Today I’m going to teach you how to make paper peonies just like the ones featured on the cake table in the image above! (Those are mine! Hooray!) Just a heads up, this is one of my first every DIY’s, so bear with me. I’m much better at teaching in person than I am at writing out all of these steps. Also, the photos were taken with my iPhone, because holding a heavy DSLR Nikon with one hand and trying to take photos of your other hand is a difficult feat.
Here’s what you’re going to need for your paper peonies.
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks
Floral Wire (18 Gauge works well)
Heavy Duty Crepe Paper – I purchased mine from Paper Mart – http://www.papermart.com/
Floral Stamens – I purchased mine from Amazon, but you could pick them up at pretty much any craft store.
Step 1) Wrap your wire
Take your floral tape and wrap it around your floral wire. This enforces it s bit more and makes it stronger. The flower will be pretty big so having strong wire is a must.
Step 2) Cut your paper stamens
Cut two rectangles form your crepe paper. The dimensions are 6 inches by 1.5 inches.
Step 3) Fringe paper stamens
Make small cuts in your crepe paper about 1/2-3/4 of the way down. Do this to both.
Step 4) Wrap paper stamen around wire.
I like to start by putting a dot of hot glue on the crepe paper then wrapping it tightly around and gluing it again at the end. If you want the flower to be extra secure you can add a bit more hot glue underneath the “coil”.
Step 5) Prepare the white stamens
Cut 3 inches of floral tape for each stamen, I used 10. Fold the stamens in half and wrap the floral tape around itself to secure. Repeat for the rest of your stamens.
Step 6) Glue white stamens on stem then wrap the wire with floral tape (again!)
To secure all those little “tails” from the white stems I put a dot of hot glue down then wrapped them in floral tape. If you’re confident with your taping skills you can skip the gluing portion and go straight to wrapping them!
Step 7) Wrap other paper stamen
Repeat step 4, and wrap the second paper stamen strip around the newly taped portion.
Step 8) Cut out your petals
Here’s where I become the worst DIY blog post writer ever. I don’t have a template for you… *hangs head in shame* What I did when I started making these was google “Peony Petal Template” I found one that I liked and copied it onto some cardstock. You will need 15-20 of both the small and large size. If it helps, the petal sizes i have are 1.5-2 inches for the small & 2.5-3 inches for the large. This portion is up to you.
Step 9) Pull your petals
Gently pull the edges of your petals on the top and they will start to get this gorgeous “organic” look to them. The way the petals form become more lifelike in this step! Repeat for all your petals.
Step 10) Cup your petals
Put your thumbs in the middle of your petal and gently push down and out. This creates a slight “cup” which gives the petal an even more lifelike look. Repeat for all your petals.
Step 11) Glue your petals on the flower
Start with the small petals and glue them around the stamens. Keep going until the flower is roughly the size of a tennis ball.
Step 12) Glue/Wrap stem again
Glue 2-4 large petals around the short petals. Make sure you glue them so they are a bit onto the stem. It helps to match the petal length to the length of the short petals. After you’re done with this, wrap the stem with floral wire. This gives you a bit of a “base” to glue the larger flowers on.
Step 13) Glue more petals on flower
Keep gluing more large petals onto your flower until it’s at your desired size. I find slightly larger than a softball gives a really nice bloom size.
Step 14) Cut your leaves
Again, I don’t have a template for you. I’m so sorry. Peony leaves are kinda funny looking, so I just cut out a standard leaf. I don’t actually use the leaves because I am going to be putting my peony blooms into a garland.
Step 15) Wrap your stem with the leaves.
Start wrapping at the top of the stem closest to the bloom. Place your leaves one at a time and wrap them with floral tape.
Step 16) Display your gorgeous new blooms
I toss mine into various bottles I’ve collected. Also, please ignore the wallpaper from the 80’s in my bedroom. I keep telling myself it’s “classic” or “vintage.”
If you have any questions about this or need more clarification feel free to email me! firstname.lastname@example.org