Accordion Flower Halloween Banner

I just went to a fun Ladie’s Night sponsored by a local craft shop and they showed us how to make these fun accordion folded paper flowers: Aren’t they cute?! And guess what? They are easy to make, too! Here’s how:

Materials to make one circle flower:

* two 2×12 strips of identical scrapbook paper
* two 2 inch circles of coordinating paper
* hot glue

* clear tape
1. Start by scoring lines into the 2×12 strips. (Scoring is basically using a tool to make really sharp creases or folds in paper instead of just folding it by hand.) I spaced my scoring lines (creases) every 1/2 inch using a scoring blade that came with my paper cutter.

2. Tape the strips together into a big circle, like this:
3. Now comes the magic part…squeeze one edge of the paper together in the middle and it will pop the other edge out so that the whole thing lays flat:
Step 4: Hot glue a circle onto both the front and back to hold the pleats flat and in place.

Step 5: Embellish! I punched holes into two sides of mine and strung them onto a ribbon to make a banner. The possibilities are endless with this project. They would be adorable hung on a Christmas tree or in Fall colors or hanging in a baby’s nursery or to spell out a child’s name or as a Happy Birthday banner.

You can make them bigger or smaller too. If you make them bigger, just cut the strips to the width you want (ex: 4×12), but remember you will need three or four strips taped into the circle in order for it to fold right.

Happy Crafting!

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