Friday, March 25, 2011

Lovely Flowers to Make

          Swing into spring with these fun, easy-to-make, inexpensive flowers! Are you looking for a VERY easy accent for your spring party decorations? I think you will enjoy this addition to your party decor. Each one takes about 5 minutes to make.They are simple and festive yet add a touch of elegance.


                         There are a few different types of paper that can be used. Rolled Crepe paper and tissue paper come in gorgeous colors. They make beautiful flowers and they're easy to work with. You can even use facial tissue for lovely white flowers!
You'll need a pair of scissors and the paper of your choice. Pipe cleaners and green tulle are optional. First, decide what size flowers you want. Next, layer about 5 to 10 pieces of  the paper you've chosen. Then, cut the paper in squares and fold in a fan.

If you would like scalloped petals just trim the ends round.

Following  these steps, take your fan and fold it in half. If using a pipe cleaner, take as much of the end as needed to make it secure. The rest acts as the stem. If you don't have pipe cleaners on hand, floral wire will do or even a twist tie.

You then proceed by taking each layer of paper and pulling it to the middle where it is secured. Continue until every piece is pulled. There you have your
 flower It may need a little shaping.

Above is a photo of a flower that  we used for a tea party decoration. We added green tulle as leaves and then attached it to the pink tulle bow.
If you have  green tulle, you may want to add leaves. If  so, just cut a piece about twice the width of the flower. You can then tie it around the base of the flower.

It's as simple as that!

Enjoy making these as a craft or for party decorations. Be creative with mixing the colors and textures!  

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