Thursday, January 29, 2015

THE DECORISTA CHRONICLES// DIY PAPER TULIPS!

I simply adore tulips! It's a rarity here to ever get to buy some because roses are the conventional go-to flowers here when it comes to fresh decor so I thought of making a bouquet on my own. These are so easy to make, just four steps and you're done! Not to forget no watering required! Cover the stem, cut out paper strips, fashion them into petals and wind them around the stem!

If you're looking for an quick evening of gorg paper flower creations or a cute diy floral bouquet to gift to someone with a special note, give this one a try! I'm sure they'll send the significant other in fireworks!

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

Crafting tulips can be slightly trIcky since they are more bulbous at the bottom and tapered at the apex but this is the lazy-girl's guide and we're always looking for shortcuts, aren't we?

Here's mine:

DIY PAPER TULIPS


DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!


You'll need:

-Very light-weight colored paper on the flimsier side so that the petals fluff up and look more ruffle-y (You can even start with white and dye it later so it looks more natural). Mine is hot fuchsia.

-Florist's wire. If you've never done flowers before you may use regular wire or pipecleaners or even wooden skewers (but they'll give a stiffer look to the stems)

-Green duct tape/washi tape/florist's tape to wind around the stem.

-Some cotton for the "centers" of the tulips.

-Scissors, glue, a ruler and a pencil.
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!


How-to:

1.You'll first need to cut your wire to size for the stems and wind them with whatever kind of tape you're using. Don't cover the entire length and leave a little at one end and turn it over itself forming a loop.
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

2.Dab a little glue here (on the loop) and press over the cotton covering the wireframe we just made entirely. Cut a 1.5 inch. by 1.5 inch square and wrap it over the cotton and secure with glue so that it's completely covered.
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!


3.Here's the fun part. I had an A3 sized colored sheet so I folded it in half and drew the dimensions of the strips around 2x5 inches. Draw lines using a pencil and a ruler demarcating each strip and cutting them out. You'll need six of these dimension-ed strips per tulip.

       Since I'd folded my paper beforehand, when I cut one strip, I ended up with two.
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

You'll then fold each strip on half to make a crease and unfold it. Then twist the strip scrunching it along the middle. This gives both halves of the strip the curvature of a spoon (which we are aiming for) and thennnnnn fold the bottom half over the top half.
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!
 After you've done that, snip off the squarish frame of the petal in a curve to make it's perimeter more rounded.

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

4.To adhere the petals around the center and aim for the more bulky part at the bottom, wind the first three petals taking the narrower part of the triangular petal shape as the top of the petal and the wider traingle base as the bottom of the petal. Then for the next three petals, adhere them around successively as inverted triangles. (Base of triangle as top of petal and narrow part as bottom).
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

And we're done! Just fluff up the petals and play around with the shape a bit so that the petals look more tapered at the top and puffier at the bottom. If you'd like to add leaves, cut oblong organic shapes and twist the ends gluing them to the stem. I just ran out of paper to do that. :^(

DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

TIP: To add a fancy punch, I used a polka dot envelope and folded it into a cone and wrapped it around the tulips. I'll be writing a special note on the cone's interior as a special surprise. So if you're gifting this, that's something you can do to brighten up their day Sherlock Holmes style. 
DIY Paper Tulips- These add such a vibrant pop of color to any room and are great as gifts, not to forget, you'll never need to water them!

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Nash


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