Paper posies

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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!

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What you’ll need: Crepe paper, floral wire or pipe cleaners, scissors and lace tape (optional).

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1. Cut the crepe paper lengthwise – the width should be about 21.5cm. Make two more.

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2. Cut the strips you just made in half – you should now have six pieces of crepe paper measuring 21.5cm X 25cm.

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3. Stack the pieces on top of one another. Fold the stack accordion-style. The height of each fold should be about 2cm.

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4. Twist a floral wire (or pipe cleaner) across the centre of the folded stack to secure it in place.

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5. Snip the edges of the folded stack into rounded points.

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6. Very gently, fluff out the folded crepe paper.

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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.

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8. To give your flower more shape, pinch the stem and secure it with some lace tape.

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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.

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