I came across a tutorial a while back about making giant paper flowers, and thought they were beautiful. They make unique bouquets for brides and they look striking, big, pieces of colour which can make a whole picture and also add a bit of fun.
I found the idea of giant paper flowers pretty inspiring, and my hands itched to try making one for myself, so I did and here’s how it turned out. I didn’t realise how fiddly the whole thing is though, so be warned! And you also need a LOT of floral wire and glue, and lots of patience, as it took me a few hours to make this rose (mainly due to waiting for glue to dry, pieces to be lined up etc etc.)
So here’s my tutorial on how to make a giant rose, although I can’t take all the credit as there was a very good tutorial here by Green Wedding Shoes, which was easy to follow, as well as the original step-by-step by the Martha Stewart blog. Please ‘scuse the carpet background, pictures were taken in the Spare Oom (which is currently unoccupied in my house and has decent lighting), it’s a good thing you can’t see the mess all over the floor and the newspaper scattered around.
You will need:
• 1 Roll of floral tape (I found mine on eBay)
• 6 x 18-gauge floral stem wire (again, from eBay)
• 4 x sheets of doublette crepe paper for petals, size is 10 x 49 inches per sheet (I bought mine here, but you don’t HAVE to use doublette paper because it’s not cheap, plain crepe paper works just as well if you don’t want the two-tone effect)
• 1 sheet of Doublette crepe paper in green for leaves, calyx, stem
• 1 round pencil (any colour, I don’t mind)
• Craft glue (I used a standard crafts glue which seems to work on everything, including my fingers)
• Crepe paper templates (download from Martha Stewart)
• 3 x copies of teardrop template
• 8 x copies of the heart-shaped template
• 2 x copies of the leaf template
• 1 x copy of the calyx template (the zig-zaggy one)
Gather your ingredients. Look at them. Aren’t they pretty?
Cut out your templates (the Martha Stewart template is only half the size, so make sure you blow them up when you copy them!)
You should now have: 8 x hearts, 3 x tear drops, 2 x leaf shapes and 1 x calyx template
Position them on the tissue paper and cut out, double up the paper so that 1 template cuts out two pieces of crepe.
Cut all the shapes out. Snip snip.
Collect three pieces of floral wire.
Using the floral tape to wrap around and bind together three pieces of stem wire. You may need to use the glue to secure it, but the floral wire is quite squishy and moulds together. Feels very leafy too!
Next get all the ‘petals’, heart and teardrop ones and stretch outwards from both sides so that they are slightly cupped and look more 3D.
Use a round pen to curl the edges, you may have to do this a couple of times.
Roll the edges of the petals (you may need to re-do some of these at the end!)
Get a teardrop petal and wrap it around the bottom of the stem. Use the floral tape and glue to secure it.
Repeat this with all of the teardop petals, rotating the step so that there is even coverage.
Once all the teardrops have been used up, use the heart shape pertal and wrap this from the base of the flower bud and secure.
It should start to look a little like this.
Repeat with all the heart petals until they have been used up. Make sure to secure with floral tape and glue, and ensure that there is even coverage all the way around.
Your flower should now be taking shape and becoming fuller, keep securing the petals with floral tape and glue.
See? All rose-y like.
Lastly secure the leaves onto the flower, you can stick them on floral wire with floral tape and then bind them to the step. Use crepe paper on the whole stem to hide the glue marks and make it neater.
And here’s a baby for scale, and my finished rose. She wouldn’t let go of the carrot, too busy nibbling it, but I like to think that it adds character to the whole picture.
Let me know if this is something you ever end up trying – I’d love to know how your attempt went!