Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Masking Paper Flower Tutorial

I went to a Women's Retreat put on by my church a couple weeks ago and was blessed to teach a breakout session with my friend Erica, who happens to be the pastors wife.

We taught the ladies how to make 5 different types of flowers
and one of them was made from masking paper.

Yep, masking paper!
It is the same color as craft paper, but is much thinner.

You can purchase masking paper at most hardware stores.
Home Depot has a roll of 180 feet for just a couple dollars.

I just love the texture, don't you?
If you would like to learn how to make these, then keep reading!

The masking paper comes on a roll and is 11 1/2 inches tall,
so I used my paper cutter to cut it into squares.

For each flower you will need:
4 or 5 sheets of masking paper
Wire and wire cutters
A stick

Take your papers and crumple them up.
Total stress reliever here, so go at it!

Flatten them all out...yummy texture!

I folded each square in half twice and then ripped the edges to make it into a circle.

Stack the papers.

Place your finger in the center,
then bunch up the papers around it until it looks like a cone.

Snip of the tip with scissors.

Push the stick through the center of the papers where you cut the hole.

Hold the bottom of the flower tight against the stick.

Take the wire and wrap it tightly around the bottom of the flower.

I love the organic feel and the texture.
There are lots of options when making this flower.
Here are a couple more ways to make them:

Cut the paper in scallop patterns and stagger them in a pile.

I think this one is my favorite! I love the petals.

Leave it square and stagger the papers.

I like the sharpness and the shape of this one.

So what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

I am linking up with the blogs in my linky party tab.


Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...


Carri K said...

Stopping by from Momnivore's Dilemma. When I saw your link picture my first thought was, "oh love the texture and the natural-ism of this." The tutorial was great too! I may just have to try these out. I don't have a favorite yet...they are all great. But I bet once I make a few I will probably find my bias. ;)

jls said...

I love this!!! Do they have masking paper in colors? Was thinking of trying to use this idea for an upcoming baby shower im helping with!! Our color Scheme is Bright bol pinks....Def gonna try this out!! Thanks for sharing with us!

Unknown said...

So, at first I thought this said masking TAPE and not masking PAPER. Still pretty awesome! :) Is a craft store the best place to buy masking paper or is it cheaper at another place, like an office supply store? I've never heard of it but this looks like my kind of fun :)

Jami Nato said...

this is super how they are pretty but rustic. must try this!

Jessa said...

How creative. I love how these look in your vignettes. So fun!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Lovely -- I too have never heard of masking PAPER. Where would you find it?

Jill said...

really a cute idea and your directions are so easy to follow! thanks!
~Jill from 'Just dream, Jelly Bean!'

emilysnan said...

hiya amy , what a grea tutorial , thanks so much i love making flowers and love finding new ways and tricks for making them , i am visiting from fingerprints on the fridge and am your newest follower , hope you will stop by mine for a peek and maybe follow me too

Alison Agnew said...

gorgeous and so these flowers...come over and share at fridays unfolded @


stuff and nonsense

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

These flowers are SO AWESOME! AND, they won't wither and die-hee hee. I may have to try this myself, the natural color and fun texture will look great in my bedroom.


Lindsey said...

Love the masking paper idea! Thanks for stopping by and linking, have a wonderful weekend!

Jan said...

Great flowers. Got to make some. Thanks for the tutorial.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Amy-I like the first one best (circles) but they are are really great!
super tute!

AllieMakes! said...

Great job! And I have to say, my Aunt said, "Those are the most fantastic! You must look at that post ASAP!" And I have to agree!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

The Decorating Diaries said...

I always love to learn a new way to make flowers. I really like the masking paper. I never would have thought to use it.


Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

Really fun...I've been making paper flowers like crazy this spring...may have to try yours too :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Megan Gunyan said...

Those ARE awesome! I love the texture as well. I'd make them all! ;)
I'm having a jewelry giveaway right now, if you'd like to join!

Red Couch Recipes said...

I agree with you -- they just seem earth and basic! Joni

Tammy said...

I think I actually like the square one....very cute! Your newest follower...hope you can visit me sometime soon.

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...


I could totally see these on display at Anthro...

The texture is awesome...

Thanks for linking up at Creative Juice. Hope to see you back this week...

Unknown said...

Hi Amy!

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Thanks again for linking up. These are awesome!


Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

These are so pretty, Amy. And big! I think I like the first one the best.

Unknown said...

So so pretty!Thanks for sharing, Amy!

The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."
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