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Paper flowers made to last

Spring and summer bring an abundance of fresh flowers, but blossoms crafted from paper can last all year long. Set up in a vase, tucked into a wreath or plopped atop a wedding gift, paper flowers are an inexpensive method to add a touch of color and beauty to home decoration or present wrapping.

I found tutorials online for a variety of paper flowers roses, daisies, tulips and more but picked peonies for their lush but relatively unfussy shape. I tested 3 techniques that utilize different types of paper: crepe paper, cardstock and coffee filters. All produced pretty results, but the cost and ease of execution differed a fair bit.

Here s exactly what I found, with each technique ranked from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating the least pricey, most convenient and best results:

Coffee filter approach

This method was both economical and simple, though it was a bit messier than the other two approaches, and the resulting bloom looked more like a large-scale carnation than a peony. Green flower tape wrapped around the wire develops a stem, and the completed flowers can be dunked in diluted food coloring to dye them any wanted color. That’s where acts got a bit unpleasant, and time-consuming, because the soggy petals take time to dry.

Cardstock approach

This approach needs more prep work but the flower comes together fairly rapidly. Kelly Wayment, who writes a blog site called Finding Time to Create, supplies a complimentary design template and tutorial for her paper peonies. One version of the template can be imported into software for the Silhouette digital cutting device, which essentially works like a printer that cuts shapes out of paper rather of printing.

I have a Silhouette, so this was an economical project for me. For those who put on t have a digital cutting machine, Wayment provides a downloadable PDF file (find it in the remark area following her post). That file can be printed and the numerous petal shapes cut out with scissors by hand.

As soon as all the pieces are cut, the flower is formed by misting the paper with water making it more pliable and flexing the pieces into petal shapes. Small petals are twisted around a pompom or little bit of collapsed paper to form the center of the flower bud, and the other petals are layered around it and glued in location. The result is a fairly sensible flower, though the flat bottom does not provide itself to show on a stem. These flowers look best on a flat surface, such as the top of a gift.

Crepe pape technique

My only previous experience with crepe paper included party streamers, but this technique utilizes sheets of much thicker paper that can be stretched and formed into really realistic petal shapes. I found a detailed video tutorial at a blog site called Ash & Crafts that made it simple to follow each action.

This strategy was the most expensive, given the expense of buying the roll of crepe paper online, but one roll would suffice to produce lots of flowers. Specific petals are eliminated of the paper and glued around a floral wire stem. I had difficulty making and adhering the leaves to my stem, and cutting and gluing each petal separately took some time. The outcome is a remarkably practical and sturdy blossom.