Since paper was invented in 100 BC, flowers and a wide variety of crafts have been made from this material. However, paper flowers only appeared in Europe until the 11th century and little by little this art spread throughout most of the colonies.
Later, in 2009, paper flowers became popular as they were the stars of the spring show of the renowned brand Chanel that year. But these go beyond the use in clothing, they are used in different decorations inside homes, offering the beauty and color of various flowers, with the advantage that they never fade.
Why make paper flowers?
Making paper flowers is a wonderful alternative to decorate and make spaces more beautiful. They have the great advantage of replacing fabric and real flowers. In addition, they are friendly with the environment , since they can be made with recycled paper or with used coffee filters.
Doing them is really very simple. In fact, the web is awash with illustrative tutorials and videos on how to make them at home. The advantage? With this material you can make a wide variety of flora species that include different sizes, colors and styles.
Make your own paper flowers!
As we already mentioned, paper flowers are an excellent decorative option that can replace the use of real flower arrangements . This allows you to enjoy the color and beauty of the buds without spending money every time the natural ones wilt and without spending a lot of time caring for live potted plants.
Next, we are going to tell you how you can make three types of paper flowers with your own hands. Use the techniques to recreate different bouquets.
Gardenias are highly desirable flowers and the good news is that you can make them on paper. You should have cardstock or crepe paper , as its texture makes the design look more real. In addition, you should have a pencil, scissors, glue, paper tape and skewer-type sticks.
Start by copying the design of the gardenia petals, you can find a model online and draw or print it to create a mold. You will need four petal cuts with three points and another three with five points. With the cuts ready, take the wooden toothpick and start rolling petal by petal .
Keep in mind that you will start to create the flower from the inside, so you will have to squeeze the petals that will make the central bud with your hands. Then, stick more open petals. With a piece of green cardboard recreate a couple of leaves so that the flower is complete.
Daisies are beautiful flowers and are distinguished by their beautiful colors. In this case, use cardstock or crepe paper to bring the delicate, thin petals to life . In this case you can also use a template or draw the structure yourself and then cut it with the help of scissors.
Remember that daisies have quite a few petals , so make sure your flower looks as real as possible. Keep in mind that the outer petals should be longer than the inner ones. This is an opportunity that you can take advantage of to have a two-colored flower.
In the middle, this bud has a very characteristic yellow button , which is made with cardboard. Although if you want to give it more texture, you should use tissue paper to create small balls and attach them with glue.
The pink paper is a great creative challenge because the ideal is that they are as real as possible. You have at your disposal materials such as crepe paper, tissue paper and even recycled coffee filters . Also, keep your scissors, wire and floral tape, food coloring, and glue on hand.
If you are going to use tissue or crepe paper, it will be enough to cut each of the petals. If you decided to recycle your coffee filters, the process is as follows:
- Place your filters in a bowl of water to remove excess coffee.
- Change the water for a new one and add a few drops of food coloring , of the colors you want.
- Another option is to let the filters dry after removing the coffee and painting the petals with water paint.
- In either case, to better dry the petals it is necessary to drain them and put them on a flat surface .
- To create realistic petals, take your filter, fold it in half and back in that half. With the help of your scissors you are going to make a notch in the bottom corner, open the filter and make a slit in the side to shape it.
From this moment, you will begin to join the petals to each other or to the floral wire, regardless of the material you have chosen. We will start with the bud in the center, so you must roll the petals tightly so that they are very close together, then start to loosen a little to shape your rose.
The floral tape is used to help you fix the bottom of the rose and to disguise the junction of the petals a bit. Remember to make some leaves to make your roses more real.
What other paper flowers do you dare to make?
Here we have given you three ideas to start practicing and creating your own paper flowers, but they are not the only options. By following these techniques, your imagination and intuition can make different floral species such as daffodils and orchids .
In fact, you can make some that come out of your mind, improvise with the materials and knowledge you have now.
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