These paper flowers by Luna artistry are gorgeous for a springtime celebration. Follow our step-by-step guide and create an entire bouquet.
- high-quality colour crepe paper in a colour of your choice for the petals
- high-quality colour crepe paper in a yellow colour for the stamen
- cardboard for peony base
- glue gun and glue sticks
Finished size: 10-15cm diameter. (Enlarge the templates according to desired size.)
Tip: Before you start: crepe paper is directional so it matters which way you’re cutting the paper. Make sure the grain is vertical when you’re cutting the flower pieces. Crepe paper can be cut out in layers of 3.
1. Petals and base
Cut the templates out of the cardboard for the petals and base. Staple the petal templates to your colour crepe paper
for easier cutting out. Cut out quantities as directed on the template of each petal.
2. Shape the petals
Cupping: With both hands, hold either side of a petal with your thumbs and forefingers. Slowly pull from the centre of the petal outwards. Only pull in the centre of the petal. This will create a cupping of the paper (this gives it the petal-like quality). Stretching to the edge of the petal will make it lose its shape.
Fluting: Hold the top edge of the cupped petal between the thumbs and forefingers of both hands, with hands close
together. Stretch the paper width-wise along the edge of the petal. Repeat every centimetre or so, stretching in the opposite direction each time.
3. Fringe the stamen
For the stamen, cut a piece of yellow crepe paper in a rectangle 21cm long and 3cm wide.
Use fringe scissors or cut in 1mm increments, cut 2cm in the width. Use a toothpick and roll the frayed piece around itself in a spiral.
4. Create the peony
Start with the petal numbered 1. Glue the first petal to the outside edge of the cardboard in a circle. Glue each petal so that it slightly overlaps the one before. Use all the petals numbered 1. Then work your way down the numbers. Continue sticking petals around the cardboard in a spiral to create layers until you get to the middle. You should now have a small space for the stamen. Glue the spiral stamen in place right in the centre.
FEATURE: LUNA ARTISTRY, [email protected] PHOTOS: DYLAN SWART
Magazine issue date: September, 2016