This spring we introduced a new paper flower kit to celebrate one of our all-time favorite blooms, the sunflower. At Paper Source, from the moment we decide on a kit concept, we begin the rounds of brainstorming, sampling and prototyping that make up the creative process. After investigating different varieties of sunflowers (there are more than 50 species), and bringing in lots of fresh ones to examine in person, we decided on a look and began creating initial models.
Our biggest and most interesting challenge by far was finding a way to recreate the unique texture of the center of a sunflower– using paper of course! Take a look at this photo– who’d have thought that a bunch of round, flat paper stickers could represent that rich, velvety part of the flower? It took some trial and error (no stranger to our kit designers) but we finally found a way, and one that’s easy to replicate on your own. Just one example of how beautifully paper can imitate the art of nature!
P.S. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the giant paper sunflowers currently in our store windows. If you’re up for a challenge and want to make the oversize blooms yourself, we recommend getting acquainted with our sunflower kit, and then simply expanding the scale to a size you like.
You’ll need the following materials to make giant sunflowers:
Paper Sunflower Kit for getting started
26″ x 20″ Text Weight Paper in Curry, Moss for the petals and leaves
26″ x 20″ Cover Weight Paper and 4″ Round Labels in Chocolate for the flower center
Wooden dowels from a hardware store and floral tape from the sunflower kit for the stem
Adhesive of your choice — tape, PVA or a gluestick