Paint Chip Orchids

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Lately I’ve been really getting into making paper crafts, particularly flowers, and I have to say I am obsessed with these paint chip orchids. I’ve made countless of these for a color trend display at work as way to show complementary colors to Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. They make cute little decorations to pin on a cork board or attach to any kind of frame. You could even glue them onto a clip and wear them in your hair! Let me show you how…


Here’s what you’ll need: cutting mat, X-acto knife, a hot glue gun, paint chips (in any color you want!) and template pieces (download here).

Step 1: Trace the cut out template pieces onto the back of the paint chips. Since the paint chips are small you’ll need to use more than one chip for one layer of petals.
Step 2: Carefully cut out the shapes with an X-acto knife, for smooth lines try and cut with fluid strokes.
Step 3: Use your fingers to gently squeeze the petals to give some depth and curl.
Step 4: Hot glue the separate petals together to create the layers.
Step 5: Put a drop of hot glue on the first layer (3 petals) and place the next layer (2 petals) on top, as shown below.
Step 6: Hot glue the central piece with the pointed edges facing the rest of the petals.
Step 7: Hot glue the leaf piece behind the petals then squeeze the petals to give your completed piece a little more life.

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