I know I say "amazing" a lot, but this really is the Amazing Seven Flower Pop Up!
It's not hard to make. Really, truly. But it takes some time. Impressive results!
There's a video showing how to make this beast, but it's annoyingly speeded up. And after it finishes a menu of videos comes up, and most of the time there are some offensive ones in the mix. Eeeuw. So I suggest watching just the beginning of the video to learn a really clever way to cut out a perfect 8 petaled flower. Then following the assembly sequence here. Unless, of course, you secretly want to watch those nasty videos!
You will need seven flowers, 8 petals each.
Cut away and discard one petal section from each flower.
Imagine the petals numbered 1-7. Align and glue petal #1 on top of petal #7
Each flower will be a little cup. Fold each flower flat. Be sure you fold between the petals, not down the center of the petals.
Arrange flattened flowers as shown. Apply glue to flowers as indicated by white spots. You can use glue dots or liquid glue. I used both--the glue dots held everything together while the liquid glue set up.
Stack pieces 2 and 3 on top of piece 1, lining up edges.
Glue piece 4 onto stack.
Now pieces 5 and 6, just like 2 and 3.
Piece 7 is last.
Here's the real one. I have a little scallop on each petal.
Put a book on the flower stack and allow it to dry. It will fall apart if you try to open it too soon. Not that I would know.
Here's how the flowers look when you pull the stack open.
Fold a piece of card stock in half. Lay the flower stack in the crease of the card. Dab glue on the flower as shown. Close the card and flip it over, then open it and glue the other side of the flower to the other side of the card.
(This one is glued on each scallop of the center flower.)
There's an easier, three flower version, too.
I made this one for Easter.
Beautiful colors from Miles Thomas.
Here's one made by Totty Teabag
This one is from Melody
Some great variations from genescrapper
Here's an eye popping one by Debbie.
I like how arinstamps substituted foliage for some of the flowers!
A seven flower pop up for Chinese New Year by Azlina
Cynthia Emerlye used an all-white version in her pop up book. (If you enjoy paper cutting and kirigami, you'll love her site.)
Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.