Friday, May 22, 2015

DIY Round-up: 4 Faux Flowers

Flowers: the easiest way to add a pop of color, life, and scent in any room. If you want them there year-round, however, you'll have to keep replacing the bouquet. 

Or: you can DIY some fake flowers instead. They may not live up to the real thing, but they're no-muss, no-fuss, and you won't have to look after them at all.

Look to these examples and try your hand at 'em:


Peonies
Made out of sewing paper patterns, all you'll have to do for a bunch is cut, fold, fluff, and crunch. You'll need about a dozen sheets of sewing paper patters or a similar kind of paper – try old typewriter paper, or try fancy art paper if you want something that looks crisp and new. Prepare a length of wire to serve as the stem. 


Gardenias
Elegant and almost like the real thing, these paper gardenias should work like a charm on gifts, cards, centerpieces, and wedding decor. All you need are the template, paper (opt for the fancy kind, if you wish), a pair of scissors, hot glue gun, and a length of wire, floral tape, and green art paper or cardboard if you want the leaves and the stem included. 


Poppies
Whimsical and charming, these poppies come imbued with interesting texture, enough to make them seem almost real. Prepare half-inch foam balls, colored tissue paper in green, yellow, orange, and pink, floral wire and tape, scissors, hot glue gun, and some bleach, to create that "faded" effect and lend texture to the tissue paper. 


All in one
Yearning for a full bouquet? Simply get more colored tissue from the art store, gather a bunch of pipe cleaners, ready a pair of scissors and you're all set -- just follow these instructions on Rust and Sunshine. Get crazy with it: go all artsy and DIY different flowers into existence by cutting the paper into strips of different shapes, and then binding them together with a length of green pipe cleaner, which should also serve as the stem. 



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