The Pin Junkie: How to Make Paper Bluebonnets

How to Make Paper Bluebonnets

How to Make Paper Bluebonnets
How to make paper bluebonnets


Bluebonnets only grow in Texas, so if you're like me and you can't enjoy them in person, this tutorial will show you how to make paper bluebonnets.  

Bluebonnets are one of my very favorite flowers because they're such a beautiful shade of blue.  Since less than ten percent of flower species are blue and since bluebonnets only grow in Texas, they're kind of a rarity.  I just love their bright intense blue and when you get a whole bunch of bluebonnets covering a wide open field, there's just nothing else like it.  I actually convinced Mr. Pin Junkie once that we should take a vacation to Texas just to see the bluebonnets in spring!

We stayed in this cute country cottage in Fredericksburg, Texas.

guest house in Fredericksburg, Texas

And I got to see beautiful, intensely blue bluebonnets!

bluebonnets

Texas Hill Country is such a pretty area and I'd gladly go back to visit again!  While I try to convince Mr. Pin Junkie that we need to make a return trip, I continue to pin bluebonnet pictures to my bluebonnet Pinterest board which you can see here.  While perusing Pinterest, I found a tutorial for making these paper flowers.  I love pins that look complicated and turn out to be really easy.  These flowers are a perfect example.  They look difficult to make, but they're not once you know the steps. All you need is some paper, scissors, and wooden skewers.  

Here's what to do:

Cut a strip of paper 2 inches wide and 11 inches long.
Fold 1/4 inch in on one side.

Cut strips about 1/4 inch apart. 
Be sure to stop cutting at the fold line.

Roll the strips you just cut.  I did this by wrapping the strip around a wooden skewer and rolling the paper in toward the fold line.  I tried using a pencil for this step, but it was too wide.

The paper should look like this when you're all done.


Now take the edge of the paper that isn't cut and wrap the corner around the wooden skewer at a 45 degree angle.  You can use a small piece of tape to hold it in place if you need to.


Keep wrapping the paper around the wooden skewer.

How to Make Paper Bluebonnets

The tighter you wrap the paper, the fuller your flower will be.  

I used three different colors of paper: white, blue, and light blue to get the variegated colors.

I also used the same technique for the leaves, I just cut them to be pointy and didn't roll the strips as tightly.

How to Make Paper Bluebonnets


Inspired by this pin and this pin.


More paper flowers you can make:

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24 comments:

  1. Those are just adorable, I love them and they DO look super easy! I wonder why Blue Bonnets only grow in Texas... hasn't anyone ever tried to grow them somewhere with a similar climate? hmmm... :o)

    Tania

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  2. Pretty!!! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  3. Oh my goodness! My toddler and I might try that later. So so cute. And that cottage that you stayed in is beautiful.

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  4. We do not have these flowers in Western North Carolina, but they look beautiful! Love the tutorial.

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  5. Aww...such a really cute idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  6. Cute craft! I will be making those with my daughter. Thank you for the tutorial! We live in Texas and get to enjoy those beautiful flowers, but of course I tell my daughter to never pick the flowers. Now she will be able to hold them in her hands :)

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  7. Bonnie though I have seen these paper blooms before I think yours are the best...awesome tutorial too. Thank you for sharing
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    Dr Sonia
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  8. I love paper flowers, and these are gorgeous. I'll have to mark these for the next time we do a flower craft here.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Marissa

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  9. My head is going to explode if I cant make some RIGHT NOW! Love these.

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  10. Those are adorable! A little info about bluebonnets: many varieties can (and do) grow in other states, they're just called lupines. Texas has several (5 or 6) varieties of bluebonnet, all considered the state flower. The most common (found in the hill country) is Lupinus texensis. I'm a Texas nerd, lol .. and LOVE my bluebonnets :-)

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  11. Oh my goodness. These are so cute!

    By the way, I would love to have you post on my new blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home (www.myflagstaffhome.com). It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts through the weekend, if you're interested.

    Jennifer

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  12. Those are just adorable and they look so easy to make. We are going to Fredericksburg in just a few weeks, but alas it is way past bluebonnet season! I'm pinning this one!

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  13. This looks so amazing! I can't wait to try it. Pinned and tweeted! Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you, Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

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  14. I saw a pin on these this week on Pinterest! I loved the blue they used. It might be fun to use a variegated blue just to see how the flowers look. I was thinking about making these w my daycare kiddos - we may just give it a try! I wonder how hard it would be to make out of tissue? Or maybe origami paper...

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  15. These are gorgeous! I live in the Texas Hill Country, and it's such a big deal when the bluebonnets come. It means Winter is over, Spring has arrived, and we can finally breathe (metaphorically of course because Austin allergies are a nightmare.). What a lovely tribute to our state flower. I'm definitely going to make these to send to family members who have moved away from Texas. They'll love them. Pinning!

    Also, I'm here visiting from the Sundays Down Under link up :)

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  16. I have always wanted to travel to Texas just to see the bluebonnets. These are fabulous! They really look like Bluebonnets. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  17. Very pretty! I've made paper flowers before, but I've never tried this technique. They look like the real thing!

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  18. This is so pretty Bonnie! I hope you will be sharing at my Thursday Blog Hop xo

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  19. Those are adorable. While I can't take pictures in the Bluebonnets like my relations in Texas, I can make these thanks to you.

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  20. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the how-to with us at VMG's Brag About It!
    ~Laurie

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  21. Absolutely love these! Pinned. I wanted to let you know that I'm featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can't wait to see what you share with us this week. :)

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  22. Hi there! Visiting from What To Do Weekends. This is so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing! Your paper flowers are great!

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  23. These are gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial

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  24. Thanks for sharing this adorable project at Craft Frenzy Friday! You are being featured this week!

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