Nothing makes a statement like something unexpectedly immense, so we've taken the idea of a basic paper flower and elevated it with vivid fabrics and an outrageously oversized scale. This is a true floral fantasy fit for Alice's Wonderland adventures and it can be the perfect décor for practically any summer party. Our larger-than-life lily can stand alone as the center of attention, or you can make several. The giant flowers can adorn an outdoor garden party, festive BBQ or children's pool party. Or take them indoors for a birthday party or baby shower. They make great props for an interactive photo booth or run them down the center over your long table scape as a centerpiece. Guide your guests toward the party by "planting" them along your walkway.
Our lavish lilies were placed in classic pots, but these fun flowers work just as well attached to a wooden stake and secured into the ground. We used bright solid shades, but it's up to you to personalize your petals any way you like them with stripes, florals, polka dots or paisley. If you've made paper flowers in the past, some of the skills are similar; and if you haven't, no worries. This is a party idea that anyone can recreate.
- Cotton fabric in colors of your choice. (We used two shades of green, a pink, and a dark blue with dots.)
- 18-gauge floral wire
- White and green floral tape
- Wire cutters
- Craft knife and scissors
- Iron and ironing surface
- ¼" armature wire (available at craft supply stores)
- Ultra-bond iron-on adhesive
After printing your templates, increase their size to about 14 inches long. Cut two pieces of fabric and a piece of the iron-on adhesive into rectangle shapes, slightly larger than the petal. If your fabric is wrinkled, iron it before moving on. Next, place the iron-on adhesive shiny side down to one piece of fabric and follow the instructions on the package to adhere it in place. Once cool, remove the protective paper and place a straight wire in the center, sticking out past the edge of the fabric by about 6 inches. Place the second piece of fabric over the wire and adhesive. Carefully iron, keeping the wire in place and using the edge of the iron to adhere around the contours of the wire. Repeat on both sides.
Repeat step 1 to make six petals and approximately five to seven leaves. You may need to use your craft knife to remove any cloth/adhesive that is stuck to the wire at the bottom of your shape.
To make your stamens, cut a piece of darker fabric 5 inches by 5 inches in size. Fold a length of wire in half and tuck a small bit of poly stuffing in the fold. Gather the fabric around the stuffing and wire, and then cover the bottom with white floral tape. Continue wrapping with the floral tape down the length of wire.
Cut a 4-foot long piece of your armature wire. Starting one at a time, attach each stamen to the end of the armature wire using green floral tape.
After your stamens are attached, start assembling the petals. Working one at a time, attach the first petal to the same connection point you attached the stamen.
Your flower's first tier should include three petals, evenly spaced around the stem. It's important to firmly secure them in place by wrapping the floral tape across the entire length of the petal's wire to the armature wire, one at a time.
Connect the remaining three petals in the in-between spaces you created with the first three, making sure you are connecting at the same point and fully wrapping with tape. Move on to attach the leaves, adding a new leaf every few inches as you move down the stem.
Continue adding leaves.
Once your flower and leaves are all attached, you can shape and style them. Give each a slight curve and adjust the placement until you get the desired effect. We planted our oversized fabric flower in an 8-inch pot. Line the bottom of the pot with thick foam and fill in the pot with gravel. Both elements are important to hold up the flower, as the weight of the gravel counterbalances the weight of the flower and the foam helps hold it in place.
Alternatively, you can attach the stem of the flower to a stake to place them directly into the ground. These will hold up great indoors. However, if you're using them outside, take note of the wind and double up the stem wire if you're in a windy spot.
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