Paper flowers how to make them
Paper flowers! It is a really simple idea and within everyone's reach, even children can try their hand at making them and creating flowers to decorate the house or to add to gift packages. It involves using different types of paper, the most common are crepe paper or tissue paper, which appropriately colored, cut and shaped will give life to flowers with a lively and truly realistic look.
The materials you need vary from the type of flower you want to make, starting with a few simple strips of crepe paper, even in a single color, and wire, for the easiest; and you get to sponges, glue, stencils and papers of different colors and materials for the more complicated. In any case, don't be afraid because in a few minutes you will be able to fill the house with delicious colorful and imaginative flowers.
At the beginning it is advisable to start with simple flowers such as roses, poppies and carnations, perhaps to be made together with your children for a fun different from the ordinary and to help them with the use of wire. But with practice and imagination you can get to create beautiful poinsettias, origami with cardboard, newspaper, ever more realistic models; or add buttons, pistils, glitter, beads or small jewels to let your imagination and creativity run wild.
Roses, as we have said, are among the simplest flowers. You will need: crepe paper of the color you want your pink to have, wire, scissors, green crepe paper and glue. Start by cutting strips of the paper you have chosen for the petals, make sure that they are strips of a width of at least ten centimeters and length to your picere, fold them in two so that the width of half, roll them on themselves without tightening too much , especially towards the end, fix one of the two bases (preferably not the one with the fold) with a couple of turns of wire, in a very firm way.Do not cut the wire, but fold it so that the rest forms the stem of the rose, therefore with any length, about twenty centimeters; at this point, cover it with green crepe paper. Now always on the green paper draw and cut out some pink leaves equal in pairs, glue them together by inserting some wire in the middle and roll it around the stem. Finally, spread the paper that composes the rose petals in the upper part with your fingers, gently being careful not to break it, in order to create the particular wavy effect of the rose petals.
For the simplest flowers, such as carnations for example, follow the procedure used to make roses: then cut strips of crepe paper, fold them, roll them up and secure them with wire, making a part of it for the stem. In this case, however, the simplest way to make the petals is to cut vertically the paper that will form the petals, you choose the distance between one cut and the other to create more or less thin petals. Once cut, spread the petals apart to create more volume. And here's to you some beautiful colorful flowers!
Poppies and flowers with well defined petals
For this type of flowers which can include poppies, daisies, etc. .. the procedure is slightly different as the pistil is clearly visible and the petals are well defined and in less quantity. Then proceed to choose the paper that you think is most suitable for your flower (for example, tissue paper is more suitable for poppies, normal paper or crepe paper for daisies). Also in this case make strips of about ten centimeters that you will fold in half, reducing the width to about 5 centimeters. Now with the fold facing you draw many petals, the fold will be the base of your petals, make sure that you just a few centimeters of base remain. Cut out all the petals, open them in two and place them one inside the other, making them more or less coincide. Insert the wire at the base of all your petals making a small hole and close it, thus forming a small slot that contains all your petals, arrange them as you like and place a small ball of colored paper in the center to create the pistil.
In the case of the poppy, add very small strips of black paper to the center of the petals that you will close together with the petals with wire.
Paper flowers how to make them: Decorations
Once you have made your first flowers you can easily improve your creations with decorations that will make them more realistic or refined. Then use watercolors to create veins on your petals or leaves, being very careful not to wet the brush too much because you could risk breaking the most delicate paper. Otherwise, to embellish and personalize your creations even more you could use small jewels or beads for the pistils, try your hand at different types of paper or embellish the various petals with small rhinestones and glitter.