≡ Menu

how to make a daisy chain from paper

Paper Daisy Chain

Seeing all of the flowers springing up has me dreaming of warm picnics and long, flowy daisy chains.  Have you ever made a daisy chain?  They are so simple and lovely that I decided I couldn’t wait for the daisies to start popping up.  This simple paper craft simulates the nature craft I grew up with, but with paper (which means it will last longer and won’t wilt!).

Daisy Chain Tutorial

supplies for making paper daisy chainWhat you’ll need to make your paper daisy chain:

  • White paper daisy petals (I used this paper punch but I have some resources below if you don’t want to use a punch)

  • Yellow circles – I didn’t have yellow paper in the shade that I wanted so I created my own. You can use my yellow paper if you’d like. (I also used a 3/4″ circle paper punch)

  • Green paper cut into 6″ x 1/4″ strips

  • Scissors

  • Craft knife

  • Glue

 

How to make your daisy chainStep 1: Stack two daisy petal cutouts and rotate them so that they are not stacked directly on top of one another. Then use your craft knife to cut a slit in the center of the petal, being sure to cut through both layers at the same time.

Step 2: Fold your green paper strip in half.

how to make your daisy chainStep 3: Carefully insert the cut edge of the green strip through the slit that you made. You should have about 1/4″ of the green paper coming through the top of the flower.

Step 4: Fold the green paper back onto the petals as shown in the image above, and glue into place.

How to make your daisy chainStep 5: Glue yellow dot on top of the flower petals so that they completely cover the green paper, and pull some of the petals forward so that the flower isn’t quite so flat anymore.

Step 6: Using your craft knife, carefully cut two slits towards the bottom of the “stem” so that they form an X (on subsequent stems you will want to hold off on this step until you are ready to push the next flower through). Be very careful not to get too close to the edges of the paper, but you need the slits to be long enough to accommodate the 1/4″ stems.

how to make your daisy chainStep 7:  At this point you need to go ahead and make another flower.  Insert the stem of the new flower into the slits you cut in the first stem.

Step 8: Pull the flower through the stem of the first all the way up to back of the petals.

how to make a daisy chainStep 9: Continue adding daisies until you reach your desired length.  My Step 9 image shows how the back of the chain should look.

Step 10:  When your chain is long enough, you can close it by simply sliding the first daisy through the loop of the stem of the last (note: you won’t need to cut slits in the stem of the last daisy).

Daisy Chain Necklace

Now you have a completed daisy chain that you can wear as a necklace!  You should make your chain long enough to slide on and off over your head so you don’t have to fuss with trying open and close the necklace while you’re wearing it (I know this from personal experience here, haha!)

how to make a daisy chain necklace

Daisy Chain Crown

Another really fun way to wear your daisy chain is as a crown. My girls instantly wanted to place it atop their heads and it looks so sweet this way.  A smaller chain works best for this purpose.

how to make a daisy chain crown

Daisy Chain Template (and other resources)

Ok, so this paper craft looks way too fun and you want to get started right away, but you don’t have paper punches or the right colored paper.  I hear you!  I have put together some templates and printable papers for you to use if you want to break out the scissors and cut your way to a perfectly lovely paper daisy chain.

Enjoy the freebies for your personal use and happy crafting!

*This post is linked up at Tatertots and Jello

{ 6 comments }

paint chip candy box tutorial

Paint Chip Candy Box

It’s easy to see why simple hardware store paint chips are a favorite among crafters.  They’re vibrant, come in any color you need, and incredibly versatile.  Today, we’re going to show you a simple paper craft that you can make using paint chips.  The samples shown are from Home Depot.  The Behr paint chips are wonderful for making boxes because of they’re nice and big. Plus, they’re shaped very nicely for boxes, being a wide rectangle as opposed to some of the more narrow ones.

How to Make a Paint Chip Candy Box

paint chip box tutorialFor the top of the box:

Step 1: Use your bone folder and a ruler (or scoring board) to score lines 1 inch from the sides as shown.

Step 2: Cut four slits following the lines on the sides only.  Fold all of the sides inward toward the back of the paint chip.

paint chip box tutorial

Step 3: Fold top and bottom toward the back of the paint chip so that you have a little flap (see photo above).  You will need to add glue to each of the flaps.

Step 4: Bring sides up to flaps and hold until the glue sets and sides are stable.

paint chip box tutorial

For the bottom of the box:

Step 5: Repeat the steps above with a new paint chip, but this time you need to go just slightly past the 1 inch mark when marking your lines.  This will make the bottom slightly smaller than the top so that they fit together nicely.

Finishing up

Now you can add some tissue paper and some delicious candies to gift to your favorite people.  These boxes make up really quickly so you’ll be able to make lots!

paint chip candy box tutorial

 

*This post is linked up at Tatertots and Jello

{ 3 comments }

Palm Sunday is this weekend and we’ve created a simple paper craft scene of Jesus riding a donkey to help remind us about the day and teach our kids about this special time leading up to Easter.

Palm Sunday paper craft of Jesus, donkey, and palms | From www.paperloving.com

To make the scene, start by printing and cutting out the templates.  Jesus and the donkey will be folded down the middle (tip: the use of a bone folder will help keep your folds neat and tidy). The donkey’s head should be glued together, but the body should open up.

Palm Sunday paper craft donkey - Free Printable from www.paperloving.com

Fold the tab on the side of the children scene towards the back and glue this to the back of the building scene. You will also need to use a craft knife to cut little slits in the hands of the children to hold the palms.  To create the palms, cut the palms out of the big sheet then fold them in half.  While they are still folded, use sharp scissors to cut slits along the sides, loosely following the lines as a guide.  Unfold the palms and try to bend and shape them a little to add some realism and dimension. With only the stems folded, gently slide them into the slits you cut in the children’s hands.

Details, how to assemble Palm Sunday Paper Craft. | from www.paperloving.com

Jesus is most easily displayed standing next to the donkey.  However, with some strategic folding and a cut up the middle to separate his legs, Jesus can also ride the donkey (see below).

Palm Sunday paper craft: Jesus riding donkey with palms.  Free Printable from www.paperloving.com

 

Download the Palm Sunday Paper Craft Here

I had a lot of fun creating and playing around with this scene and the kids will love setting Jesus up with his donkey and palms. Click the “Download Now” button above to get started!

 

 

{ 0 comments }

Mardi Gras Masks

We’re having a snow day on this Fat Tuesday so what better way to spend the day than by coloring some Mardi Gras masks!

I prefer to print these out on some good heavy paper and hot glue them to a wooden dowel or long Popsicle stick.  But, if you prefer you can use a hole punch to cut holes on each side and tie on an elastic string to hold on to your head.

Free Printable

mardi gras mask coloring printable

{ 0 comments }