Accordion Fold Paper Flowers

I was at a local craft store yesterday and found some adorable scrapbook papers in the clearance bin. I really wanted to buy them. But heaven knows I don’t actually scrapbook anymore (my poor second and third children will have no baby books), so I had to stand there and come up with a reason to buy all this clearance paper when I have shelves full of it already. (I know, I know…true craft addict mentality right there.) Then I remembered seeing a cute wreath on Pinterest made from paper. Perfect! An excuse! I snatched up the paper and decided to post an accordion fold flower tutorial while I made enough circles for a wreath.
So from one addict to another, here’s a use for all that paper you have in your stash…


Start by cutting two 12″ x 2″ strips of paper. You can really do any size you want, but if you make the strips wider than 3 or 4 inches, you will probably need an additional strip of paper or the circle won’t work out.


The next step is to score the strips of paper. Scoring means to put a little crease in the paper, but not cut all the way through. This makes the paper fold crisply. I have an attachment for my paper cutter that scores.


Can you see the score lines? I spaced them about 1/2 inch apart.


If you get to the end and have a little extra piece, just trim it off with a pair of scissors.


Now you get to fold the paper. Start the first strip by folding up and start the second strip by folding down. This will make the next step easier.


Glue the two strips together using a glue stick. If you folded one up and one down, they should lock together and give you a seamless connection.


Glue the other end of the strips together to form a circle.


This is my favorite step… push the top end of the paper together and it will magically lay flat! Of course, as soon as you let go, it will pop up again. You’ll need to glue a piece of paper onto the back to keep it flat.


I cut a  square of cardstock and dabbed a ring of hot glue on it.


Then I pressed the square onto the back side of the flower until the glue cooled.


All done! Isn’t she beautiful?!
You can make many different variations of this flower by changing the width of the strips and the spacing of the score marks. See?
You can even cut different edges on your paper strips. Check out some of the variations I’ve made in the past HERE.
Now that you’ve learned how to make an accordion flower, what can you use them for? The possibilities are endless! I used them to decorate my daughter’s nursery wall. I made a Halloween banner. You can make itty bitty ones to use on handmade cards and scrapbook pages (if you still do that… haha). And today I used them to make a wreath for my front door…
Check out the details HERE.



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