Hi Guys, it’s Robert.  So with the winter
holidays behind us, I know it feels like spring cannot get here soon enough. So I thought
for today’s DIY we would get a jump start on Mother Nature and make some flowers.  But
not just any flowers—giant paper flowers.  So let’s get started. 
I love this project because the primary material is simple, inexpensive, colorful construction
paper.  So the first thing we will need to do is to create a template for our petals,
and the way we will do that is by taking a piece of card stock, tracing a bowl, or a
small plate to create the upper rounded portion of the petal, and then take a ruler to create
the sides, tapering it slightly at the bottom.   For each flower, you are going to want to repeat
the shape in three different sizes. The next thing we will need to do is to trace
and cut out our petals.  But to prevent you from having  to cut out each one individually,
we are going to stack two to three sheets together at a time, trace the template on
the top one, clip the stack together, and then cut it out.  The clips will prevent
the paper from shifting around while you cut.  For the flower I’m creating today, we are going
to need five large petals, three medium, and three small.  Once your petals are completely
cut out, stack them according to size, and then we are going to cut a slit in the center
of the tapered bottom.  This is going to allow us to create petals that are three dimensional.  Begin
with the largest petals, and if you take the paper on either side of the cut, and gently
overlap it, you will see that the petal begins to sit up.  Now the large petals create
the exterior of the flower, and we want them to be fairly open, so we are just going to
overlap them gently and then staple them in place.  Go ahead and do this for all five
of the large petals. Next we will move on to the medium size.  We
want these to stand up a little bit taller, so overlap the two sides of that cut a little
bit more and staple those in place.  And then for the smallest size, we want these
to stand up the tallest of all, so overlap those two sides even more and then staple
them together.  Now we are going to begin to construct the flower and we’ll move back
to the large size petals.  We are going to connect these by gluing them at the base,
overlapping each one slightly.  I’m going to be using hot glue, because it dries quickly
and will speed up construction.  Once all of the large petals are connected at the base,
you will see we have formed a little bit of a cup shape.   Next move on to the medium
size, apply glue on the underside, press it down into the interior of the cup shape, and
overlap each one slightly to create our second ring of petals.  And then for the smallest
size, do the same thing: apply glue on the underside, place them down into the center,
overlapping each one slightly. Finally, we are ready to create the center
or the stamen of the flower and the way we are going to do this is by taking a sheet
of paper, cutting it in half lengthwise, and then taking each of those pieces and folding
them in half lengthwise.  Next we will take a pair of scissors and create a series of
cuts down the entire length of the fold.  You can use a regular pair of scissors or what
you see I am using here is actually a multi-blade scissors just to speed up construction.  When
you’re finish cutting, open up those sheets, and fold them in the opposite direction.  This
is going to create a little bit more dimension.  Staple them at one end, and then begin wrapping them
around the top of a pencil.  When you have coiled it all the way around, seal it in with
a little bit of hot glue, and then attach the second piece of cut paper, wrapping that
all the way around and again finishing it with a little bit of hot glue.  Take the
stamen, flip it upside down, apply a generous amount of glue and then press it down into
the center of your flower. It looks pretty good at this point, but we
want to finish it off with some foliage.  To do this, take a sheet of paper, fold it in
half lengthwise and cut out half of a tear drop shape.  To add a little bit of extra
dimension, we are going to fold this accordion style, but doing it at an angle.  Fold it
all the way up the leaf, and then when you open it up, you will see it has created some
great ridges.  Apply a little bit of glue and adhere it to the underside of the flower.
I love these flowers because they sit flat, making them perfect for party decorations.  They
are fantastic as centerpieces or on your mantle.  Or if you have some temporary adhesive you can
even mount them on your wall.  I do hope you will give this project a try, experiment
with some different colors and petal shapes.  And I hope they add a little brightness and cheer
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Thank you so much for watching, and join me next time for another great DIY project.