How to Make a Spiky Kraft Paper Flower
Do you remember the korker/corkscrew hair bow trend that was popular many years ago? I was searching the Internet last week, looking for inspiration and came upon this neat little craft.
The hair bows looked so cute. I then wondered if it were possible to get those great little corkscrew curls out of paper. I watched some YouTube video tutorials, learned how to get that fantastic curl using paper instead of ribbons. Voila! It is possible, and I will show you how.
I have a bunch of paper craft projects in mind incorporating this technique and can’t wait to feature them in future posts.
My first project is a beautiful spiky paper flower made from Kraft Paper card stock. Although the spiky kraft paper flower looks complicated, it is effortless to make. It does take a lot of time, so some patience is necessary, but the results are beautiful.
- Brown kraft paper card stock
- Paper cutter
- 3/16 inch wood dowels (Packages can be found in the Walmart craft department. Longer dowels required for the stems can be bought at your local hardware store)
- Wooden clothespins (I found some in the craft section at Walmart)
- Low-temperature hot glue sticks and a hot glue gun
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Baking tray
- 1.5 inch Styrofoam balls
- To make a spiky kraft paper flower you will need approximately two and one-half sheets of 8.5 x 11 Kraft card stock.
- Cut the paper lengthwise into 3/8’s inch strips. It doesn’t have to be precisely 3/8’s inch but try to get the strips as close to that width as you can. After cutting 2.5 sheets into strips start wrapping the dowels.
- You will need 3/16 inch dowels and wooden clothespins to make the curl.
- Starting at the top of the dowel wrap a strip of paper at an angle around the dowel. Secure the top and bottom of the dowel with clothespins.
- Spray the paper dowels liberally with a water mist.
- Place the paper covered dowels on a baking tray, and bake in a preheated oven (225 degrees) for about 10 minutes.
- Let the dowels cool, remove the clothespins, and then gently remove the paper curls.
- Cut the paper curls into 2.5-inch sections. Cut one end of the section horizontally and cut the top at an angle.
- Push the dowel into the Styrofoam ball about .5 inch. Remove the dowel, place some hot glue on the top of the dowel and place into the Styrofoam ball once again.Start gluing the paper curls starting from the bottom and work your way up to the top. The paper curls may wobble around at first, so just hold them securely for a couple of seconds until the glue starts to cool down.
- Cover the entire ball with paper curls until you can no longer see the white styrofoam ball.
- Admire your beautiful Spiky kraft paper flower!