Feeling crafty? We’ve got the perfect DIY for you! When we delved into the gorgeous floral-filled pages of Jennifer Tran’s new book, Flowersmith for our recent giveaway competition, we were blown away by the beauty of her creations. And now, we’re so excited to share one of our favourites from the book, right here with you on hooraymag.com!
Jennifer’s flowers look so realistic, it’s hard to believe they’re crafted entirely from paper. Whether used as a styling feature, table setting or bouquet, these beautiful blooms are sure to wow your guests!
Happy crafting! xx HOORAY!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
TOOLS: Scissors | Pliers | Toothpick | Bamboo skewer
PAPER: 60gsm crepe paper in white | 60gsm crepe paper in bubblegum | 60gsm crepe paper strip in light green | 60gsm crepe paper in light green | 60gsm crepe paper in yellow
OTHER MATERIALS: Flower 12 templates (page 137 of Flowersmith Book) | Glue stick | 16-gauge wire | PVA glue | Cotton wool | Parafilm tape | Ground turmeric
WHAT TO DO
1. Using white paper, cut seven petals using template A.
2. Using bubblegum paper, cut seven petals using template A.
3. Using the glue stick, paste together one bubblegum petal and one white petal. Repeat with the remaining petals. Allow to dry.
4. Cut a 22 cm (8¾ in) piece of wire. Wrap the entire length of the stem with light-green paper strip, securing with PVA glue.
5. Cut one 3 x 3 cm (1¼ x 1¼ in) square of light-green paper.
6. Put a small amount of cotton wool around one end of the stem to form a ball. Cover the cotton wool ball with the light-green paper square. Use parafilm tape to secure the paper to the stem. Cover the tape with light-green paper strip.
7. Cut one 2 x 15 cm (¾ x 6 in) strip of yellow paper. Gently stretch the piece of paper crosswise to increase the width to 20–25 cm (8–10 in). Fringe the top 1 cm (½ in) of the strip.
8. Wrap the unfringed edge of the paper strip around the base of the flower centre, securing with PVA glue. Trim with scissors to even the fringe.
9. Lightly dip the top of the fringe into PVA glue, then into ground turmeric. Shake off any excess turmeric, then allow to dry.
10. Cup and curl all the pasted petals. Use the edge cut-out technique on one or two petals.
11. Layer 1: Using PVA glue, attach three petals evenly around the base of the flower centre.
12. Layer 2: Attach the remaining petals around the base of layer 1, between the gaps of the attached petals.
13. Cut one 25 cm (10 in) piece of 16-gauge wire. Wrap the entire length of the stem with light-green paper strip, securing with PVA glue.
14. Cut one 3 x 3 cm (1¼ x 1¼ in) square of light-green paper.
15. Put a small amount of cotton wool around one end of the stem to form a ball. Cover the cotton wool ball with the light-green paper square. Use parafilm tape to secure the paper to the stem. Cover the tape with light-green paper strip.
16. Using light-green paper, cut two leaves with template B.
17. Using PVA glue, attach the leaves to the stem, 15 cm (6 in) below the base of the bud. Cover the leaf joints with light-green paper strip.
18. Using PVA glue, join the bud stem to the flower stem below the leaves, making sure the bottom ends align. Wrap the stem with light-green paper strip.
19. Gently bend the stems to create a natural look.
This is an edited extract from Flowersmith by Jennifer Tran, published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP $40.00 and is available in stores nationally (Australia).