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!

Questions and Comments

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

Love the tutorial! I didn`t have a scoreboard so I tried scoring each scallop with my papercutter scoring blade and it did O.K. I also tried using mono multi-purpose liquid glue for the adhesive and it worked great too! I just had to hold it for 30-60 seconds. I made some magnets for Christmas with wider paper strips and they turned out great too!THANKS SO MUCH for the info and great tutorial!!!
Betty  |  Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM
I really like to watch your tutorials best of all. We have similiar design likes but you have a special knack of making every one of your tutorials understandable and seemingly easier to actually do. Also love your accent! Keep up the beautiful work! Much appreciation, Judy
Judy Rutherford  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Thank you so much for this tutorial!!! I've been wanting to make these flowers for forever!!!!!!!!! I'm off to practice and this the old college try.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Claggy  |  Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

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