Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tutorial: Fan fold flowers by Sandi!

Hi everyone....Sandi here from Slightly Off Center with a tutorial on fan fold flowers (also called rosettes).  You will need a scoring board (this is not absolutely necessary but sure makes it easier), strips of pattern paper, a good strong glue (I like Tombow's Mono adhesive), a scrap of paper (I am using about a 3/4" circle here) and whatever embellishment you want to top your fan fold flower with.

I started with a one inch wide by 8.5 inches long strip of paper and I scored it every 1/4". You can also use a 12" long strip of paper but you would want to score it every 1/2".

Then I accordian folded it.  If you do not have a scoring board you can just fold it yourself...just try to keep the folded sections a uniform width.

Then I glue the ends together with my Tombow Mono adhesive and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

After the ends are fully adhered to each other you push the circle down until it is laying flat. I glue a scrap of paper (in this case a circle I cut from scrap) on the back side.  This helps hold the flower in shape and also helps provide a good surface when you will glue your fan fold to your project.

Then I flip it over and embellish it.

The beauty of fan folds is that they can be embellished any way and with most anything you want.  Here are some fan folds I did for current TPV challenge--I used chipboard elements from the Bella Blvd  Christmas Wishes collection:

On this flower I used my Fiskars Threading Water border punch on my strip of paper before scoring it:

I hope I have challenged you to try to experiment and make your own fan fold flowers .....what kind of variations will you come up with?


  1. Brilliant project, I can just see these on my Scrapbook pages with matching bunting!.

    A few weeks ago I bought a pack of these, there were 6 of them in it and two were not very nice! They were £4, so now I never need to buy them again. Thank you girls. Debbiex

  2. Beautiful fan fold flowers! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Thank you for this excellent tutorial! Love Penny Scrap-holic@blogspot.com

  4. Fabulous tutorial! I always thought the paper had to be 12" long. I just learnt something new! Look out.. I'm going to make a bunch of these, lol

  5. Thank you for your instructions on how to make the flower, but I can not get mine to push down with out ripping down the side. Do you have any idea what I'm doing wrong?


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