Fresh blooms are great, but paper posies last through the year. Make a bouquet for mum; she’ll love the fuss-free factor. Warning: these crepe flowers can get addictive to make!
What you’ll need: Crepe paper, floral wire or pipe cleaners, scissors and lace tape (optional).
1. Cut the crepe paper lengthwise – the width should be about 21.5cm. Make two more.
2. Cut the strips you just made in half – you should now have six pieces of crepe paper measuring 21.5cm X 25cm.
3. Stack the pieces on top of one another. Fold the stack accordion-style. The height of each fold should be about 2cm.
4. Twist a floral wire (or pipe cleaner) across the centre of the folded stack to secure it in place.
5. Snip the edges of the folded stack into rounded points.
6. Very gently, fluff out the folded crepe paper.
7. Peel the layers upwards one by one, making sure not to cause any tears in the paper. Practise makes perfect – go as slow as possible and as gently as you can as the layers tend to stick to one another.
8. To give your flower more shape, pinch the stem and secure it with some lace tape.
9. Experiment with different colours. Add a leaf-shaped card if you wish.
* Published in the Craftypedia column in Star2 (thestar.com.my) on May 8, 2013.