Craft pretty paper flowers

Craft pretty paper flowers


Posted 13th Apr 2017


They look remarkably similar to natural flowers, yet these delicate blooms are actually made of doilies, crêpe paper and tissue paper

For the templates for each project please click here.

Read the full feature from p.80 of the May 2017 issue of LandLove.

Perfect poppy posy

With its radiant blooms of white, pink and magenta, this bouquet creates a bright yet delicate effect 

You will need: 

Green florist’s wire (30cm long), cotton balls (approx. 1cm diameter), green crêpe florist’s tape, craft wire, tissue paper in different colours, a pair of scissors

Here's how to make your own: 

To make the inner part of the flower, place a cotton ball onto the end of a length of florist’s wire. Cut out the yellow tissue paper (cut one 8 x 8cm square and one 10 x 10cm square). Wrap the smaller square around the cotton ball, then fold the larger one in half and make 3cm cuts along it close together. Now wrap this around the cotton ball and secure with craft wire. Download and print the Poppy template (see link above). Use the template to cut out six magenta petals and arrange them around the inner part of the flower. Secure with craft wire. You can make the stem prettier by wrapping crêpe tape around the join and the wire. Now gently crumple up the petals with your hand so that they look like fresh flowers. 

 

Ring o' roses 

Soft pastel colours set the tone for this elegant creation 

You will need: 

White coffee filters (size 4), bright green crêpe paper, craft wire, watercolours, paintbrushes, a plate, a wreath base made from wire, or twigs bound together (diameter: approx. 40cm)

Here's how to make your own: 

Wrap the crêpe paper around the wreath base. To make the flowers, download and print the Ring O'Roses template (see link above). Use the template to cut out petals of different sizes from the coffee filters (use at least three layers). Roll up a 30cm-long strip of crêpe paper lengthways and fold it in half. This will form the stem and the inner part of the flower. Now position the petals around the stem, starting with the smallest, and secure them in place with craft wire. You can create the delicate blend of pastel shades by putting a little water on a plate and mixing in some watercolour paint. Now dip the heads of the flowers briefly into the water. Use a soft, very damp brush to pick up a little more paint and dab this onto the tips of the petals. You can create a beautiful effect by using two colours for each flower. Secure the flowers to the wreath with craft wire.

 

Single stem rosebuds

Whether displayed in a vase or used as a place card, these elegant little flowers are truly eye-catching 

You will need: 

Pink and green card, a pencil, a pair of scissors, florist’s wire (approx. 30cm long) and some glue

Here's how to make your own: 

Download and print the Rosebud template (see link above). Copy it onto the card and then cut along the lines to make a spiral. Now roll this up, starting from the outside and working towards the centre. If you are going to display them in a vase, the little roses will need a stem. To make this, bend one end of the wire round so that you can wedge it into the middle of the flower. To make the leaves, cut out pieces of green card using the template. Apply some glue to the join and then attach to the wire. To make a floral place card, cut a piece of green card into a leaf shape using the template, fold it once lengthways, and label it with your guest’s name. Glue a rose  on top to finish. 

 

Card corsages

The best thing about these colourful flowers is their paper-wrapped wire stems. These can be wound around packages, among other things, and they keep their shape

You will need: 

Coloured card, a pencil, a pair of scissors, glue and paper-wrapped wire

Here's how to make your own: 

Download and print the Card Corsage template (see link above). To make the flower, lay three or more flower shapes in different sizes on top of one another. Trace the shape onto the card and cut it out. Measure to find the centre and mark it with a pencil. Cut into the card on one side, stopping at the pencil mark (see the small photo). To make the stamen in the centre of the flowers, take a strip of card and cut into it at regular intervals to a depth of 1cm. Then wrap this around the top end of the paper wrapped wire and fix in place with glue. Now push the smallest flowers onto the wire and glue the two petals either side of the cut on top of one another, so that the shape now has five petals instead of six. Do the same with the larger flowers.

 

Tropical flower garland

String together flowers of various sizes and colours to make a garland 

You will need: 

Coloured paper, a pencil, a pair of scissors, and paper-wrapped wire 

Here’s how to make your own: 

Download and print the Tropical Flower Garland (see link above). Trace the different templates onto coloured paper and cut these out. The longer you want the garland to be, the more flowers you will need. Punch small holes into the centre of the flowers and thread them onto the wire.

 

 

Floral breeze catcher

These delicate blooms dance about in the breeze

You will need: 

Tissue paper, a pencil, a pair of scissors, white pearl cotton thread, a large needle, small beads (optional)

Here’s how to make your own: 

Download and print the Floral Breeze Catcher template (see link above). The flower template is the same as for the tropical flower garland. Trace this onto tissue paper and cut out. Thread your needle with the pearl cotton and push this carefully through the middle of the flower. String one or more flowers onto the thread and then tie a knot so that they cannot slip down. Do the same with the rest of the flowers. Hang up your breeze catcher (on a tree, for example). We recommend weighing down the ends of the threads with small beads to stop them tangling when the flowers blow in the breeze.

 





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