Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lantern paper flower tutorial

I made some paper flowers some time back!

Alright, I confess, it's two months back, to be that specific. Sometimes we have this lingering, nagging feeling on things we haven't done (and when I really should do them). Yeah, so here I am now, blogging about this handicraft project after two months.

Fresh flowers simply don't survive at my place and that was my inspiration for making these paper flowers! They will stay pretty all year round!

Here's how I made the lantern flower (left in the photo). These are the materials used:

Step 1 - 2: Measure and draw out the shape in the picture. It's made up of one equilateral triangle (length of each side is 5 cm) and 3 semi-circles (radius is 2.5 cm). You can change the size of the triangle and semi-circles to your preference. It will alter the size of your lantern flower. Cut out the shape.

Step 3-4: Using the cut-out shape as the stencil, duplicate it 13 times. Cut all of 13 pieces out. You will have 14 pieces of the shape in all. 14 is not a magic number! In fact, you can play around with the number of the cut-out pieces and this will alter the shape of the lantern flower.

Step 5 - 6: Fold along the sides of the triangle. Paste one semi-circle to another and repeat until they form a ball. There is no one right way to stick them together, so have fun experimenting with the shape of the flower.

Step 7 - 8: Fold a small piece of green paper into half and draw a leaf on one side. Drawing a leafstalk will be helpful when attaching the leaf to the stick/stem later. Cut it out and when you open up the paper, you will get two leaves connected by the thin leafstalk in the centre.

Step 9 - 10: Place the stick on the leafstalk and then paste the two leaves together by folding them around the stick. TIP: Do not position the leaves too near the top end of the stick. The space should be bigger than your lantern flower. Wrap the stick with floral tape. Lastly, put the stick through the lantern flower and it's completed!

This lantern flower reminded me of the red packets chinese lantern I used to make in SG during Chinese New Year. Hope you guys will give this project a shot and let me know how it goes! I will be back for the tutorial for the fan flower.

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