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.

Advertisement
crepe-paper-bulbs-0515

THE TOOLS

  • Plastic sandwich bags
  • White sand
  • White floral tape
  • Double-sided crepe paper in the color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Wire cutters
  • White-wrapped floral wire (preferably 22 gauge)
  • Vessel of your choice
Crepe Paper Bulbs and Flowers - Tools

HOW-TO

​1. Fill a sandwich bag with about 1/4 cup of sand. Wrap just above the sand with white floral tape.

Crepe Paper Bulbs and Flowers - Step 1

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.

Crepe Paper Bulbs and Flowers - Step 2

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.

Crepe Paper Bulbs and Flowers - Step 3

4. Use white floral tape to smooth the transition from the paper to the wire. Repeat for each flower.

Crepe Paper Bulbs and Flowers - Step 4

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.

Crepe Paper Bulbs and Flowers - Step 5

6. Cut long leaves (with the grain of the paper) and glue around the floral tape.

Crepe Paper Bulbs and Flowers - Step 6

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.

crepe-paper-step7-0515

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.

crepe-paper-final-1-0515

Comments

Be the first to comment!