Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fan-Fold Flower Tutorial

Hi everyone!

I was asked how I make my fan-fold flowers and so I thought I'd do a tutorial to show you how I do it.

Start w/ a 1" x 12" strip of patterned paper:
 On your scoreboard, score your paper at 1/2" intervals:
 Once you've  scored your entire strip, begin to fan-fold it:
 It should look like this once you're done folding it:
 With a strong adhesive(I usually use my ATG gun or hot glue), glue the ends together and hold until it sticks. You can do this by holding it or use a binder clip so you can do something else while you wait.
 This next part is tricky and hard to really show on camera. It might take you a few tries to get it to go, but you basically need to get your flower to collapse in.So you kind of hold the outside edges and get the folds to come together and push in the center to get it collapse together. Once you've got collapsed, I usually put a little hot glue on the back in the center to get it to stay while I grab the next step:
 Now I usually use a circle but today I just cut out a quick, fast square of cardstock and glued it to the back of the flower. This makes it more sturdy and also easier to glue to your project.
 Then on the front, you can add whatever embellishment you want. Buttons, a cute brooch, or I decided to do a butterfly today.
Now I don't have any pictures of this, but you can also make your flower bigger by going up a bit. A little increase to the 1" part goes a long way!! You'll see what I mean once you make them.

Any questions about this tutorial, just leave me a comment here and I will respond also in the comment section back to you.

Thanks for looking!


  1. Thanks for this great folding technique.

    1. You're welcome and thanks for looking Desire!!

  2. That's what I did wrong!! I don't have a scoreboard! Guess that'll be added to my 'wish list'.

    1. I suppose it could be done w/o the scoreboard. However, when I first learned to make these, I also tried w/o the scoreboard and completely botched it up!! If you live near a Hobby Lobby you can bring your 40% coupon in and use it on that to get a good price on it!!:)

  3. Beautiful creation! Thanks for the instructions!