Making your own flowers is a great way of save money on your scrapbooking projects. In this video ER makes beautiful flowers out of brown paper bags – we don’t get these with our groceries in Australia, but lunch bags or brown paper on a roll works just as well. You can also click on the link to see flower making hints.

You will need:

  • brown paper
  • something to draw a circle e.g. teacup, jar lid
  • scallop scissors
  • distress ink (ER used Vintage Photo but any colour would work)
  • acrylic paint (ER used magenta)
  • glimmer spray (you can use home made)
  • slower drying glue


  • trace out 5 circles, cut out with the scallop scissors (you can free hand the scallop if you don’t have scissors or use a die if you have one) and crumple them
  • flatten them out again and rub over with your distress ink
  • rub your distress ink pad on your craft mat and spray with glimmer spray until the ink forms droplets of colour
  • then wipe your brown paper petals through the puddle on your craft mat
  • next place a small amount of paint on your craft mat and using a brush or finger add colour to your brown paper petals
  • spray petals with your glimmer spray and then dry
  • using your glue, start layering the petals to form your flower
  • using your 2 thumbs and pointer fingers, sqwish or pinch the centre together. This will make some of the petals smaller and give your flower shape.
  • Play around with the flower, crumpling and uncrumpling them until you are happy with the shape and put aside to dry.
  • You can then add bling or a vintage button to the center to finish the flower

Hint – drying your flower with a heat gun will stiffen up the flower petals so they will hold their shape better. This technique works well where the paper has been sprayed e.g. glimmer spray or water

This is a great flower and can be altered to go with any layout or card by using different distress inks, glimmer sprays and paints. Haven’t satisfied your flower making fix?? You click on the link below to take you to more flower making tutorials.


K xoxo

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