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HOW TO MAKE PAPER FLOWERS
Used generally to embellish the house or table, paper flowers are also the protagonists of the traditional Feast of Saint Joseph, where the streets are decorated with lots of crepe paper flowers. to create realistic paper flowers it is necessary first of all to look carefully at the flower to be reproduced by identifying the fundamental parts (stem, leaves, corolla, stamens, pistils).
The material to be used depends very much on the type of composition that you intend to make, however there are things you need to have in any case.
• PAPER: crepe paper is undoubtedly the most suitable for the purpose because it is resistant and elastic. In stores you can find various weights and many colors, although to give a realistic touch to your flowers you need to get green paper for leaves and stems. As an alternative to crepe paper it is possible to use plain paper but also tissue paper or rice paper, which being more fragile are also more difficult to model.
• PAPER SCISSORS
• IRON WIRE: the thin one is needed (to tighten the base of the petals with the stem) and the 7 mm thick thread used by florists
• PLASTIC TUBE: it must be foldable and hollow, but it is optional and can be used to cover flower stems
• CUTTERS: to cut the excess wire
• STITCHER: to weld the iron wire, but its use is limited to more complex and refined compositions.
• NYLON WIRE
• PAPER ADHESIVE TAPE
• GUTTAPERCA RIBBON: it is necessary to have a green color and it is easily available from florists
• GLUE: the classic vinavil is also fine but for more elaborate work it is preferable to use hot glue with the relative gun, provided it is small.
• SYNTHETIC SPONGE
Being a good part of the expression of fantasy, the creation of paper flowers does not have a unique and well-defined method. Below we will see how to make the flower par excellence, the rose, with a very fast and simple technique. First cut a few strips of crepe paper of approximately 20x10 cm by folding them in half. Secure each strip to the 7 mm wire by wrapping it around the end to create a spiral. With the green gutta-percha tape, block the spiral at the base and widen the upper part of the crepe paper to give the rose its typical appearance. Once the corolla is finished, pass to the stem: cover the thick iron wire fixed to the base of the corolla with green crepe paper or, alternatively, gutta-percha ribbon, with which the base of the corolla and the leaves must also be covered, attached on the stem with thin iron wire. Last, but not least, the placement in the vase, which must be proportionate to the composition. Place the synthetic florist sponge in the vase and gently insert the paper flowers and cover the surface with moss, fake grass, gravel or other materials as desired.
How to make paper flowers: VARIATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS
The techniques for creating paper flowers are many, often individual. Among the most known is the technique of origami, in which the flowers are made by folding the paper according to a precise order, while among the novelties there is the quilling (literally paper watermark), a technique that consists in the spurting on themselves, small strips of plain paper, gluing the ends together and then giving it the desired shape. There are so many variations in the floral world: if, for example, you want to make paper flowers with single petals, cut the paper of the desired shape and roll the ends of the petal for a few seconds in order to bend the tip, or stretch the outer part of the petal by pressing in the center if you want concave petals. If you want to give a mottled tone to your paper flowers, just fade the crepe paper colored with water and varichina using a bristle brush, or dye the white one with stamp pads and then curl the paper on itself, or join two sheets of crepe paper of different colors and moisten them making them stick and then detaching them once dried, creating a melange of colors. If the flowers you want to make include the stamens, you can create them by cutting a strip of crepe paper into small fringes that you will have to fasten with the nylon thread to the stem. To further adorn your flowers you can also paint the paper with watercolors or apply ribbons. To avoid the unpleasant dust produced by the synthetic sponge once it has been pierced, I recommend dampening it and covering it with aluminum.