Why choose paper flowers
It can be a fun decorative pastime or a formative goal, in fact, making paper flowers has significant advantages: they are simple to realize and therefore within children's reach, stimulating their manual skills, so training for the little ones, cheap because they can be done with recovery paper but they are especially precious in their originality because they will not have equal and give everyone the possibility of creating with imagination. You can work on colors, choose shapes, invent improbable varieties of nature with creativity, add leaves and remove thorns, multiply the petals and divide the species. It will then depend on the degree of skill achieved, since we are not professionals, in any case we can choose whether to stylize the format or refine the botanical details. They are also suitable for creating floral arrangements to be prepared as a welcome gift to new neighbors; also ideal as a small sign of recognition for a favor received or an invitation to dinner.
Paper to create
The making of simple paper flowers is economical and according to the type of paper we want to use, it can have a different yield. Usually crepe paper is preferred because it can be shaped more easily with the hands. If the job is done at school, the districts generally make this school material available so the availability is not a problem and the color is not. In the case of domestic composition you can easily find it even in the minimally supplied supermarkets with DIY material. We suggest using crepe paper because of its plastic qualities. It is elastic, light, flexible and folds easily. The market also offers us a rich variety of colors ideal for the flowers we want to make. Furthermore, considering that it is an economic product, it is ideal to start; if we want to make our creations flourish, we can also elaborate them with more particular types of paper, using for example the sugar paper, rough on both sides, or the wrapping paper with classic brownish tones, to obtain a rustic effect. For the more experienced women who aim for elegance, we recommend more refined papers such as napkins, rice paper or tissue paper.
Let's start by making a list of the necessary materials, to be purchased at specific DIY stores or some hobby & work center that has a sector dedicated to the garden:
• Rippled paper (to be replaced with the one you prefer): for the colors of the petals you can pick any of them and in addition buy some green for the leaves and the stem.
• A pair of paper scissors and a pair of pliers to cut the wire.
• Classic strong iron wire and a little bit of the thin green wire used in floriculture.
• Paper Scotch
• Green adhesive tape for florists that will be used to fix and care for the finishes.
Simple paper flowers: Procedure for making the flower
Now we will follow step by step all the steps necessary to realize our decorative project. Let's start with a simple paper flower, to which we could follow many other flowers with similar nuances, to create a pleasant floral composition.
1. CUTTING THE CARD. Our flower comes to life from the petals, so we spread the sheet of colored rippled paper on the table and cut strips 8 cm long about 50 cm. Once we have decided which will be our upper edge, we will have to stretch it a little with the hands in a horizontal direction, that is in the opposite direction to the natural creping of the paper, and keep the upper edge widened by bending it a little towards the back of the strip. If we want a finer and vaguely wavy finish, we can make it using wire. We lay the top edge on the thread, roll it up with your fingers and at the same time iron it outwards. After maintaining the position for a few minutes, we extract the wire. The finish will be so finer and more pleasant.
2. THE PRODUCTION OF PETALS. With the previously manipulated strip we will have to create a sort of roll. Then, starting from a flap, we begin to wrap the strip on itself, initially holding the loop tight; close the bottom of our bud with the green paper tape to cover the termination. We open the petals a little, trying to stretch the paper outward to highlight its flowering.
3. STEM PREPARATION. Cut the wire at 30 cm and cover it with the green flowered ribbon along its entire length. If you wish to strengthen it or make your stem more naive, you can roll a strip of green crepe paper around the wire, on which you have put a few drops of vinavil; immediately afterwards proceed with the green ribbon for florists.
4. THE CREATION OF THE LEAVES. From the crepe paper we obtain two or three 6 x 5 cm leaves using scissors. Helping with our hands we spread the paper well. Let's take the thin green wire and give it the oval shape a little smaller than the leaf; with the paper tape we glue the oval on the back of the leaf, letting it protrude one cm from the lower edge to fix it to the stem.
5. ASSEMBLY. It's time to put all the pieces together. We insert the stem in the lower part of the flower and with the green canvas tape we turn around it starting from the bottom of the flower (two-three turns) until we retrace the length of the stem. Now we insert the leaves by inserting the small iron termination in the linen tape; the first at 5 cm from the top, the second at 10 cm and so on. To avoid being pricked and for greater security, we further fix the base of the leaf on the stem with the florist's ribbon.
And here comes our first flower! Now if you wish you can proceed with a real deck.