Lovely lilies of the valley, in crepe paper form, offer a cheery addition to spring decor. This how-to comes from TV crafter Morgan Levine.
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2011
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With paper clips, secure each element of the template to an appropriate shade of crepe paper, aligning the arrows with the grain of the paper, and cut out with scissors in the quantity indicated.
With Fabri-Tac, attach wide end of stamen piece to one end of 18-inch piece of 18-gauge paper-wrapped floral wire, and wrap down wire about 6 inches. Secure end in place with Fabri-Tac.
To create the bulbous bottom portion of each flower, place thumbs and forefingers together in the center of the petal piece, 3 inches from the bottom. Applying light pressure and moving outward, pull toward either edge, stretching the crepe paper as you go.
Run a bead of Fabri-Tac adhesive down the tabbed edge of the petal piece, and bring both edges together to make a cylinder.
Insert stamen-wrapped floral wire through bottom of cylinder and pinch bottom of crepe paper around base of stamen. Secure with floral tape, continuing to wrap floral tape halfway down floral wire.
Insert hand into cylinder and use fingers to shape the base of the flower.
Shape the scalloped edge of each flower by holding each scallop at the base with the thumb and forefinger and stretching outward, along the petal. Curl the petals by rolling each one around a pencil.
To create the main stem, wrap a 24-inch-long 1/4-inch wooden dowel with floral tape.
Bend each bloom over, attaching the first bloom at the top of the main stem with floral tape. Continue adding blooms (a total of five) below the first, staggering them as you go and securing each with floral tape.
With floral tape, attach each of the three leaves to a 9-inch piece of paper-wrapped floral wire. Then, using more floral tape, attach two leaves flush with the bottom of the dowel and the third and final leaf 1/3 of the way up the dowel.
Place a large Styrofoam ball in desired flower pot so that it fits snuggly. Insert end of dowel into ball to secure lilies upright, and cover ball with crepe paper shred made by cutting thin strips of crepe paper with scissors.