This project has been a long time in the making. I’ve been wanting to experiment with paper flowers for a while and finally just sat down and did it. In typical fashion, I chose a fairly simple flower to replicate. The Poppy. Here’s how I did it…
Cut a 2 inch wide strip of yellow tissue paper. Then cut the strips into 2 inch squares.
Crumple the square into a small ball and get a piece of wire ready.
Place the ball on one end of the wire. Cut another 2 inch square and place it over the tissue ball. Twist the ends down and around wire.
Use floral tape to tape the twisted ends of the paper square to the wire. Continue to tape down the entire length of the wire.
To make the stamens, cut a 1″ x 10″ long strip of the same yellow tissue paper. Use a pair of fringe scissors (or regular scissors) to cut fringe about 3/4 of an inch long down the length of the strip. Add glue along the base of the center.
Attach the base of the stamen to the bottom of the flower center and twist it all the way around. When you get to the end, attach it with floral tape.
Use your fingers or the edge of your scissors to curl the ends of the fringe so they don’t stick out straight.
To cut each petal, you’ll need a 2.5″ x 2″ rectangle. I doubled it to cut two petals at a time.
This is the general shape you’ll want to cut your inner petals. (I also made a template for the petals that I’ll put at the end of the post.)
To give the petals a natural texture, crumble up the petal into a tight ball. Smooth it out and then fold it accordion style to create vertical veins in the petal.
Add a drop of glue along the base of the stamen.
Glue the petals onto opposite ends of the center.
For the outer petals, you can cut 3 of the same size petals you just cut, or cut 2 larger sized petals. For the larger sized petals use a 3″ x 2″ sized rectangle and use the petal shape above as a guide, or follow the provided template. Repeat the texture process.
Glue the remaining petals opposite the first two. Secure all petals with floral tape.