Crepe Paper Flower Bulbs
These handmade blooms by David Stark Design are as unexpected as they are elegant—and they're a cinch to make using basic tools and materials. "Planted" in a pot or vintage vessel, these works of art make a chic centerpiece or a fabulous gift for your bridal party that can be displayed long after your big day is over.
1. Fill a sandwich bag with about 1/4 cup of sand. Wrap just above the sand with white floral tape.
2. Cut several strips of crepe paper (about 3/4-inch wide) against the grain of the paper. Wrap the "bulb" with the strips, hot gluing where needed. Pull the paper taught as you work.
3. Using wire cutters, cut the floral wire to the length of your choice-these will be your stems. Then, make the flowers by cutting petal shapes from the crepe paper and gluing them one-by-one to the end of a wire "stem," working in layers. The long length of the petal should be parallel with the grain of the paper. Add as many as you like to make a larger flower.
4. Use white floral tape to smooth the transition from the paper to the wire. Repeat for each flower.
5. Cut off the plastic above the floral tape on the "bulb." Slip the wire down; you will feel it secure and catch in the sand. Repeat for all three stems.
6. Cut long leaves (with the grain of the paper) and glue around the floral tape.
7. Using a strip of crepe paper (cut against the grain of the paper), wrap and cover the connection of the leaves and secure with hot glue.
8. Finally, "plant" the bulbs and flowers in a container of your choice. We used this antique footed bowl and filled it with white sand-but the possibilities are endless.
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