Paper Flowers

The flowers above are part of the i LightUp Marina Bay in Singapore. 

At night they are illuminated but I really prefer the white purity of the flowers during daylight.  They contrast beautifully with the bright green foliage and blue skyscrapers. .

I made a very simple and quick version for my granddaughter from greaseproof paper. She has danced with it every day since so it’s very durable! 

It’s also very easy and something you can enjoy as a family activity. 

All you need is some greaseproof paper, a straw, pipecleaner or wooden skewer for the stalk and some glue and a rubber band. A blob of playdough or blutack helps but not essential.

I simply used different sized plates to draw round as templates and cut out four concentric circles from the greaseproof paper.  The size depends on how big you want the finished flower.  Then all you do is place one circle on top of another and make a small hole through the the Centre.  Push the straw (or whatever you have chosen to be the ‘stem’) through the Centre. 

Then it’s simply a matter of scrunching the Centre of the circles together around the stem. A blob of blutack or playdough may help to hold the circles together and stop them coming off the stem.   The more you scrunch the better!  Then I just bind an elastic band to hold the base of the circles to the stem and stick a crumpled bit of tissue to the Centre of the flower. That’s it! 



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