Paper Flowers for Mum

Updated: Mar 24

I remember my mum always saying she didn't want anything for Mothers Day except a handmade card and something made by me.


I don't think we are too old to still make gifts for mum. Plus, this is a fun project to make with the older kids (but may be a bit too fiddly for he younger ones).


In the box, you will get enough supplies to make:

* 6 Pink Carnations

* 6 Daisies

* 4 Toetoe's


You also get the crepe paper and templates for your petals, as well as ribbon and double sided tape for your toetoe's.

The stems are made with florist wire, and you attach the petals on with florist tape (also in the box).

Carnations:

Firstly lay out all the pieces you will need for your carnations:

* Pink crepe paper (precut to 5cm width)

* Florist wire for stems

* Petal template

* Green paper for leaves


With your template in hand you can either trace around the template on to the crepe paper, or just eyeball it. Just like in nature, your petals do not need to be perfect. Now, cut around your lines. Making sure the paper isn't stuck together where you have cut, slowly unwind to the length you need (in your instructions).

For the leaves, cut long, 2cm wide strips from your green paper, then fold in half length wise and cut the points to a taper at either end.

Now get your florist wire and bed over 1cm at one end to create a loop. This will stop your petals from falling off.

Taking the first length of your petals, slowly wrap the strip around the wire, making sure your paper is placed just under the loop.

Once your first length is wrapped around, get your florist tape. Stretch it gently, then wrap around your crepe paper at the base. Make sure you squish all the paper in, and then roll down to the bare wire.

Repeat this process with the other 2 lengths of petals, but on the last one, keep rolling the tape down the length of your wire until you want to add in a leaf. Then wrap the leaf around your wire just under the tape, then wrap the tape around the base of your leaf. Continue down the stem for another 3-4cm then attach the second leaf.

Continue with the tape to the base of your flower. If you snap the tape at anytime, don't panic, just place the end of the tape over where it snapped, and keep twisting.

Daisies

Lay out the pieces you will need for your daisies:

* White crepe paper (precut to 6cm width)

* Yellow crepe paper

* Cotton wool

* Florist tape

* Petal template

* Green paper for leaves


With your template in hand you can either trace around the template on to the crepe paper, or just eyeball it. Just like in nature, your petals do not need to be perfect. Now, cut around your lines. Making sure the paper isn't stuck together where you have cut, slowly unwind to the length you need (in your instructions). Then cut out the leaves with the template.

Now, lets make the yellow stamen for the centre of your flower. With your florist wire, fold over 1cm to make a loop. The wrap a small piece of cotton wool around. Don't wrap too much or it will be too fat. Next, cut a 4cm square of yellow crepe paper (I do this with 2 layers of paper). Place the cotton covered wire in the centre of the square and gently fold the paper over so it is completely covered, with the ends of the paper sitting around the base of the cotton. Lightly stretching the florist tape, wrap this around the base of the paper, making sure you capture all the ends of the paper in the tape.

Start wrapping the petals around the stamen, keeping all the petals even at the top. The base will get a little thick, but that's ok. When you have all the petals attached, wrap the base with florist tape, ensuring you capture all the petal base.

Then continue winding down the stem until you want to add in a leaf. Then wrap the leaf around your wire just under the tape, then wrap the tape around the base of your leaf. Continue down the stem for another 2-3cm then attach the second leaf. Continue with the tape to the base of your flower. If you snap the tape at anytime, don't panic, just place the end of the tape over where it snapped, and keep twisting.

Toetoe's

Lay out the pieces you will need for your toetoe's:

* 4x 10cm lengths of 5cm wide ribbon

* Double sided tape

* Florist wire


Lay the 4 pieces of ribbon side by side with long edges touching. Then attach a strip of double sided tape across the base of all 4 pieces, joining them together. There is also a right and wrong side, so make sure they are all up the same way.

Starting from the other end, start to unravel the ribbon, so that you get long strands, just like a toetoe. Sometimes it may not unravel easily. The edge of the ribbon may have a 'core' inside that you can remove, but it is a little tricky. If it won't unravel no matter what you do, try cutting the edge off the ribbon (as a last resort).

Carefully remove the backing of the double sided tape to expose the sticky side.


Now, with the long strands facing away from the wire and being careful to not have the ribbon stick in the wrong places, starting from the top of the florist wire, slowly wind the ribbon around. You can spin the wire in your fingers slowly so that it naturally gathers up the ribbon. The closer you keep the edges of the ribbon together the thicker your toetoe will be.

Bend the toetoe over, so the strands hang down, just like a real toetoe.

Our paper flower box comes with everything you need to make 6 carnations, 6 daisies and 4 toetoe's.

You can find the box here.


Happy crafting everyone.

Sandy


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