Paper flower making can be fun, it can be relaxing, and it can take considerable talent to turn them out. The flowers can last a long time, add colour and beauty to a room, and can make a lovely, personalised gift. All it takes to make them is paper and a little time. What’s not to like?
Paper flower making has plenty of scope for letting the imagination run wild. Almost any type of flower can be made with paper, from carnations and cabbage roses to peonies and poppies. They can be made out of card, paper, newspapers, recycled paper, tissue or crepe paper, and can look almost like the real thing and certainly last longer. They can be used to decorate gifts, form a long-lasting bouquet, or be used as a hair decoration.
How to display paper flowers
Paper flowers obviously do not need water to keep them alive, so why stick to a conventional vase when putting them on display? Considering the time and effort that goes into making each flower, they deserve pride of place in any home. Look at objects differently and there will be plenty of items available around the home that can take the place of a vase and really individualise the masterpiece that is the paper flower.
An empty wine bottle is perfect for those long-stemmed flowers, such as lilies or tulips, that look good as a small group. These look best in a country-style kitchen, displayed on a table, dresser or a windowsill. For a really rustic look, reuse empty tin cans – with or without their labels – for short-stemmed flowers such as daisies. Again this will look best in a kitchen area, especially if the labels are kept on. Perhaps not quite so aesthetically pleasing, but useful nonetheless, is an empty soft drink or water bottle. Go quirky and use a squat teapot for those flowers that have an abundance of petals, as the volume of the flowers will complement the rotundness of the pot. A coffee pot works equally well. Try an empty popcorn carton for tall flowers, which will create a perfect display for any retro living room. Other kitchen and dining ware could make the base for a great display, such as gravy boats, sugar bowls, pitchers and jugs.
Image from Married 2 Craft blog
For a vintage look, retrieve some of those elegant champagne flutes and other crystal glasses that lie at the back of the cupboard. These make an elegant setting for a single flower and can even look like a petite version of a regular crystal vase. They will add a touch of sophistication and are perfect for living rooms, dining rooms and even bedrooms. For a more simple yet just as vintage look, use plain glass jars and bottles. For something a little different, why not try tying twine or copper wire around the necks of the jars and bottles and suspending them from the ceiling to create a hanging display of flowers?
Let me know if you try making your own paper flowers and how you prefer to display them – tweet me @CassiefairyTutu with your photos 🙂
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