DIY Paper Flower Tutorial. Hi Guys! You might have seen the inspo’ post on here at the start of this week… well following on from that I have created a nice little basic paper flower making tutorial for you all to try. The steps and method for this poppy/anemone style bloom are a great foundation for a whole bunch of different styles of flowers! And I thought with Mother’s day and Easter coming up it a perfect spring time tutorial to create for you!
So… You will need:
3 colours of crepe
florists hobby wires + tape
Start your flower by creating a centre. There are many variations here but we are going to use a basic bud centre stuffed with some scrunched up tissue/crepe.
1 – To start scrunch up a small bit of scrap tissue or crepe and roll into a ball. Now cut a square of crepe in colour A for your bud. This square must be big enough to wrap generously around the ball.
6 – Cut a rectangular piece in Colour B (the size of the colour A square and then in half again…) Use your scissors to create a fringed effect by cutting down to just above the bottom edge of rectangle all the way along its length. dab a thin layer of glue along the edge before you attach.
9 – Use the lines on your crepe as a guide when cutting petal shapes out. These are roughly 2″ high by 1″ wide.
The trick to creating lovely petals is not so much in the cutting… but in the shaping! I fluted the top edge of each petal to create a ruffles effect. This can be achieved easily by holding your petal between your thumbs in both hands and stretching the gathers in the crepe away from each other… wilist also twisting one hand toward and one hand away from you.
13 – Once the glue has set and all your petals are serurely in place its time to finish and shape further with some florist tape. This stuff goes a long way and I love how stretchy it is!
14 – Place your strip of tape on the wire step just below the widening part of the flower… twist your flower around and wrap quite tightly.You want to use this tape to hide and glue/gaps and secure and finish each flower tidily. There are so many different colours and width of tape so play with different combinations!
You can join our first paper flower making weekend workshop on Saturday 19th March 10a,-2pm in Nottingham for Paper Flower Garland Making Workshop or at our Paper Flower Bouqeut Making Class on Saturday 4th June 10am-2pm. Click through the links above for full details and ticketing! Both workshops are ideal for beginner paper crafters and all are welcome! Why not bring your Mum along to the March workshop and treat her for Mother’s Day? Find more paper craft inspo on our dedicated Pinterest board here. Happy Friday folks! Amy x