I saw a bunch of tutorials online on how to make giant flowers but it all seemed really complicated. I have zero patience to make complicated crafts so I decided to figure out a way to make one that required much less effort.
The first challenge was structural integrity. The thing has to stand on its own. I ended up with using tissue paper because it is light weight, super affordable and doesn’t require a heavy duty stand to prop it up.
Materials for Standing Sunflower
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Tissue Paper – I like this assorted pack from Amazon. You will need it in yellow, black or brown and green.
Floral Wire – Since the tissue paper is a little flimsy, you need something lightweight to prop up the petals
Tape – any type of clear tape works. Glue works too but you will have to wait for it to dry.
Stapler – this is useful to make things go faster
Wrapping paper core – After a lot of trial and error, I decided this was the easiest stem for the flower. Its also something everyone has.
Wine bottle – empty or full, your choice. An empty bottle corked with water is probably the best.
Template – I optimized my template for spacing.
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Tutorial for Giant Standing Flower
Step 1: Cut out the petals
You will need 3 strips of 6 petals.
Step 2: Make the inner ring by stapling the end
I used a stiff piece of cardstock for my ring but many other things work too. Maybe 2 strips of cereal box or a paper grocery bag. If you have nothing else, you can always fold a piece of paper in half to make a stiffer strip.
Step 3: Prepare each petal by making a small pleat at the base of each petal.
Secure the pleat with tape at the base of the petal. This makes the petals more stiff.
Step 4: Start taping the base of the petal strip to the inside of the ring. When you get to the second layer, be sure to offset the petals
Step 5: Create a ring with the floral wire and tape it to the underside of
Step 6: Cut out a center circle in brown or black tissue and tape to the center of the flower.
I technically used construction paper because I had it around.
Step 7: Tape the back of the flower to the wrapping paper core
Step 8: Wrap the wrapping paper core with green tissue
Step 9: Use the wine bottle as a base and prop the stem on the bottle
Step 10: Make a little green tissue paper skirt for the bottle