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with this project. However. I'm happy to present here a project originally created for. as promised. and published in. The response to that last post was quite positive (thank you to everyone who left a comment for me) so. It's this second part²keeping things simple²that's the real challenge. the elements came together in a surprisingly elegant solution. I usually have two objectives: 1) to make something beautiful.This bouquet of delightfully airy flowers is as easy to make as it is beautiful. . and 2) to make something that's simple to construct. Photo: Jeff Rudell When designing a project. as with my previous post of Perfect Paper Daisies.
The original DIY directions are still available on its website. Luckily. I strongly recommend taking a look.) 2) Floral wire (The gauge is dependent on the size and weight of the flowers you decide to make.Brides magazine. gluing. Style number: 5000. New York. machine-made vellum with white pattern paper stock. . NY 10003. have our own preferred way of working. These tapes often come in light and dark green shades. Available at New York Central Art Supply (62 Third Avenue @ 11th Street. You'll need one disk of paper for each blossom. We all. the vellum paper is quite thin. I recommend making at least two dozen blossoms in order to have a spray of flowers substantial enough to fill a vase. especially. It has some absolutely stunning craft ideas to offer and it is a great place to go for inspiration when you're planning a party. and assembling. Given the relatively small size of each of these flowers. Note to readers: When crafting. The wire should be pliable enough to give you a graceful bend but should then hold its shape. lend themselves to such a process. I chose a light green to help give the bouquet the fresh. bright. I used a USA Silkscreen. but this is what has worked best for me. wrapping a gift.00/sheet. it's often easier to set up an assembly-line workflow. sheet size: 22" x 30 ". springlike look of new growth.) 3) Green floral tape for wrapping the floral wire. trimming. Materials: 1) White. so it's possible to cut three or four disks at once. translucent paper. 212-473-7705 OR view the product on its website. You'll save a lot of time by cutting out all of the round disks first before moving on to creasing. or decorating your home. For anyone who hasn't already browsed its site. improved) from those originally created for Brides. price: $6. This set of directions is slightly expanded (and I hope.) How to make the blossoms: Begin with a 3" circle of paper.) 5) A pair of scissors and a craft or X-Acto knife 6) A pair of small needle-nose pliers 7) High-quality paper adhesive (I recommend Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive [$7. These flowers. 4) A 3" circle template (I used a simple juice glass as my template. of course. bottle] because it dries fast and clear and it is water soluble.95 for an 8-oz.
trim as indicated by the dotted line in the illustration to the left. Unfold the disk and lay it flat. then again. and one final time.Begin by folding the circle of paper in half. into quarters. . Firmly press all creases to ensure they are sharp and straight. With your disk folded into a tight wedge. into eighths.
Glue A to B using a paper glue that will dry clear. Hold until dry. . being careful to leave a small flap (A). trim as indicated.Using a craft knife. to add shape and texture to the blossoms. Once the glue has dried. re-bend all of the creases and pinch the tips of the petals as indicated by the dotted lines.
In order to adapt this picture to fit the structure of the CraftStylish. . Thank you. I left a few blossoms unpinched to give them the look of newly opened buds. Please don't let this confuse you. 1/4") in one end. How to make and attach the flower stems: (Note to readers: The next four images began life as a single. Use the needlenose pliers to form a small loop (approx.com webpage. large image.) Begin with a piece of floral wire 10±16" long. The flower stems should be a single length of wire with a loop at one end. It is for this reason that the illustration of the flower stems that runs along the left-hand edge of these pictures appears to be cut into four segments.Detail: Notice the way in which each petal is crimped. it was necessary for me to divide it into four distinct images.
Gently thread the wire through the center of a completed paper blossom. .Wrap the loop with a small length of green floral tape to form the pistil of the flower.
To finish. Attach two or more stems together by wrapping floral tape around multiple wires at once.Hold the blossom between the thumb and forefinger of one hand. wrap the remainder of the wire with floral tape. bend the stems into graceful shapes before arranging them in a vase for display. . This is best done by rotating the wire stem with one hand while holding the floral tape snugly in the other hand. Beginning at the base of the blossom.