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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.