Here is a fun and easy tutorial for our giant paper flowers that featured in our SS15 cover shoot!
The flowers are great for weddings and parties, as well as interiors and photography props.
They are quick and simple to make so are great to craft with little ones too! Share your finished flowers with us on Instagram and tag us in @caboodlemagazine.
We can't wait to see your finished blooms!
What you need -
A4 tissue paper in lots of nice colours
cardboard that is rolled up and taped into a tube
Take the cardboard tube, this will be your stem! Wrap in green tissue paper securing with tape as you go and tucking in the ends.
Next take a sheet of tissue for the leaf, a contrasting green is lovely!
Fold in half lengthways and cut a moon shape, so when opened up it looks like a leaf. Place on your floristry wire, one straight piece down the fold, then bend t wires into v shapes for the veins.
Tape down the wires all the way along. Tape the leaf onto the middle of the stalk by one end, being careful not to rip the leaf.
Next we start on the petals, take 5 sheets of tissue in whatever colour you like, fold in half, then fold in half again.
Repeat with more sheets of tissue paper in complementary colours, whatever tickles your fancy!
Cut a semi circle shape at one end of each piece of folded tissue and make each one a slightly different length for the different petals. You can also experiment with spiky shaped petals by cutting the ends into a point rather than rounded.
Take the shortest petals and separate into individual sheets of tissue, one by one wrap around the top of the stem securing with tape and scrunching in at the bottom as you go. Fluff out the tissue as it grows so you get the petal effect.
Repeat with the medium sized petals.
And then with the larger petals.
For monster sized flowers, cut some extra large petals by stacking up sheets and cutting an M shape at the top, whilst tapering the other end in slightly so they look like this. Keep adding these shaped petals until the dream size has been reached!
Once you are happy with the size of your flower then wrap a few extra layers of tape around the base of the petals to make sure it is very securely attached to the stem.
Take a contrasting colour of tissue for the centre of your flower, fold in half lengthways, then fold in half again and slowly roll and scrunch up the tissue.
Glue into the middle of your flower and fluff out all the petals as required.
Et Voila!! Repeat until you have a whole army of gorgeous flowers for whatever you require!