Written by Kathleen Ballos of Snowdrop & Co
I love making paper flowers but often I find they take way too long to create. These whimsical flowers are a bit less labor intensive—instead of cutting crepe-paper petals, I used styrofoam and ping-pong balls to make up the majority of the flower. If you’re looking to make a handmade bouquet for Valentine’s Day this year, try your hand at these modern flowers!
Click through for the step-by-step instructions …
• Floral wire
• Hot glue gun
• Ping pong and/or styrofoam balls
• Yellow card stock
• White card stock
• Yellow crepe paper
• Wire cutters
• Craft knife
• White glue
• White floral tape
1. Paint your styrofoam and ping-pong balls; I cut some in half with a craft knife and left some as is. Let dry.
2. Cut rough circles out of both the yellow card stock and crepe paper, no bigger than the diameter of a ping-pong ball. Cut snips into the center making a fringed edge. Each flower needs at least one yellow circle, but cut a few extra to play with.
3. Scrunch the fringed edge into the middle and glue to the centers of the flowers. Try mixing and matching crepe and card stock until you’re happy with the look.
4. Cut leaves out of white card stock, about 1″ to 1 1/2″ long. Fold a crease down the center of each.
5. Wrap white floral tape around a piece of floral wire and bend the top down about 1/2″ as shown.
6. Hot glue a flower to the bent wire and glue a few leaves around it.
7. To add more stems onto the main floral wire, wrap additional pieces of wire with white floral tape. I left a small loop at the top to secure to the flowers.
8. Continue to attach flowers onto stems with hot glue and then the stems onto the main stem with floral tape. Make a few stems and then arrange in a vase or jar.
More Valentine’s Day Ideas:
• DIY: Paper Flower Valentines with Candy Stems (Smarties!)
• Recipe: Painted-Heart Sugar Cookies
• DIY: Valentine Mail Bag
• DIY: No-Sew Valentine Treat Bags