I've given directions for making the flowers and for making the vase. You don't have to do them both... You can make some flowers and put them in a store bought vase or you can make the vase and put in some silk flowers.
There are 4 different types of flowers you can make.
Materials for the Vase:
- juice jar (750 ml).
- paper mache paste (1 part flour to 5 parts water...
boil about 3 minutes and let cool)
strips of white paper
- Paint or markers to decorate
Materials for one flower:
- tissue paper (Red, white and blue for flowers and a bit of yellow or white for the center)
- cotton ball
- scotch tape (or floral tape)
Directions for making the vase:
- Paper mache the jar (cover with 2 layers newspaper with one layer white paper over top of that) or just cover with 3 layers of white paper
- Let dry (takes about a day for the paper mache to dry)
- Decorate the jar with paint or markers. You can paint the whole jar another color or leave it white and add some design with a color that matches your flowers. If you are really ambitious you may even want to try to paint stars and strips on your vase!
Directions for making a flower:
- Cut a square of tissue paper (white or yellow) about 2" by 2"
- Put a small piece of cotton (about 1/4 of a cotton ball in the center).
- Scrunch the cotton filled tissue paper around the end of the straw and wrap a piece of scotch tape around it
- Put 4 or 5 petals around the cotton filled tissue paper. Tape them on.
- Continue adding rows of petals until you have a nice full flower. You'll need at least 4 rows of them.
- Fluff the petals out a bit to shape your flower.
- Optional: spritz a bit of perfume on your flower to scent it.
FLOWER PETAL TEMPLATES:
I've included a picture of ONE of the flowers made with each template so you get a feel for how they look. Each flower has 20 to 30 petals in it. These templates aren't printable... just use the images as a guide when cutting out your petals.
heart shaped petal template
(I think it looks like a rose or peony flower -- this is my favorite)
large pointed petal template
(I think this one looks like a water lily)
small pointed petal template
(this has twice the petals of the others... 40 to 60 petals in a flower)