A paper flower is pretty easy to dissect. As you do, begin exploring alternative materials you can use to make the paper flower a different way. That’s why I loved the book Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell . They took crafting the paper flower to another level. They brought the unexpected to the vase; whether it was with a material, color, or unique art medium, there was always a fresh take in the construction of their work.
The Paper Flower is made up of: A Center, Stamen, Stem, Petal, Calyx (The Calyx is that little “Cap” around where the stem and the petals join. I think of it as the Spanks, keeping everything in place,) and Leaves.
To start spinning the wheels of options, I’ll share a few materials I have used for the various applications, but don’t stop at my visual list.
STEMS: Straws, washi or floral tape covered heavy gauge wire (18-20 gauge), branches or twigs, dowels, bamboo reeds, candy striped sticks, pipe cleaners, fabric covered wire.
CENTER: Buttons, cotton balls, spun cotton centers, large beads, wooden beads, millinery supplies, miniature fabric flowers, little candies wrapped in cellophane bags, millinery fruits and berries.
Spun cotton centers, vintage millinery supplies can be purchase online at Tinsel Trading Company, D. Blumchen & Company and Etsy is a fantastic resource for many little online shops selling unique craft supplies.
STAMEN: Pips, fringed tissue, crepe paper or decorative papers, feathers, cording, raffia, wire, trims and petite ribbons, crepe party streamers, shredded paper
PETALS: Handmade paper, art papers, crepe papers (there are many, but my favorite is the double-sided 2-ply from Germany…it’s worth an online purchase, trust me), stiffenend fabric (velvet is gorgeous), coffee filters, doilies, baking cups, Scrapbook papers, wrapping paper. As mentioned in an earlier post, Gloria double ply crepe paper from Germany can be purchased from D. Blumchen & Company and 32 Degrees North online. The decorative and handmade papers below can be purchased at Paper-Source (Fashion Place Mall if you live in the SLC, Utah area), Dick Blick (I order online) and Utrecht Art Supply (located at the Peterson Art Center in Salt Lake City, Utah) but also located country wide and online.
LEAVES & CALYX: Crepe paper, velvet, vintage florist metallic paper leaves, craft store leaf picks, coffee filters, baking cups. All the vintage foil and velvet leaves found below I purchased from various Etsy sellers. If you search florist foil leaves or velvet leaves, it will list whoever is selling them at that time.
HELPFUL TOOLS: And yes, I take my glue pie just about everywhere I go. I’m afraid it’s a signature tool for me. I like to keep my pictures real.
Now, go build you a flower!