Maybe I’m prematurely slipping into middle age, but recently I’ve found I adore shopping for homewares more than clothes… a big statement to make for someone as obsessed with clothing as me, I know. But there’s something about planning a project for around the house and seeing it all come together that is just so rewarding. The shopping high with homewares has a longer afterglow than it does with clothing. Plus I feel less guilt – I really don’t need another dress, but I definitely needed that antique display cabinet to house all my lovely china.
So when my dear friend Freja gifted me with a glass bottle full of paper flowers, they took prize position on top of said display cabinet – if we had a pool room they would have gone straight there. Freja was even gracious enough to show me how to make them, because I thought they might be a nice addition to my wedding decor. Here’s a quick and very easy guide.
Each flower is made of a piece of paper cut out as above. Each little part makes a single petal so you can make them as fat or skinny and long or short as you like. You can also make one and use it as a template to trace and cut out all the rest of your petals.
You’ll also need some wire which you can just grab from Bunnings or any kind of craft or gardening shop. We may or may not have dug this out of the garden shed.
In the bunch of paper flowers Freja gave me, she had used little cotton tips as the little capsules you would see in flowers like hibiscus, orchids and lilies. (I had to look up what these things are called, apparently this is the correct botany term – now don’t say the blog hasn’t taught you anything)
Ta da! Here’s one we prepared earlier. Op shops are the best places to source not only the paper, but also cute old bottles and jars you can use to put the flowers in. Now, amber glass like the little bottle above is starting to get expensive because I guess people are cottoning on to how amazing it looks, but you can still find some bargains at outer suburb op shops in places like Capalaba and Cleveland.