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How to Make Paper Flowers

By April 3, 2020December 22nd, 2021No Comments

Each season we hold a complimentary creative social at Gazelli House in South Kensington. Over the years we’ve come together, made new friends, tried new techniques, laughed and created. There’s been life drawing, mindful mosaics, flower crown making, drawing with found objects and many more. The atmosphere is always warm and welcoming and we leave feeling a little lighter and more connected.

Tutorial how to step by step on making paper flowers

This month our in-house creative Naomi Hutton was due to be holding a paper flower-making workshop so we thought we’d ask her to bring the workshop to you here.

We’d love to see how you get on – please tag us in on Instagram, we’re @gazelliwellbeing, or send us a picture of your creations to mailto:info@gazelli.co.uk. 

Things you’ll need

  • Crepe Paper or Tissue Paper (in colours of your choice)
  • Florist Tape
  • Florist Wire
  • Florist Wire Cutters
  • Scissors
  • Template – this complimentary template printed onto thin card if you can or paper. If you don’t have a printer you can also copy the shapes to make your own.

1. The Dahlia Labyrinth

The Stamen

  • Use the wire cutters to cut one piece of your florist wire to the desired length for your flower stalk.
  • Use your florist tape to wrap the full length of the wire to create a neat and sturdy finish.
  • Cut out the Dahlia sepals template.
  • Concertina your crepe or tissue paper to multiply the layers you can cut in one go. We recommend 3 concertina folds each at 10cm wide. Place your card template on top then cut around it. You should now have a long strip of paper in the shape of your Dahlia sepals, around 30cm in length.
  • Wrap this strip tightly around the top end of your flower stalk and secure in place with your florist tape.

The Flower Petals

  • Cut out the Dahlia template.
  • Concertina your crepe or tissue paper to multiply the layers you can cut in one go. We recommend 3 concertina folds each at 10cm wide. Place your card template on top then cut around it. You should now have one long strip of paper in the shape of your Dahlia petals, around 30cm in length.
  • Repeat this process until you have around 3 strips of petals; the more strips you use, the denser and wider your flower head will be.

Final Construction

  • Wrap one strip of petals tightly around the stamen, positioning the petals slightly higher than the sepals. Once wrapped, secure with florist tape.
  • Continue this process with the two other strips, moving each strip higher up the stamen to create the graduated effect of the flower head.
  • Your Dahlia Labyrinth will then be complete. 

2. The Lavender

Paper Flower Tutorial

The Stalk

  • Use the wire cutters to cut one piece of your florist wire to the desired length for your flower stalk.
  • Use your florist tape to wrap the full length of the wire to create a neat and sturdy finish.

The Flower Petals

  • Cut out the Lavender template.
  • Taking your crepe or tissue paper, place your card template on top then cut around it. You should now have a rectangular strip.
  • Using your template as a guide fold this strip in half along the dotted fold line on the template. Secure the strip together length ways with double-sided tape, placed internally.
  • Using your template as a guide, from the folded edge, cut a series of closely spaced lines down to just short of the taped edge. These cut lines are marked on the template. Continue along the full length of the strip until you end up with a fringe effect. 

Final Construction

  • Secure double-sided tape to one side of the taped-together edge of your fringed strip.
  • Taking your stalk and your fringed strip and starting at the top end of the stalk, wrap your strip around the stalk, slowly moving down the stalk as you go. Once wrapped, secure in place with florist tape.
  • Your Lavender will then be complete. 

3.  The Carnation

The Stamen

  • Use the wire cutters to cut one piece of your florist wire to the desired length for your flower stalk.
  • Use your florist tape to wrap the full length of the wire to create a neat and sturdy finish.
  • Cut out the Carnation sepals template.
  • Concertina your crepe or tissue paper to multiply the layers you can cut in one go. We recommend 3 concertina folds each at 10cm wide. Place your card template on top then cut around it. You should now have a long strip of paper in the shape of your Carnation sepals, around 30cm in length.
  • Using the dotted fold lines on your template as a guide, take the strip and concertina fold it up so when released you have the zigzag effect to the sepals.
  • Wrap this strip around the top end of your flower stalk, keeping the sepals in this zigzag form as much as possible. Once wrapped secure with florist tape.

The Flower Petals

  • Cut out the Carnation template.
  • Concertina your crepe or tissue paper over to multiply the layers you can cut in one go. We recommend 3 concertina folds each at 10cm wide. Place your card template on top then cut around it. You should now have a long strip of paper in the shape of your Carnation petals, around 30cm in length.
  • Repeat this process until you have around 3 strips of the petals; the more strips you use, the denser and wider your flower head will be.
  • Using the dotted fold lines on your template as a guide, take each strip and concertina fold them up so when released you have the zigzag effect to the petals.

Final Construction

  • Taking your stamen and one strip of your zigzagged petals, wrap the petal strip around your stamen, positioning the petals slightly higher than the sepals, keeping them in this zigzag form as much as possible. Once wrapped secure with florist tape.
  • Continue this process with the two other strips, moving each strip higher up the stamen each time to create the graduated effect of the flower head.
  • Your Carnation will then be complete.

4. The Chrysanthemum

The Stamen

  • Use the wire cutters to cut one piece of your florist wire to the desired length for your flower stalk.
  • Use your florist tape to wrap the full length of the wire to create a neat and sturdy finish.
  • Cut out the Chrysanthemum sepals template.
  • Concertina your crepe or tissue paper over to multiply the layers you can cut in one go. We recommend 3 concertina folds each at 10cm wide. Place your card template on top then cut around it. You should now have a long strip of paper in the shape of your Chrysanthemum sepals, around 30cm in length.
  • Wrap this strip tightly around the top end of your flower stalk and secure with florist tape.

The Flower Petals

  • Cut out the Chrysanthemum template.
  • Concertina your crepe or tissue paper over to multiply the layers you can cut in one go. We recommend 3 concertina folds each at 10cm wide. Place your card template on top then cut around it. You should now have one long strip of paper in the shape of your Chrysanthemum petals, around 30cm in length.
  • Repeat this process until you have around 3 strips of petals; the more strips you use, the denser and wider your flower head will be. 

Final Construction

  • Taking your stamen and one strip of petals, wrap the petal strip tightly around your stamen, positioning the petals slightly higher than the sepals. Once wrapped, secure with florist tape.
  • Continue this process with the two other strips, moving each strip higher up the stamen each time to create the graduated effect of the flower head.
  • Your Chrysanthemum will then be complete.

During this time, Naomi will be creating a weekly craft tutorial. You can sign up here to be the first to know or follow us on Instagram – you can find us @gazelliwellbeing.

 

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