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You will need:
Ribbon (Wide enough for your flowers and long enough to tie around your wrist in a bow)
Needle and thread
Short stick of wire (I’ve used flower wire)
Scissors or a scalpel
Coloured paper of your choice
Printed PDF of petal shapes and masking tape (see templates at the end of this post - click on the image to enlarge)
Take the printed petal shapes and cut out the lavender and fix to your paper with masking tape (tip: take some of the stickiness off the masking tape first by sticking it to your fingers, this will stop it tearing your paper once you remove it)
With some glue on the top of the stick of wire wrap the paper around, carefully add more glue as you twist the paper around getting lower and lower.
Cut all the petals and centres to the poppy in the same way you did the Lavender.
Take the centers and bend the spikes upwards between your fingers, try to keep the middle circle as popped up as possible while doing this by bending the paper to shape it.
Roll the petals between your fingers to give them a more realistic shape, you can use a wooden skewer or paintbrush to do this if you find using your fingers too hard.
Glue the centres one on top of the other, stick the petals to the bottom, curve them upwards as you do. Once all are on you can shape it how you like, bend and fold parts over to give a more realistic look, don’t worry, paper can take more than you think!
Once you have cut out all the flowers and leaves that you want and curved them to look how you like, you can lay them out on the centre of your ribbon to work out where to sew them.
Using your needle and thread push through the paper, it can help to steady the paper in your hand to push through, make sure you’re not right near the edge or it will rip. Sew everything on where you’d like it to sit, you can use a bit of glue to hold bits in place that might be a little loose or not staying in the direction you’d like.
Smaller flowers can be sewn through the middle with a coloured thread to give them centres, this would be nice for any embroidery you’d like. The poppy can be glued into place, you could embroider through the centre to give some extra texture or patterns.
And you’re done! Tie your ribbon in a bow around your wrist, you could also pull the ribbon up behind the poppy and fix a pin in the back to wear it as a brooch or boutonniere.
Templates - click on image below to enlarge.
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