All this month Cath Kidston have created some DIYs for Mother's Day and the spring season ahead that you can read all about on their blog. Because of this, Cath Kidston very kindly sent me a wonderful craft box full of goodies to make some Paper Hydrangeas for Mother's Day. It would however also be a wonderful DIY for Spring as well, and especially as it is all centred around their stunning new Highgate Rose print that I simply adore.
You will need:
- Crepe Paper- Doublette crepe paper for the petals, green florist crepe and 40gsm Crepe for the stems and centres
- Strong card
- Floral wire 20 gauge
- Wire cutters
- Tacky Glue
- A milk jug to display your flowers, like Cath Kinston's lovely new High Gate Rose Milk Jug design
2. Cut a thin strip of crepe paper about 0.5cm thick and 10cm long against the grain of the paper and stretch between your fingers.
￼￼￼3. To form the centre of the flower, glue and wrap the paper around the end of the floral wire to form a rounded shape at the top (about 3mm thick). You can cut the floral wire down to the length that you wish with the wire cutters at this point.
4. Cut four petals from doublette crepe making sure the grain of the paper runs with the height of the template you are using.
5. Apply a scraping of glue at the cut ends of each petal and glue around the centre of the flower at 90 degrees to each other, overlapping as you go. The centre of the flower should be just peeking above the bottom of the petal.
6. Cut strips of crepe for the stem about 1cm wide and 15cm long against the grain. You can also cut 2 leaves from the green florist crepe, making sure you follow the direction of the grain.
7. Stretch the green strips for your stem and glue at the base of the petals on the diagonal. Hold the flower with your right hand at the top of the stem and turn clockwise, bringing the strip of crepe down with your left hand. Continue to the bottom of the flower, then cut and glue the end, pinching together to hold.
8. Apply glue to the stems of both leaves and then wrap the stem again, but this time about 2.5 cm from the flowerhead, place the ends of the leaves on the strip before you wrap round, so they catch in the strip as you wrap round. Place one leaf in then rotate the flower and strip, putting the other leaf in.
9. To make larger blooms, wrap 3 flowers together with thicker strips of crepe about 1.5cm wide, then wrap sets of 3 blooms together to create a full flowerhead.
A huge thank you to Cath Kinston for allowing me to take part in this project. I absolutely loved making the delicate paper hydrangea flowers and it was such a lovely relaxing craft to make. My Mum is absolutely thrilled with the flowers and the jug and I can't wait to experiment with more paper flowers from my leftover crepe paper.
I hope you enjoyed this post and do let me know if you'd to see some more Spring DIY posts and what they should be.