We had a little kid's garden party here recently.I thought I would nip into Spotlight and buy a heap of fake flowers for decoration … until I saw the price. They were lovely but at $15 per stem they were not going to fit our teeny budget.
So onto plan B.
Just pretty and perfect if you are a bit on the lazy side and fancy a quick project like me!
You will need:
3 packets of crepe paper (1 main flower colour and 2 shades of green for leaves)
1 elastic band
open out your main flower colour sheet of crepe paper
gently stretch the top half of the paper being careful not to tear it
don't worry if you do tear it - just trim it to be a smooth curve shape and keep going
it will add character to your flower
roll over the end of the crepe paper a couple of times to form a little tube
keep rolling but as you roll scrunch/pleat the crepe paper with your fingers and push it into the roll.
keep hold of the bottom
it should start to look something like this
Keep rolling and scrunching until you get close to the end of the crepe paper
As you get to the end of the roll of crepe paper, trim the corner off so it has a softer, more rounded appearance
Keep rolling until you get to the end
you can either tie an elastic band around the bottom of your flower to keep it together whist you prepare the leaves or just give it a really good squeeze - it should keep it's shape.
unroll a section of each of the green (leaf colour) crepe paper and place them on top of each other
cut out two leaf shapes (rough is fine). The base of my leaves are around 20cm (8 inches) and I cut them half way up the roll so that I could get the other leaf from the top half
you should have 4 leaves - two of each colour
stretch the tops of the leaves as you did the main flower
Using the same technique as before, take a leaf and roll & scrunch it around the bottom of your flower
I placed the lighter leaves on the inside and the darker leaves on the outside
and positioned them so that they were spread around the flower and not directly on top of each other
when you are happy with how it looks, tie an elastic band around the base of the flower so that it holds all of the leaves and the main flower
And that is it!
So simple and really effective.
- hang them - slide some string through the elastic band
- bunch them together
- throw them on a table
- make heaps and be surrounded by a little bit of spring regardless of the time of year!