Hi Everybody! Alex here...those of you who've been in the shop know that I'm slightly paper flower obsessed! I've been crafting up a storm ever since we got the beautiful Paper to Petal book and amazing Crepe paper from Italy. Here's what you'll need to make your very own paper flower (adapted from Paper to Petal).
- Wire - 18 gauge stem wire
- Floral Tape - .5" wide
- Ball - 23 mm Styrofoam
- The flower's centre - 2.5" x 3"
- Petal Paper - 7" x 2.5"
- Leaf Paper - 2.5" x 3.5"
- Stamens - Wilton assorted stamens (cake decorating section at Michaels)
- Sharp scissors
- Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell
- Cut your pieces so that the grain of the crepe paper goes with the length of the petal/leaf.
- Floral tape fixes everything. It covers everything and keeps your flower together!
- The trick to floral tape is to stretch it, and to wrap it over itself. Its waxy texture is not sticky until you stretch it, and even then it often doesn't like to stick to anything other than itself, so don't be scared to use lots! It's great for holding things together and for covering any mistakes you made along the way.
- Petals/leaves can be any shape, size and length you want! Play around with it to make different types of flowers with more or less petals and leaves, but with the same basic steps.
LET'S GET STARTED!
1. Gather all of your supplies and cut out your petals and leaves.
2. Cut the wire to your desired length for your stem. Mine is approximately 10".
3. Stretch paper from its centre. Centre your paper over the styrofoam ball. Wrap the paper in half over the ball and pinch the bases at the stem. Now fold the two remaining sides down and pinch to the stem. Fold the two corners towards each other, much like wrapping a present. Pinch any extra paper to the stem and secure it all with floral tape.
4. Put a dab of hot glue on the styrofoam ball where you want to attach the stem and stick the wire into the ball at that point. Use floral tape to secure it all together.
5. Gather stamens around the centre of the flower and attach them together with floral tape. Adjust the positioning as you're wrapping the tape - they will move!
5. Attaching the petals! This is where I got stuck with the first flower I ever made, and the lesson I learned is that it is ok to do it more than once (or in my case more than seven times.) The Paper to Petal book has named this technique the 'gather and wrap'. Place your flower centre at the base of one end of your paper strip. Hold said end secure with your thumb and index finger and begin to gather and wrap the strip around with your other hand, while also rotating the stem. This step is definitely a handful. Many times I've moved my hand the wrong way and had to start over but, be patient, it will work eventually! When you reach the end of the strip hold it in place and start wrapping tightly with floral tape at the base of the flower. If you're having a hard time holding the petal strip in place cut it into two sections, one of 2 petals and one of 3. Gather, wrap, and attach with floral tape as you would with the full strip of petals.
6. This is where your flower comes to life! The Paper to Petals book calls this technique 'cupping'. Lightly hold the centre of the petal between the pads of your thumb and index finger with both hands. I find it easier to bend my index finger and use the sides of my knuckles to rest it on but play around with it! Gently slide your thumbs away from each other tugging slightly on the paper to separate the folds giving the petal a cup like shape. The goal is to smooth the folds out of the paper in the centre while maintaining a border so that it keeps the petal shape! I suggest cutting out some practice petals and trying this on them first before assembling your flower so that you have this technique well practiced.
7. Wrap floral tape down the rest of your stem. Don't forget to stretch it first!
8. Your leaves can be whatever size you want them to be! I find it easier for them to be thinner just for the sake of wrapping them with floral tape easily. If you do make them thicker treat them like petals and use the gather and wrap technique. To shape them, hold the base of the leaf in one hand and with the other hand pinch the leaf between the tip of your thumb and the pad of your index finger. Now curl the leaf between your thumb nail and index finger like you would curl ribbon with scissors. Now that it's shaped you can start wrapping the stem with floral tape from the base of your flower covering any stamens or petals that you can see. Continue wrapping down the stem diagonally attaching leaves as you go. Wrap the floral tape all the way to the end of them stem and you're done!
Happy crafting! If you take any photos we'd love to see what you create! Tag us with your finished flower (or not so finished flower) on Instagram at @room6deepcove & I'm on instagram too at @aokrainetz.