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Paper Flower Tutorial

Doesn't this look divine?  When I first saw these, I thought they would be really difficult to do because they look quite intricate but actualy, they're easy!  Anyone can make these with the minimal of materials.  I'll take you through it step-by-step and you'll see how easy it is.

Materials needed:

- hand-painted paper or colored paper
- watercolor paint (if painting your own paper)
- florists tape
- cork
- wire
- decorator's tape
- scissors
- craft knife

If you decide to paint your own paper, you can add a wash of soft pink to your paper/card.  The benefit of painting your paper is that you can get lovely soft gradations of color which will make your flower look more natural. Depending on the size of your paper, paint about 2 or 3 pieces which you can join together.

Cut your paper in thin strips with a craft knife.  Only cut up to 3 cms from the top.

If you've used a few pieces of paper, join them with paper glue so that you end up with a long strip. The longer the strip, the fuller and larger your flower will look. You will now have a piece of paper that looks something like this.

Start rolling up this strip of paper.  Tape it so that it doesn't unravel.  The tape will be hidden later.

Now you can cut your green paper into leaf shapes as above. Fold your leaves in half so that you get a center vein.

Attach your leaves with more tape all around the base of the flower.

To make the center of your flower, cut a small piece of cork and push a piece of wire through it as in the image.  Then twist the ends of the wire together.

Push the cork heart through the center of your flower.

Cover the stem with tape.

Lastly, cover the base of the flower and stem with green florist tape.

Et voila!  I told you it was easy!  Wrap them in some tissue paper and give them as a gift.


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