Hello Crafters, and welcome back to the monthly paper craft sesh! In the spirit of sharing the love, this month’s craft is all about the blooms. And, in Paper Hawk fashion, we are up-cycling, and making a bouquet that will last long after the Valentine’s flowers have become compost - bonus! I hope you enjoy having a go at these, once you get the hang of the rolling and sticking, they’re REALLY easy to make, and if you run out of time/patience/biscuits, just two or three look very effective in an old jam jar or glass bottle.
So… how to do it…
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
A selection of papers / thin card that card be cut into between 15 and 20cm square pieces (the idea is to up-cycle any paper you may have lying about, so magazines, newspapers, old envelopes, wrapping paper - although not if it’s very thin as it will tear too easily - wallpaper, paper packaging, paper bags… whatever you can get your hands on!) I would aim for enough to make 6 blooms, so at least 6 sheets, plus 2-3 sheets at around A4 of a green colour to make the stems and leaves.
Pritt Stick type glue.
A nice cup of tea, some good tunes and some snacks ;)
Tear your square piece of paper to make a rough circle, as per the below photo…
Step two: Remember making those dangly, spiral snakes as a kid? Well, if so that’s pretty much what you do next! If not… tear around the circle in a spiral fashion until you get the the center, so that you have a final springy spiral shape. Don’t worry about keeping the width of the spiral too even, it makes the blooms more organic if the width varies a bit. Depending on the thickness / type of paper you use, the tearing might be more difficult - take it slowly and if the paper is too thin and not tearing well it might pay to find something a bit thicker.
Step three: Start rolling the spiral up, beginning from the end that you started tearing, until you get to the center point. Keep things quite tight as you go, and you should end up with something like the below right hand image.
Step four: Carefully let go of the bloom, and let it expand a little.
Step five: Pull back the bottom of the spiral and apply a good layer of glue, and then gently press the center of the spiral from the top to secure the paper (see below images). Hold this for a few moments to help stick - it may be that the middle stays a bit loose and springy, this is fine, just be gentle with the finished bloom!
Step six: The stem. Rip off a long section of your green paper, turn it over and glue down the length of the torn side. Then, starting from the bottom left corner, roll tightly on the diagonal until you meet the glued side and you have a long, thin, tube-like stem.
Step seven: Snip one end of the stem to make it square, then flatten out about 2cm worth of the tube. Take your scissors and snip inwards from the end, then fold the opposite way and do the same, so that you make a kind of cross that you can fold out as per the below images (this will make a base to attach to the bloom). Glue the cross, and attach to the bottom of the bloom, pressing firmly and holding for a few seconds to help it bind. Make sure you use plenty of glue to make this stick tightly.
Step eight: To make the leaf, fold a piece of the green paper in half, then rip a leaf shape so that the fold stays in the middle. You can then attach this to the stem with some glue, folding it out a little to make the leaf shape.
And, you’re done! Make just the one, or a whole bouquet - and ENJOY year-round blooms!
Thanks for crafting with me, and see you next month…! PH x