Coax your newspaper into three-dimensional flowers to create a cute, bouncy pop-up card for someone special: mom, aunt, grandma, sister, friend, anyone! Once you’ve learned this surprisingly simple technique for making hollow flowers, you can layer or glue them next to each other to create different styles. Cut almond shapes and thin strips of newspaper for leaves and stems.
You fold a square of paper to cut all of the petals at once, much like you would make a paper snowflake, and then use a technique similar to sewing an arrow to create the flower heads. One important trick: use very small pieces of double-sided tape to tape the flowers to each other and to the card so that they can “bloom” when opened.
1. Fold the largest square in half and then in half again. Halve again diagonally.
2. Round off the open corner with scissors.
3. Unfold your paper. Cut out a petal.
4. To get the cup shape, rub the glue stick over a petal next to the cutout. Overlap the petal on the other side of the cut and press to glue it in place.
5. Use smaller squares to create additional flowers and tape them to the inside of the larger flower with a small piece of double-sided tape.
6. Fold the flower in half. Place a ¼ inch piece of double-sided tape on the back of the center petals, toward the tip of the flower. Glue the folded flower to one side of the card, on or near the center fold.
7. Then close the card and press down so that the other side is adhered to the card.
8. For a multi-flower card with leaves: Make two or more flowers according to the instructions above.
To make sheets, cut almond shapes and fold them in half. Fold the flowers in half. Line them up and stick them together with a piece of double-sided tape on the back of the center petals of the flowers. Then repeat step 6 to glue to the card.
9. Glue or glue the leaves around the flowers.