Two nieces married, now it’s my turn. I’m getting married!
I’ve been experimenting with paper flowers for a while. I love the stylized look. They don’t wilt, require no water, and can be done way in advance.
To make it just wee bit more messy, and since I love the look, I paint the petals. I’ve made several styles thus far, but the pics below show my favorite.
*Regular copy paper (or drawing paper)
*Hot glue gun
*2 colors (or more) craft acrylic paint
*Paint brush (for painting and rolling)
CuriousPurplePig Rating: 8.5 oinks, could be messier. I do manage to get paint in my hair though. Very easy. Takes about 30 minutes per flower.
Each petal is cut from regular 8×11 paper, free form “teardrop” shape. The outside petals take 1/4 of the sheet, the inside ones, 1/6th. I advise at least 5 petals of each size (10 total). I stack the paper and do them all at once. I cut waves into the edges too.
Lightly fold the paper in 4ths for the larger petals:
And into 6ths for the smaller, inside petals (fold in half, then into thirds):
Using two colors of watered down craft acrylic paint, I quickly paint each side of the petals. The water helps to blend the colors. Just follow the form of the petal with your strokes. Only use one brush for both colors. Don’t worry too much how it looks.
I used more darker color on the smaller inside petals, and went lighter on the outside. More water mixed in lightens the paint too.
Find a center stick. I have a bunch of old dried stems lying around that I use. But a skewer stick will work too (or a stick from your yard–even better). The larger the flower, the larger the diameter the stick.
I use a paint brush handle to roll the paper edges.
Low temp glue glue gun, my best friend. Attach the petals by gluing at the base.
If the paper tears a bit, just dab with glue to seal it. Keep working around until you like it.
I used more glue and then florist tape to secure it more to the stick.
Some of my other large, and very small, paper flowers…