By: Jenny Batt, of Hank and Hunt
So, I haven’t quite finished all of my shopping yet, but I have already started wrapping. Since my wrapping paper theme this year is all about the merry and bright, I knew I needed something fun for the top. I love working with crepe paper to make flowers and I wanted to try to make a poinsettia. It is quick and easy and since I am using crepe paper streamers, incredibly cost effective. I love the off-white cream shade with a pop of gold tinsel in the center.
You will need: a crepe paper streamer, scissors, twine and tinsel ribbon.
Step 1: We are basically making a Poinsettia, but it could be any large flower. To make it more authentic, stick to colors that poinsettias would be, like red, light pink or white.
Step 2: Cut 16 short lengths of crepe paper streamer. Stack and trim to about 7 inches.
Step 3: Separate and stack 4 sets of 4 pieces. Fold in half. Cut into petal shape from the fold. Repeat for all sets.
Step 4: Unfold each set and twist gently in the center. Repeat for all sets.
Step 5: Cut a strip of twine about 6″ long. Lay twine flat and layer the twisted sets of petals in an ‘X’ shape over the twine.
Step 6: Tie all the layers together in the center. Double knot on the backside of your flower.
Step 7: Cut a 4 inch strip of tinsel ribbon. This was a wired ribbon and I pulled out the wire, but you don’t have to.
Step 8: Tie the tinsel around the center of the flower and double knot, with the knot facing the front of the flower.
Step 9: Trim the ends of the tinsel but leave a short stub to mimic the center of the flower. Fluff and pull gently all the petals to form a flower.
Step 10: Keep arranging the petals until you are happy with the result. It should form a light and airy poinsettia.
Tie to any package. You can make the strips longer or shorter to make larger or smaller versions of these flowers. This simple flower is the perfect topper to my custom gift wrap from Minted. I can’t wait to share with my friends and family.