First let me say this is not my idea. I discovered this (here) and she deserves the credit. However, I had just bought some baking cups and was getting ready to mess around with them. So here is my take on how to make them. This is a long post, man I need to get me a video camera to make these instructions easier.
I found these at M’s but you can find them just about anywhere. These are plain white but I also used candy cups that were foiled and they are smaller.
I also discovered after making several of these I like the flowers made with 5 layers better than the ones made with 3 layers. I’m sure this is just a matter of taste.
I only inked one side of the cups.
I also used my heat gun to help dry the watercolor paints.
I used my heat gun to dry the Mod Podge but be sure and be very careful not to get it to close or it will bubble the Mod Podge.
Now we are ready to start the flower making process. There are two folds that you will do to each of the 5 baking cups that make the layers of the flower.
First, you fold the cup in half like the top baking cup in this picture. Then you fold it in half again like the baking cup at the bottom of this picture.
You do this same process on the remaining layers. Usually on the rest of the layers I will make two additional cuts. After I make the middle cut I move over to the left and cut between the end and the middle cut and then move over to the right and cut between the right side and the middle cut. This makes the various layers of the flower have a lot of petals.
This makes each layer a different size and gives some extra dimension to the flower.
You can see after you get to this point the shimmer of the watercolor paints and the Mod Podge.
After I inked the edges I glued the layers together. I used Glossy Accents but all you need is a quick drying glue. I put a dot between each layer.
Be careful when you do this step as you open them back up. Your flower petals can get torn as you try to straighten them out. Mod Podge helps them be a litter sturdier but they still can rip.
After I straightened the petals and layers back out, I placed them on a piece of foam (you can use a mouse pad too) and took the straight end of my Cricut spatula (a pencil or pen will work also) and pressed real hard through the middle until the petals of the flowers started curling up around the spatula.
You can see it is already beginning to make a flower.
I love the way this flower came out. The picture does not do it justice.
Here are several others I made using candy cups and baking cups. The black and white flower is done with the white baking cups and I stamped on the cups before I started folding and cutting the layers.
I hope you try these baking cup flowers. The ridges in the baking cups adds a great element to the flower and you can also use your deckle scissors to give the edges a different look. Of course you can use glitter and Stickles to have that extra bling. I’ve started making these in various sizes and putting them in a glass jar, they are a beautiful decorating element and I’ll have some flowers ready when I need them.