Fan Fold Flower

by Bonnie Szwalkiewicz

Create these darling embellishments in just a few steps.


  • 12" wide Patterned Paper
  • Decorative Edge Punch (here, Scallop Edge Punch from Stampin' Up!)
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Circle Punch


  1. Step 1

    Use a scalloped punch to add a border to a 12” strip of patterned paper.

    The finished flower will be twice as wide as your paper strip when finished, so cut the strip accordingly.

    Tip: Try experimenting with other edges, too.

  2. Step 2

    Place patterned paper on the paper trimmer.

    Here, the strip measures ¾” including the measurement of the scallops.

  3. Step 3

    Score the scalloped strip between each of the scallops.

    Fan fold at each crease.

  4. Step 4

    Join the patterned paper ends with glue or double sided tape.

    Punch or cut a small base piece of card stock to glue the flower to.

  5. Step 5

    Add glue to the punched base.

  6. Step 6

    Adhere the fan folded ring to the base, pushing flat to create a flower.

    Hold flower in place until dry.

  7. Step 7

    Fill in the center gap with a button or brad.

  8. Here, the center was filled with Tulip white glitter puffy paint. While the paint was still wet, various colored seed beads were sprinkled on.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Fan Fold Flower. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is such a good idea. I can't wait to use this for some holiday gifts.
Bobbie Woodrow  |  Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 11:54 AM
Just found this on your website and gave it a try. i'm making a Tri-fold card for my mother-in-laws birthday and this will definately add some 'zing' to the card. LOVE IT!!! grin
Kaz1211  |  Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 11:42 PM
Hi, I just saw this flower and fan folded a strip until it made a complete circle. Not knowing you used fancy edged paper, I just cut the tip of each folded edge. I then glued the end to the start and let it dry. Then I cut a circle and put glue all over it. I pushed the circle of folded paper until it was together in the center and placed it on top of the glued circle and held it until it was dry. It was only after this that I got here and saw hoe it was originally done. Kids could do it this way.
It makes dahlia like flowers, so pretty. Thanks, Barb
Barb  |  Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 9:30 PM
Thanks so much! THis is what I've been looking for!
Donna C  |  Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 1:03 PM
Do you know where I can purchase the adheisive punch sheets here in the USA? I can't find it here in Modesto, CA but I do order online within the USA. Love your tutorial and the flower samples!
Thank you,
Nancy Huntley  |  Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 11:22 AM
Great tutorial. I was trying to do myself but the video cleared up some questions and made the steps simpler.

Barb  |  Wed Feb 17, 2010 at 11:59 PM
I have only just found this tutorial but oh my! You are so very clever - and these flowers are sooh beautiful!
I'm going to post a link on my blog this week, sending people to you and to splitcoast stampers.. some wonderful creations and so much talent.
Karen  |  Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 7:58 AM
Does anybody know where I can find the grommet used in the video? I've been searching in Google using "grommet", "eyelet", etc., but I can't find any grommets similar to the one used in this flower demo. Thanks! Lyria
Lyria  |  Sat Apr 24, 2010 at 10:26 PM
This was a GREAT help to me. It made making this flower soooooo much easier. Thank you so much!!!
Tamera  |  Tue Sep 7, 2010 at 8:46 PM
Love this idea. I'm trying to do a flower with a piece of cardstock that is 3" wide, but when I try to gather my flower together, it keeps ripping apart. What am I doing wrong? I tried one at 2" and it worked perfectly.

Chantal Gionet  |  Sat Oct 2, 2010 at 7:02 PM
Can you please tell me what two sizes you used for the outer flower and for the inner flower on the very last photo on the video? Also can you tell me the name of the paper used so I don't have to search threw all my paper? Thanks so much for this video.
Barbara  |  Wed Dec 1, 2010 at 2:40 AM
Hi Barbara,

You can find instructions for the big flower and supplies used for that sample in this blog post.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Dec 1, 2010 at 3:42 AM
Thank you so much. I am going to try to make a flower.

You are a good instructor.

Annie  |  Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 8:04 AM
OMG!! I never really know how simple makin these flowers were! Great Tutorial!!
Tanyab  |  Tue Apr 12, 2011 at 3:31 PM
Beate, how easy peasy you always make it look .. and it is really.. but how much money your teaching us to save ,doing it our selfs.. love it.. thanks for all you do and have a very happy mothers day.. yours in ink anne
anne marie  |  Fri May 6, 2011 at 9:49 PM
These are lovely flowers, you make it look so easy, thanks for sharing.
Mamare  |  Mon May 9, 2011 at 4:21 AM
We need some inexpensive, but cute flowers for the tables for the wedding reception, we will be making yours and adding a magnet to the back so they can take them as favors too.

We are now searching for the "Just right paper so it is wedding bling and still okay for the frigerator too.

Thanks so much for a great tutorial.
Denise  |  Sat May 21, 2011 at 4:06 PM
wat een leuk idee.heb hem ook gemaakt en is erg leuk geworden.
groetjes Marian
marian  |  Sun May 29, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Thank you for an excellent tutorial.
Christine  |  Mon Jun 6, 2011 at 9:36 PM
Thank you for the tut.. I just finished one and it turned out awesome. Thanks again
Elizabeth  |  Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 5:42 PM

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