truly infinite ways to build a paper flower. Do you have other ideas or something you want me to try? Let me know in the comments!
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