We always welcome any project requests or suggestions from our members. You are a huge part of our creative process, plus you tend to have brilliant ideas. Exhibit A: flowing paper wisteria vines!
Wisteria is so beautiful, but it can take a while to grow and bloom outdoors. So by crafting your own wisteria plant, you can enjoy these pretty purple blooms much faster. Plus it will last forever! Thanks to PaperPapers, this is a free flower pattern you can download. And we’re sharing the full tutorial below.
Wisteria is a gorgeous flowering plant that grows in an intriguingly soft purple shade, so of course we loved the idea of making a tutorial when one of our readers suggested it. It may seem a bit daunting at first because wisteria has so many little petals (a cutting machine will definitely come in handy for this one), but the process is simple and the result is stunning. We teamed up with our friends at PaperPapers to use the best paper possible in bringing these pretty flowers to life!
- Low-Temperature Hot Glue Gun
- 1/16″ Hole Punch
- Text Weight Frosted Paper — Lilac, Violet Satin, Fairway, and Botanic
- 20-Gauge Floral Wire (3 pieces)
- Art Marker — Light Orange
- Yes! Paste
How to Make a Paper Wisteria Plant
- Gather the tools and materials listed above. Then download the flower pattern at the end of this post.
- Cut the petals according to the SVG or PDF template, using your cutting machine or scissors.
- Punch a hole in the middle of each petal. Then color a fan shape on one side of the lilac-colored petals.
- Using the edge of your scissors, curl all of the petals in the same direction; curl the lilac-colored petals on the side that was not colored.
- Using a small paintbrush, put a dab of Yes! Paste in the center of the lilac petals on the side that is colored. Glue the violet petal in the corresponding size to the lilac petal so they curl away from each other.
- Place a small dot of hot glue on the end of the wire and slide a small violet petal facing down on top of the glue dot to hold it in place. Repeat this 6 times, spacing them about a 1/2″ apart.
- Glue four small flowers onto the wire with violet petals facing down and spacing them about a 1/2″ apart.
- Next, glue four more medium-sized flowers onto the wire, increasing the spacing to 3/4″ apart.
- Glue the last four largest flowers onto the wire, spacing them 1″ apart.
- Using the hot glue gun, glue a wire down the center stem of the leaves.
- Use the edge of the scissors to score along the score marks and curl the leaves.
Head over to PaperPapers blog to follow along with our photo tutorial for this paper wisteria!
We have both an SVG and PDF version of the template, so you can make these wisteria vines with a cutting machine or cutting by hand. Next, gather your papers. Unlike other paper flower projects, we used Yes! Paste for gluing the petals together because it dries much more quickly than other glues.
Once you start adding the flower to the wire, you will want to switch over to hot glue. When stringing the flowers to the wire, we recommend adding the dot of glue under the flower so that it is hidden. After you finish your paper wisteria vines, you can make a bouquet, turn them into a potted plant, or hang individual strands as beautiful decor!
Whether you’re planning on making these paper wisteria flowers specifically, or this project is inspiring you to make paper flowers in general, be sure to check out both our frosted paper flower tutorials and crepe paper flower tutorials! Wisteria would be especially beautiful for soft wedding decor, or you can find all of our wedding paper flowers here.
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