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Valentine’s Day is a bright spot of cheer in the middle of wintry February. What a great time to craft a homemade Valentine’s Day gift.  

This paper flower project is easy and inexpensive. Best of all, you can use the flowers in so many different ways. Ready to get started? Let’s go! 

supplies needed:

· paper (thicker paper works well) 

· scissors 

· pencil 

· hot glue  

what to do:

  1. Cut out a paper square approximately 6″ x 6″ in size. The size doesn’t need to be exact. Using a pencil, draw a large circle inside the paper square. If you like, you can trace around something like a small bowl. Cut out the circle. 
  2. Using your pencil, draw a spiral inside the paper circle. The spiral can be between ¼” and ½” thick. Then take your scissors and cut along the spiral line. When you’re at the center, make a small, straight cut, only about “.  Here’s another option. Try drawing a wavy spiral to give your paper flowers a different look.
  3. This step is the trickiest. Have your hot glue ready.  Starting with the outer end, roll up your paper spiral tightly toward you. Keep going all the way to the center. Try to keep it tightly coiled.  When you’re done coiling, go ahead and allow the flower to loosen a bit. Add hot glue to the remaining end flap. Press it down to your work surface for a few seconds, helping the center make contact with the glue.  All done. Hooray, you’ve made your first flower! Now that you’ve got the hang of this, it’s time to make more. You can even make them bigger or smaller. It’s up to you. Just start with a bigger or smaller piece of paper.

Now here’s the fun part — brainstorming what to do with all your beautiful handmade flowers. Here are some ideas. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand. 

· Attach them to a Valentine’s Day card or gift for a personalized touch. 

· Fill a bowl with your paper flowers and use it as a table centerpiece. 

· Add a pipe cleaner stem to each flower and place them in a vase. 

· Attach one to a barrette or hair band for a pretty hair ornament. 

· Have any magnets handy? Try attaching a flower to a magnet to decorate your fridge. 

· Add them to a pin board for some floral fun. 

Valentine’s Day comes and goes, and so do real flowers, but these paper flowers can be enjoyed all year long. 

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