DIY Paper Roses,
Calla Lilies & Daisies
I've been busy crafting myself some paper flowers recently, and ended up making a mixture of written tutorials and video DIYs for roses, Calla lilies and daisies.
Just in time for Summer!
Please find the 3 videos below, plus the written instructions for making paper daisies at the bottom of this page. Enjoy :)
This is the video for making paper roses, and you can find a written tutorial for these over on Instructables.
And this video is for Calla lilies:
And this final video is for making the paper daisies:
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And last but not least, this is the written tutorial for the daisies:
To complete this project, you will need:
Wire (i'm using 1.6mm aluminium wire), scissors, pages from an old book, yellow paper or thin card, floral tape, PVA glue, wire cutters and pliers, and a pencil.
The first step is to remove the white border of one book page. Make sure to choose a book page that has text over the whole page with no large blank spaces.
Then cut this borderless page in half, and fold each half diagonally.
Cut the 'excess' paper rectangles (the single-layer sections) off both of the folded pieces of paper.
Take one of the folded paper triangles and position it with the longest side at the top, then fold it down the centre to make a smaller triangle shape.
Then do the same again to make an even smaller triangle.
Position the triangle so that the 'open' end is at the top, and then cut straight across; in a straight line or in a slightly arched line.
I have drawn the shape you have to cut out onto my triangle, but you don't want to draw directly on your paper otherwise these marks will show on the final flowers.
Instead, just go ahead and use your scissors to cut out the shape as shown here, or draw the shape out onto a scrap piece of paper first to use as a guide to help you.
This will create your daisy petal shape.
If you're not happy with the shape, you can re-fold and re-cut until you are happy with the look of it.
Repeat these steps again so that you now have 2 of these flower shapes.
You can use your completed flower shape as a template for your second flower in order to make them both exactly the same.
The next step is to make the yellow flower centres using the yellow paper/thin card.
Simply cut out 2 circles of yellow card (one smaller than the other) that are in proportion with the flower petal shapes.
The easiest way to make circles is to cut out square shapes first, then cut off the corners.
Use your scissors to snip all the way around the circles to create a 'fringe' (if you like).
Next, cut a length of wire for the stem. I cut a piece 24cm long, but you can obviously use any length you like. Better to over-estimate, because you can always cut it shorter later on.
Straighten the length of wire with your fingers, and then use your pliers to create a flat loop of some kind at one end.
Make sure this loop is smaller than the smallest yellow paper circle you have made.
Make a small hole in the centre of all of the paper pieces you have made, except the smallest yellow circle. The hole should be only just big enough for the wire to go through.
Take your PVA glue and add some to the back of the smallest yellow circle.
Push the wire loop into this glue, then add a bit more glue on top. Leave to dry.
Push the wire through the centre of the larger yellow circle and the 2 daisy flower shapes - with a little bit of glue added between each layer.
Then add a little glue onto the wire directly underneath the flower as well, to stop it sliding down the wire.
Once the glue is totally dry, take your floral tape and start wrapping it around the wire stem, starting just underneath the flower and finishing at the end of the wire.
If you want to cut your wire shorter, now is the time to do it.
So there you have it; one completed daisy!
You can make lots more now to make a bouquet :)