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Scented Paper Flowers

Take a closer look (and sniff) at these blooming beauties -- they give off a rich floral scent, just like the real thing.

Photography: Manal Aman

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Unlike essential oils, which are extracts of plants and fruits, fragrance oils can synthetically recreate almost any aroma imagineable. Plus, they're relatively inexpensive and emit a longer-lasting scent, making them perfect for these DIY paper flowers. There are dozens of scents on the market -- all of which are available at craft stores and online. For the spring, we like bluebonnet, gardenia, honeysuckle, lilac, or flowering dogwood -- but feel free to pick and choose the best fragrance that corresponds to your flower. Use scents alone or in combinations. Remember this tip to mixing scents: add the oil with the less-intense scent first, followed by the stronger kind, one drop at a time.

materials

  • 18-gauge floral wire
  • Cutting pliers
  • Floral tape
  • Crepe paper streamers in light blue, light pink, fuchsia
  • Crepe paper in blush pink
  • Cotton balls
  • Fragrance oil
  • Scissors

steps

  1. Use pliers to cut floral wire to desired length.

  2. Cut out a piece of square from the blush pink crepe paper, making sure that when the cotton ball is placed on the square, an inch of space is left on all four sides.

  3. Dab a single cotton ball with a small amount of fragrance oil. Depending on the quality of fragrance oil, a drop or two is enough.

  4. Center the cotton ball onto the floral wire and place the square piece of crepe paper on top. Fold the edges of the crepe paper tightly around the floral wire and secure with floral tape to form the button stamen.

  5. Cut a 9" piece from the crepe paper streamer and fringe it with scissors.

  6. Place one end of the fringed streamer on the floral wire and scrunch the streamer while wrapping it around the wire; secure with floral tape; repeat this step with another fringed streamer in a different color.

  7. Wrap floral tape down the length of the flower stem to finish the paper flower.

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