Saturday, 21 June 2014

D.I.Y paper flowers

I've been so consumed with making these pompom flowers to decorate our home for Ramadhan which will be starting next week. For those unfamiliar with Ramadhan, the VERY brief explanation is that it is the month in which Muslims fast from the very beginning of sunrise until sun set each day. The end of Ramadhan is marked with the Eid al-Fitr celebration in which families gather and charity and gifts are given. Oh and we eat lots of delicious food!

There have been a few set backs with my little beauties, firstly being that I couldn't find tissue paper ANYWHERE and then I ran out of wire ties and then numerous problems with cutting the perfectly sized rectangle. But I eventually found my way and now I have a room full of paper blooms. I have used crepe paper for my flowers which is much thicker and has some stretch (which means less chance of tearing) than tissue paper however I think tissue paper would be easier to shape. Also if you do use tissue paper, I would suggest using more than the 5 sheets I have stated below and increase it to at least

Before I begin the tutorial I would like to say that using wire ties is far better than using string or yarn, unless you want to hand a continual flower bunting in which case the yarn would be easier. Also that when folding, try to make it as tight as possible so that once you open the flower up it has more shape.
One last tip, when separating the sheets to make the flower, do so by pinching the top sheet by the fold.

If you need to watch a video tutorial to make it clearer, this one is good.
  • Measure and cut 5 sheets of crepe/tissue paper to your desired size. The best shape I've found is a slight rectangle with the folds beginning width way.
  • Fold your stack of paper back and forth like you would make a fan until you reach the end. Fold and press down firmly each time.
  • Using a wire tie or yarn, tightly secure the paper together at the back of the 'fan'. 
  • Cut each end with a point (as pictured below) or a half-circle. The round shape makes a flower similar to a blooming peony and the point more like a chrysanthemum.
  • Spread out the fan slight and then begin to pull up each sheet. The tighter you pull up the more texture. Repeat with the remaining sheets until complete. I like to keep the last sheet quite flat but you can play around and see what suits you best! 
  • Practice makes perfect! 

As you can see, you can make so many different sizes and shapes. My plan with these is to stick them to the wall using Blu-tac. It will be my 'decoration wall' for the whole of Ramadhan and Eid. Now to design some 'Ramadhan Mubarak' bunting!