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Paper Poppies and Peonies

Delicate paper flowers may not have the sweet-smelling fragrance of their living counterparts, but they'll certainly last a lot longer. Try crafting a paper peony or poppy -- or both! -- for someone special in your life.
The Martha Stewart Show

 

Delicate paper flowers may not have the sweet-smelling fragrance of their living counterparts, but they'll certainly last a lot longer. Try crafting a paper peony or poppy -- or both! -- for someone special in your life.

Tools and Materials

  • Rotary cutter
  • Tissue paper
  • Ruler
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Drying rack
  • Scissors
  • 18-gauge floral wire
  • Safety cotton swab
  • Floral tape
  • Crepe paper
  • Fringe scissors
  • Scallop-edged scissors
  • Leaf templates
  • Cardstock
  • Heavyweight craft paper
  • Bone folder
  • 20-gauge floral wire

How-To
1. With a rotary cutter, cut four 3-inch by 20-inch strips of tissue paper. Fold strips using a 1 1/2 -inch accordion fold.

2. Mix a one to one solution of bleach and water. Along one folded edge, submerge half of folded tissue paper into solution. Once desired shade is reached, remove paper from solution, unfold, and hang to dry.

3. To create flower stamen, cut off one end of a safety swab and slide onto end of a 10-inch length of 18-gauge floral wire. Secure swab to wire with floral tape and continue wrapping down length of floral wire, covering entire stem.

4. With scissors, cut out two 1-inch by 1-inch squares of yellow tissue paper. Stack squares together and wrap over cotton-tipped swab. Secure with floral tape.

5. Cut a 1-inch by 4-inch strip of yellow crepe paper and fringe long edge with fringe scissors. Wrap fringed strip around covered swab and secure with floral tape.

6. Once bleached tissue is dry, crush each strip into a ball in the palm of your hand and then unfurl. On a smooth surface, use fingers to crinkle each strip into a small uneven accordion fold.

7. Crimp one edge of each crinkled strip to create a fan-shaped petal. Using floral tape, attach petals around the prepared stamen, overlapping slightly to create flower. Fluff petals as desired.

8. To create leaf, print and cut poppy leaf template from cardstock and trace on to heavyweight craft paper. Cut leaf from paper with scissors, score as indicated by dotted lines on template and fold to create veins. Cover a 4-inch piece of 20-gauge floral wire with floral tape and attach to back of leaf with hot glue. Cover glue with 3/4-inch by 1 1/2 -inch strip of green tissue paper. Attach leaf to flower stem with floral tape.


Resources
Tissue paper available from Nashville Wraps and Paper Presentation. Crepe paper available from Castle in the Air. Fringe scissors available from Martha Stewart Crafts. Scalloped "Clouds" scissors available from Fiskars. Safety cotton swabs available from drugstores and supermarkets.

 

Comments (7)

  • EmmaFab 4 May, 2012

    These are the instructions for the poppies. Where are the typed instructions for the peonies? I would love to make the peonies.

  • DiGalan 27 Mar, 2011

    I love this idea, we make Mexican decorations with tissue paper and I will add this one to it too.

  • shearsnip 27 Mar, 2011

    Hobbylobby is supposed to carry it

  • shearsnip 27 Mar, 2011

    Crepe Paper is tissue paper coated with sizing and then gathered to create the "crepe" look. Sizing is a adheasive material such as glue, starch, and gum which is then added to the pulp of paper. The difference between untreated tissue and crepe paper is the texture and elasiticity. Crepe paper comes in an array of colors

  • vilma 22 Feb, 2011

    its not tissue paper, it is crepe

  • kerbopspawsofdeath 9 Feb, 2011

    what kind did u use? u can get a lg pack of quality tissue for @10$ at joanns, but im broke so i hope what i already have is ok. im gonna try polkadots

  • esprit32 8 Feb, 2011

    my tissue paper just dissolves I have lessened the ratio even, to 2 to 1 thinking that was problem and that doesn't help, do I need special tissue paper?