DIY paper flowers

Preliminary considerations

DIY paper flowers are not difficult to make, and with a little bit of practice and skill, you will be able to create extremely interesting works, with which to beautify and decorate the home and the various furnishing accessories. To create a very simple flower that can also be used as a guide, proceed as follows: rectangles of about 4x6 cm are drawn on the paper, and after having been carefully cut out, they stack one on top of the other, offsetting the edges. At this point the structure is held together by tightening the common base of the rectangles with a small elastic. To hide the joint point, cover this area with green floral tape. Now we will go to take the stem, consisting of a plastic or light bamboo stem, and with a dash of hot glue the previously made flower will be fixed to it. The art of making paper flowers is not expensive. In fact, you can buy the material you need in DIY centers and for gardening, even at modest prices. The basic equipment includes the various papers of different consistency, such as the very light and impalpable tissue, the more rustic crêpe, and the refined origami paper, which is a little more expensive and difficult to handle than the first two, but surely gives the best results. It will be useful to have scissors, a ruler, soft pencils, transparent adhesive tape, double-sided tape and elastic bands. The stem of the flowers can be made into sticks already prepared with latex, light wood or bamboo, depending on the final effect you want to achieve. To assemble the various pieces you will need a hot glue gun.

How to make a bouquet of paper flowers

One of the simplest floral flower compositions is certainly the bouquet. To make one based on lilies, delicate and refined, you will need to obtain sheets of white tissue paper or alternatively in a pinkish pastel color, of very light copper wire, a florist's ribbon and a 5-meter-high satin sheet. Work is started by cutting seven rounded petals from the tissue paper and overlapping each other, making sure that each round part is clearly visible with respect to the others. Proceed by folding the pile of petals on itself and fixing it to the base with a small piece of copper wire. We will then model the outermost part of the corolla with our fingers to create movement. With the same procedure, all the lilies necessary to complete the bouquet will be made. At this point, all the flowers are glued to an ovoid base with hot glue, leaving no gaps. At the end of the process, we will wrap the satin ribbon around the remaining copper threads and close it with a nice knot and a soft bow.

A crêpe calla

Even the crêpe is a very popular texture for floral art. To make a calla, two circles about 4 cm in diameter must be drawn on the paper. After having cut them out, you will gently move the top of each circle, pulling the paper between your fingers, being careful not to deform it. Then 10 cm of copper wire is cut with the nippers. Now we will overlap the two circles, grabbing them in the middle between two fingers. The half of the wire is then folded around the joint and each end is wrapped well. Proceed by bending the lower part of each upper petal. At this point the shape of a glass is cut into the paper, and then you go to apply the glue on one side with a small brush and to wrap the glass around the base of the base petal with the tips facing upwards to give an appearance natural. After fixing the corolla to a long stem of green plastic, it will be completed by inserting leaves and a veil of glitter on some petal.

DIY paper flowers: How paper flowers are preserved and cared for

Paper flowers, like any other decorative element, need special care and attention. For each type of paper, absolutely no cleaning detergent should be used. We will simply remove the upper part of the powder by dusting the composition with a light duvet. If you need an intervention of greater entity, you use the jet of the hair dryer, at minimum speed and at the lowest temperature, to pass quickly on the interested area. The very elaborate paper flowers for which particular effort is spent, can be kept in a crystal or in a display case, so that they do not become impregnated with dust and dirt, and remain intact over time. If you notice that a piece of paper is losing its consistency, it is a good idea to put invisible copper wires at strategic points, so as to raise its shape, or stiffen it by dispensing a very small amount of spray paint onto the flower, taking care to hold the can at 20 cm distance. Finally, it is useful to remember that these ornaments should never be placed in wet areas, nor in places that are too hot or too cold, and above all kept away from direct exposure to the sun's rays, because these could cause their structures to dry out irreparably. The ideal place is a cool and dry area, partially illuminated by the sun and not even subjected to sudden climate changes.