DIY paper flowers May 31 2012, 0 Comments

I'm a bit of a lover of DIY, but at the same time not the craftiest of people so I'm hoping to share some of my favourite projects for around the home that are also easy peesy to do yourself.

*These paper flowers are a beautiful addition to shabby-chic home décor or a cheap alternative to real flowers for wedding decorations.  Here’s a quick and very easy guide.

*Each flower is made of a piece of paper cut out as above. Each little column makes a single petal so you can make them as fat or skinny and long or short as you like. You can also make one and use it as a template to trace and cut out all the rest of your petals like I've done with this one.

*I sourced the paper from this amazing little poetry book found at a local op shop. Old books are great and I think children’s picture books would be a really sweet idea too.

*The paper in this particular book actually tore a little too easily because it was so old and acidic, so preferably choose a book with pages in better condition than this. It did the job though!

*You’ll also need some wire which you can just grab from Bunnings or any kind of craft or gardening shop. We may or may not have dug this out of the garden shed.

*Now for the fun part – fold your petals over onto one another until you get a little bunch. It doesn’t matter which way you fold and mixing it up adds a bit of variety.

*This photo shows what your flower should be looking like by now. Also, how pretty is my friend Freja’s ring.

*In the bunch of paper flowers pictured, I used little cotton tips as the little capsules you would see in flowers like hibiscus, orchids and lilies. (I had to look up what these things are called, apparently this is the correct botany term)

*Use masking tape to hold the flower all together and then pushed out the petals so the flower sits open and pretty.

*Now just twist the wire around the base of the flower (you can cut the wire to various lengths depending on how high you want the stems to sit and how tall the bottle you use is). That's it - just make as many or as few as you want and use them to fill bottles, jars and vases.

If you are around the Paddington area, the Paddington Antique Centre is a great place to go to scout vintage books and bottles for this project. It's a massive centre, but if you take your time looking in all the nooks and crannies you will find some real gems.