Australian TV personality and craftwork expert, Tonia Todman, known to her followers as the Queen of Craft, has dropped by The Morning Show to encourage more of us to get creative around the home this month.
Tonia is collaborating with Spotlight to help celebrate self-expression and creativity with Make It March, in a bid to get more craft projects up and running.
See Tonia Todman show how to make paper flowers in the video player above
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Tonia joined Morning Show hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur and demonstrated how to make stunning DIY paper poppies.
“It’s really a theme of decorate, create and celebrate this month because there’s not much that you can do (craft wise) that doesn’t involve making the house more beautiful or you being creative,” Todman explained.
If you recreate your own version of these DIY paper flowers and upload them to Instagram with #makeitwithspotlight you could score a $ 250 Spotlight voucher.
How to make paper flowers
What you’ll need:
Step 1 – Take the crepe paper in your chosen color and cut out six petal shapes, all roughly the same size. These can be any size you like depending on how big you want the finished flower to be.
Step 2 – Working on one petal at a time, manipulate the crepe paper by pressing your thumbs into the paper to stretch and curve it into different shapes to create realistic flower petals.
Step 3 – Cut out a 10cm x 10cm square from the black crepe paper and place two x pom poms in the center. Wrap the paper around the pom poms to create an ice cream like shape and then push one of the stem wires into the center to create the stem of the flower. Then wrap the fine gauge wire around the base a few times to secure the stem and black crepe paper in place.
Step 4 – Fold a long piece of black crepe paper in half lengthwise so it’s roughly 5cm wide and 50cm long. Using the craft scissors, snip into the middle of the crepe paper but being sure not to cut through the fold. Continue snipping every 5mm or so to create one long piece of fringe.
Step 5 – Wrap the fringed crepe paper around the center of your flower about 3 times and cut off the excess close to the base. Again use the fine gauge wire to wrap around everything tightly and secure it in place.
Step 6 – Next, breathe warm air into your hand and cup your hand over the fringed paper to crush it and create a realistic looking flower. You can also hold the fringed crepe paper over the steam of a kettle to get the same result.
Step 7 – Now it’s time to add your petals. Take one of the petals and pleat the base of it and hold it next to the stem and secure it in place with the fine gauge wire. Continue to add petals, spacing them evenly as you go and wrap in wire until all the petals are added. Snip the wire off when finished.
Step 8 – Lastly, cut a rectangle of green crepe paper roughly 10cm long by 3cm wide and wrap this tightly around the base of the flower, working your way down the stem. Repeat this process to create a beautiful bouquet of crepe paper flowers!
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