DIY Ombre Plum Blossoms from Paper to Petal

by Grace Bonney

Our team has been obsessing over our copy of Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell’s new book, Paper to Petal. Not only is it chock-full of simple and easy ways to create paper flowers (so many of which are great for crafters of all ages) but it’s also brimming with incredible ideas that are slightly more complicated that yield such incredible results. My favorite example is this stunning Ombre Plum Blossoms project from the book that Rebecca and Patrick were kind enough to share with us today. It’s one of 75 projects in the book and would be perfect for setting a fall tabletop without having to clean up berries and pods after dinner. I can’t wait to tackle this for our office and I hope you guys will give this a spin if you need a fun craft project for the weekend. Click here to check out
Paper to Petal online and order a copy- we’ve been flipping through ours nonstop and can’t get enough. Thanks, Rebecca & Patrick! xo, grace

Ombré Plum Blossoms from PAPER TO PETAL book

• Single-ply crepe paper in white, lavender, purple, and royal purple: http://www.blumchen.com/craft_shop_crepe_paper_pg2.html, http://www.misterart.com/paper-boards/hobby-decorative-paper/craft-paper/tissue-paper/cindus-crepe-paper-folds.html
• Florist crepe paper in orchid and plum:
• Floral tape stem wrap in brown: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/stemwrap4.html
• Found branch

• Hot glue gun: http://shop.marthastewart.com/Martha-Stewart-Crafts-Glue-Gun-And/A/B00315X120.htm
• Scissors

Template #167


Crepe paper grain (the vertical ridges in the paper) runs with height; all dimensions are given as H × W. Cut sixty 1 3/4″ × 1 1/4″ (4.5cm × 3cm) strips from royal purple single-ply crepe. Cut sixty 1″ × 1 1/4″ (2.5cm × 3cm) strips from white single-ply crepe. Finely hand-cut fringe with the grain, approximately 1/16” (0.16cm) wide and 3/4 of the way down each strip of white crepe. Petal #167: Cut twelve 2″ × 6 1/2″ (5cm × 16.5cm) strips from each of the 5 purple-toned crepe papers; accordion-fold strips to fit template and cut continuous petals. To cut continuous petals: Align the base of the template with the bottom of the folded paper, clip the template to the paper, and cut around the shape leaving the base of the paper folds uncut. When using florist crepe, stretch the paper strips slightly before cutting the petals to remove some of the gathers and bulk.

Secure all layers with floral tape. 1. Make a Rolled Center by folding the purple 1 3/4″ × 1 1/4″ (4.5cm × 3cm) strip in half, against the grain, and roll it with the folded edge up, creating a visible coil, pinch tightly. 2. Gather and Wrap the white fringe around the Rolled Center. To Gather and Wrap: Start by placing the Rolled Center at the base of 1 end of a paper strip, supporting both between thumb and index finger. With your other hand, begin gathering the strip of paper against the Rolled Center while rotating the flower slowly as you pinch and wrap the paper around the Rolled Center until you reach the end of the strip. Hold it firmly together and tightly tape it using a 2” (5cm) length of floral tape at the base of the flower, as shown, to prevent slipping. How to use floral tape: Firmly but gently stretching the tape as you wrap is crucial to release the adhesive that makes the tape stick to itself. Place a short length of tape on the base of the prepared flower center and begin wrapping it around the base by spinning the stem (not moving the tape around the stem). With one hand, hold and slowly twist the base of your flower while applying pressure to the tape with your fingers. The opposite hand stretches the tape as you work. Continue to hold the petals in place and catch the base of the strip in the tape while spinning the stem, wrapping the tape tightly around the base of the flower a few times. Overlap the tape as you wrap, maintaining pressure with your fingers to prevent unraveling. Continue wrapping down at a slight diagonal, making sure to continually and gently pull the tape as you progress. Make a few fingernail scores at the end of each length of tape to help it adhere. 3. Gather and Wrap a continuous petal strip evenly around the completed center and secure tightly with an additional piece of floral tape. Fan out and Cup petals slightly. To Cup: Lightly grasp the center of each petal at its widest point between the thumbs and index fingers of both hands. Gently slide your thumbs and index fingers away from one another, gently pulling from the center out, coaxing the folds of the paper apart. 4. Snip off the end of the tape and paper, leaving 1/4″ (6mm) tape at the base, as shown, to create a short stem. Repeat all steps to complete 60 flowers.

Project Note
To secure blossoms to the branch, dab a small amount of hot glue on the base of the flower stem, and place on a branch in a desired location. Hold until secure. To complete the ombré effect, secure the lightest flowers to the top of the branch, and work from light to dark as you progress down the branch. To make the buds, cut an additional strip of Petal #167 and snip off 2 petals. Gather and Wrap the 2 petals around a piece of white fringe and secure with tape. Snip off the end of the tape, leaving 1/4″ (6mm) of tape at the base and attach to the branch with hot glue. This project looks lovely in any color combination. Try making branches in these palette ideas: light to dark pink, yellow to green, pale blue to deep blue.

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