Finish up the flower
While holding on to the edge of the strip (the base) with your left hand, with your right hand start wrapping the strip in a tight coil, forming a center. Use glue as you wrap to keep the pieces tight and intact. Continue to keep the base pinched with your fingers. When there is about 2 in (5 cm) left of the crepe paper, fold the rest to create a little stem (see Fig. 4).
Make the leaves
Cut two 3-in (7.5-cm)-square sheets from the green cover-weight paper. Cut a 4-in (10-cm) length of floral wire and lay it so that 1 in (2.5 cm) of the end of the wire is atop one of the green sheets. Apply glue to the other green sheet and attach so the wire is sandwiched in between (see Fig. 5).
Using scissors, cut a leaf shape out of the sandwiched green cover-weight paper, leaving the wire to stick out as the stem (see Fig. 6).
Align the wire stem with the paper stem from the flower base. Get the wire as close to the base of the flower as possible. Wrap the wire around the flower to create the rest of the flower stem. Use the green floral tape to wrap the base of the flower and stem. Using a pencil, curl the flower strips gently for a fluffier look. With a pen, write the name of the recipient on the leaf (see Fig. 7).
Add to the wrapped gift look by tying ribbon around the stem and then finishing with a bow, if desired. Or attach the flower gift tag to a present with a dab of hot glue.
- Tissue paper works well, too. Use decorative edge scissors to create a different texture. You can use the same method and play with different edges, creating unique looks for each flower.
- Add more than one flower, making a smaller, budlike flower and extra leaves.
- These can also be used as place cards at parties.
- Attach pins to the back with a hot glue gun so guests can wear them like boutonnieres.
- Make a flower corsage by extending the ribbon. Wear it on your wrist.
Excerpted from Paper + Craft by Minhee and Truman Cho of Paper + Cup with Randi Brookman Harris Copyright © 2010. Excerpted by permission of Chronicle Books. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.