Faux Spider Mum Blooms

Paper FLowers 11


  • Yasutomo Fold Em’ Origami Paper – Solid Colors
  • Card Stock remnants in a coordinating color
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Xacto (or similar) knife witha fresh, sharp, blade (be careful!)
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Painter’s Tape for delicate surfaces – I used 3M brand
  • Glue: type 1. I used hot glue for this project.
  • Glue: type 2. Some sort of double sided adhesive. I used a My Stix roller with permanent glue.


  1. For this project all of the  step-by-step directions are indicated below each photo

I would also like to give credit to a wonderful book that inspired me to create these cheerful faux Spider Mum blooms. It’s called “Paper Blooms”  by Jeffery Ruddell. It was published by Lark Crafts in April of 2013, and it is a delightful book filled with color and  precise, well done, step-by-step directions. Without this book I would not have been inspired to adjust Jeffery’s directions  just a bit in order to speed up the creation of these fun ,faux blooms.

Paper flowers 1

Tape a piece Yasutomo FoldEm’s solid color Origami paper to a cutting mat using painter’s tape for delicate surfaces on the top and bottom of

the paper sheet . Cover about 1/4 – 1/2 an inch on both ends with the tape. It’s important to use tape for delicate surfaces so that you will not tear the paper when you remove the tape.

Paper Flowers 2

Using a ruler and an Xacto Knife with a new, sharp, blade (or use a similar knife type. I used a Fiskar’s brand here) and a ruler

cut the paper every 1/8 of an inch. You can use larger cuts but the will result in flowers that are not as delicate.

Paper Flowers 3a

When all of the paper is cut very carefully remove the tape at the edges. Go slowly or you may tear the paper.
Paper Flowers 3b

Apply double sided adhesive ( I used MyStix permanent roller glue) along the lower edge on the paper.
Paper Flowers 4

Carefully roll the top of the paper towards the bottom, glued, edge. Line the top and bottom up and glue them togetherPaper FLowers 5bPaper Flowers 5

Roll the paper around something round -like the handle of a large paint brush handle which I used in these photos.

Add a dab of glue at the end, I used hot glue.  Carefully and gently, slide the bloom off the handle.

Be careful to add glue only to the paper. Do not get any on the handle because it will be difficult to slide the flower off if you do!

Ask me how I know this!

Paper Flowers 6

If desired you can add a decorative ‘collar’  end to the end of the flower by cutting a 1/2 inch piece of piece of

cardstock in a coordinating color and gluing it to the base of the flower.Paper Flowers 7

Cut a 1/2  wide X the width-of- your-flower-long piece of scrap cardstock and roll it around your finger or other tool (like the handle of the paintbrush).

Gently unroll it and insert it into the end of the flower. This provides a support for the floral wire which is inserted into the middle -as shown above.

Carefully support the flower with your other hand so that the ‘flower’ is not crushed on a table ,

and insert a length of floral wire into the middle of the flower and the paper insert.  Completely fill with glue.

As I mentioned I found that hot glue was the easiest for this step.

Allow the glue to cool and set. I let floral hang on a “third hand” tool  to dry completely after it had set up enough to keep the wire firmly in place.

Paper Flowers 8 leaves


If desired you can also make some leaf forms. I cut the leaf shape and then sliced them in the same manner

as I did the flowers, using a cut every 1/8 of an inch. If you choose to make leaves,

ensure that you leave a tail on the bottom so that you can attach them  to the wire with floral tape.Paper FLowers 9 floral tape

Begin to wrap the bottom of the flower with floral tape and then continuing winding the tape along the length of your floral wire.

For more substance or support you can add a second layer of tape. If you have made leaves, add them to the wire as well  as you wind.Paper Flowers 10 finished bouquest

Voila! A cheerful bouquest of faux spider mums will add a spot of color on a grey, or sunny, day!Paper Flowers 14

Paper Flowers 13

Purrfectly Paper Doll

cat paperdoll

October brings out the kid in me. I love the falling leaves, the cooler weather, and all things Halloween. I can’t wait to decorate with tacky Halloween decorations, buy mounds of candy for the neighborhood children, and help my own children create their costumes. In my excitement for the season, I decided to create a black cat paper doll set including some festive Halloween costumes.

Supplies I Used:

Step 1: With the pencil, draw a paper doll body on the cardstock. I chose to make a cat. Just for fun, I created a calico cat who is wearing a black cat suit. Go over the pencil drawing with the permanent black marker.

cat drawing

Step 2: Paint any large black areas with the ultra black ink.

cat painted with ink

Step 3: Paint color details with the watercolor paints and use the metallic pens for any accents. I used the silver pen to make the zipper on the black cat suit.

cat with painted face

Step 4: Place the deli paper over the paper doll and use a pencil to create clothing items that will fit the paper doll body. Move the deli paper off the cat drawing and use the black permanent marker to trace over the pencil lines. Use Nori paste to adhere the deli paper to cardstock. Once dry, cut the pattern pieces.

cat costume pattern pieces

Step 5: Trace the patterns onto decorative origami papers and cut.

Step 6: Use Nori paste to adhere the origami papers to cardstock. Outline each piece with the black permanent marker. Remember to add tabs to the pieces so that you can attach them to the paper doll. Cut the pieces. Add accents with metallic gel pens.

go-go suit

Step 7: To create fairy wings, paint deli paper with metallic watercolors. Add sparkle with metallic gel pens. Cut two wing shapes. Glue or machine stitch the wing shapes to the wing piece. To create straps, cut small strips and glue them to the top and bottom of the wing piece.

Step 8: To create a fairy tu-tu, paint two rectangular pieces of deli paper with metallic watercolors. Add dots with the metallic gel pen. Match the long edges of the rectangles and baste a single stitch across the top. Carefully pull the threads to gather the paper. Use Nori paste to glue the tu-tu to the body suit.

metallic painted pieces

fairy suit

Step 9: For a fancy mermaid tail, paint a sheet of deli paper with metallic watercolors. Cut a small strip of the deli paper (about 6″ x 1/2″). Accordion-fold the strip and cut a fish scale shape. When you unfold the strip, you will have a row of fish scales. Continue making these fish scale rows, as you’ll need quite a few to fill up the tail! Layer the scales onto the tail using Nori paste.

gold deli paper


Step 10: Carefully cut the paper doll.

cat in cat suit

Step 11: Enjoy your new paper doll set!


cat a go go

Cat Fairy:


And my favorite… Mercat!

cat mermaid

You can use paper dolls in so many unique ways. Create fun displays in frames, arrange them on your mantel, or use them in a garland by hanging the pieces onto twine using tiny clothespins. Once you get started, you’ll discover your own way to play!

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