The materials were less than $3 (and with that, you could make SEVERAL large flowers) and the whole process took less than 15 minutes. Let's get started!
1 cardstock circle to be the base of your flower (whatever size you want)
Several layers of crepe paper for the petals - be sure to have the lines of the crepe paper running vertically
- 12 large petals (good rule of thumb is to have them be about the same size as your base)
- 6 medium petals
- 10 small petals
- 1 frilled strip
- 1 balled piece
1. Gently pull the center of the petals between your two thumbs so that they curve ever so slightly like a little dish
2. Start gluing the petals around the circumference of the cardstock circle
3. Continue gluing the petals around the circle until it's completed filled in.
4. Apply a circle of glue along the inside of the ring of petals -- fill in the center by using up the rest of the large petals.
5. Repeat step four with the medium sized petals.
a close-up of the fluffy texture that's being created!:
6. Repeat, but this time use the smallest petals.
7. Put a small dab of glue on one end of your strip of frayed paper. Put the crumpled piece onto the glue and roll the strip around it; at the end apply another dab of glue.
8. Affix this piece into the center of the flower. Once it's dry, you've got one heck of a pretty flower.
You can use the same method but with different shaped petals to create a variety of flowers.
Plain petal shapes -- Dahlia | Frayed circular petals -- Peony | Puckered edge petals -- Rose
Ahhh <3 Don't they look plenty better than a plain old bow? I sure think so.
Use double-sided tape to attach your flower to the top of your gifts. You better buy something nice because this present will not get lost in the shuffle; it'll command attention. Be expected to hear several oohs and ahhs during the course of the party because it's sure to please.
As I mentioned, I originally made one of these simple crepe paper flowers for my soon-to-be sister in law. I think people put a lot of effort into the gifts they give (at least I hope they do) but I think it's just as important to consider how a gift is presented which is why I wanted to give something beautiful. One of the bride & groom's wedding colors is tan so I went with the classic tan and white for her shower gift. I loved it and I'm pretty sure that she did as well. She is going to make one gorgeous bride and she deserved a gorgeously wrapped gift.
For other pretty gift wrap ideas, take a look at my Pretty Packaging Pinterest board as well as the inspiration board that I created on TheInspirationBoard.com.
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