Do you remember back in April when I made the really big pink door flower from paper Creative Twist? I said that I wanted to make another version – and it’s time for the Big Paper Twist Door Flower Take Two – Sunflower! I love sunflowers in early autumn and love this big over-the-top flower on my door! Since it’s made of paper, you’ll want to make sure this gigantic flower is on a door that’s protected from the elements – so I’ll be moving this to the inside of my door. It’s nice to have something on both sides of our front door, so we see something fun when we’re leaving for the day and coming home.
Almost all of the supplies and directions for the sunflower are exactly the same as the April flower, and you can find the directions here. You can even use the same template – just alter it to cut the petals to a point at both the top and the bottom. The big difference is the center! I wanted something to mimic the interesting center of a sunflower and I think that the coiled, chenille stems really do the trick! They add nice texture and dimension to the flower.
The additions to the supply list are:
- Paper twist – I used dark yellow for the longest back petals and light yellow for the center and front rows
- One piece of brown craft foam, 12” x 19”
- 3 packs of 25-count brown chenille stems
- Low-tem hot glue gun and glue sticks
The first row has 24 petals and should look like this.
The second row has 23 petals.
The final row has 24 petals – I put in a couple of extra petals for fullness. One all three rows of petals are done, the flower will look like this!
Now to make our center! Take one chenille stem and roll it into a tight coil. I used 75 brown chenille coils for the center – you can make this super-fast, though!
We want our center to extend beyond the edge of the Styrofoam disk, so that the bottoms of the petals will be covered. I traced a circle using a dinner plate onto the brown craft foam, cut it out and pasted it onto the foam. This gives us a good place to glue the chenille coils. Starting at the edge of the brown foam circle, glue the chenille coils around the foam, letting them extend a bit off the edge of the foam. Just keep gluing, pressing them as tightly together as possible. It’s ok if there is a little gap between coils, because the brown foam totally camouflages any gaps! Here’s how the coils look after gluing two rows.
Make a hanger for the back out of heavy gauge floral wire; dip the wire in glue and push it into the foam. Once it’s dry, you are ready to hang your big happy flower!
What do you think? I’m loving my big paper sunflower! Now I have great flower for my door in the spring and the fall. It’s a fun change from a wreath and I like the blend of sunshine and autumn. Make a big paper sunflower for your door or wall – it’s a guaranteed smile every morning!
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