Friday, April 2, 2010

Paper Dogwood Blossoms

The art of Paper folding and cutting is certainly not new, I suppose that paper crafting is a real love of mine, and I want to show you how easy it is to create beautiful dogwood blossoms out of something so simple: paper.

Here are the things you'll need:

White card stock

Paper cutter


hole punch (standard)

bone folder
Distress Inks, I used:
(Old Paper, from Ranger { Hi Tim! } & Sepia, from Archival Ink)

Rubber stamp
I used a snowflake design, because that is what I had on hand,
really anything that will give you a dappled look

Pencil (with an unused eraser)

I made 3 different sizes, 2''-4'', getting the most out of a 12X12 piece of white card stock.
Tree branch (optional)
Glue gun (only if using branch)

~Fold your squares into quarters, using the bone folder to get nice and crisp folds.

~Open the square back up, and fold corner to corner, just using your hand to crease, this gives a softer look to the petals

~Fold the paper back into a square, hold the square on the diagonal, cut the "corners" off, creating a teardrop shape

~Open your paper to reveal your almost dogwood!

And then make a whole bunch

...and a whole bunch more....

When you've finally cut out as many as you want, it's time to make it look real!
Like I said, I used a snowflake stamp and just kept stamping and stamping until it looked random enough, using 'Old Paper'

Then using a standard office hole punch, clip all four petals and then ink (with sepia) it with the unused eraser
If you need more inspiration, study the actual flower...that's what I did!
Using the tree branch, I hot glued the little dogwood blossoms on randomly. I knew I was doing this for a mantle display, so I concentrated on the "front" side of the branch. If I was doing this as a center piece, I would glue them facing all directions.

I will be honest, I liked the smaller 2 and 3 inch size better, the 4'' was just a wee bit too big....but he's still purdy! :)

I glued some onto the branch but, I really liked just laying them around too!

I just loved how it turned out!! I gotta tell you, it was addicting!! Cut and fold and crease and cut and fold and crease and...........

I hope you're inspired!! Come by again soon, I hope to be ready for the mantle reveal and more on Logan's room next week!!
Have a blessed Easter! He Lives!
Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Join us Saturdays at for the weekend wrap up party!

The Girl Creative


  1. Those look AMAZING!! I am not so good at papercrafts but I might need to try this one!!

  2. Sooo pretty! This was my mom's fav flower so this post makes me smile. :)

    Your photography is amazing!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  3. Soooooo cute! Thanks for sharing! I can't get over how real they look!


  4. The simplest things often make the most impact! You're a genius to think of it! A+++

  5. So easy. So sweet. Sooooo inexpensive when you think how much it would have costs to purchase fake dogwood branches at Michaels.

    Thanks for this tutorial and Happy Easter.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  6. I really liked the look of them scattered but when I saw them on the branches it was perfect!! Very realistic looking. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Oh - they are so beautiful - you did a wonderful job!

    I'd like to invite you to come "plant your creative seed" at my blog party "Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Productions". It's a party that usually happens on Fridays but its open all this week as I'm having a give away! Come sign up!

  8. This looks so nice! I love it! And it looks so real, I bet you have people touching it and smelling it!

  9. Wow those are beautiful. Great tutorial!

  10. Thank you for the tutorial! I just love these!

  11. Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial!

  12. Those turned out so pretty and you really nailed the look of the real ones! Thanks for the how-to! Theresa

  13. Just beautiful! They look so real & I loved the tutorial! Thanks for sharing your pretty display!! :) Hope you had a Blessed Easter!

  14. What a great idea. I grew up in NC, where we had real dogwoods, but I would love to make these. We don't grow them in CA that I know of, and this is a pretty display. Thanks for the tip.

  15. I loved it! Thanks for sharing!
    I have a great interview with a savvy blogger on my blog right now with great tips on how to help your blog grow.
    Come check it out
    Also a giveaway for a Trendy Diaper Changing Pad if your interested :-)

  16. I absolutely adore Dogwoods! This is beautiful!

  17. No doubt about it. I am inspired. I think I'll be doing these tomorrow!! Great job!!

  18. These are lovely! Adding them to my idea file.

  19. these are so realistic...lovely job.

  20. Love this idea! Will be making some today!


  21. That is so cool! I've never seen anything like it before. You're so smart! It's gorgeous!

  22. Those look awesome ! Thanks for sharing!

  23. What a fabulous idea!! I featured this tutorial on my blog today, highlighting 3 dozen flower tutorials. Here is the link:

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  24. Love this! I am going to feeture this on next Friday. Have a happy New Year!

  25. I love these! Thanks for the tutorial!

  26. Absolutely Beautiful!

  27. So adorable! Thanks for the tutorial...I'll let you know if I get crafty.


Thank You for taking the time to comment! Because of the insane amount of spam comments, I had to stop anonymous comments-sorry for the inconvenience.