These simple and graphic flowers look hard to make, but once you get the hang of it, it goes really fast. You could easily adapt this idea to create a bouquet of flowers for a centerpiece (with no worries of wilting), or even hang them on a ribbon to create a gorgeous garland.
Materials needed: thin decorative or origami paper, glue, bamboo skewers.
Step 1: Cut four pieces of paper into 5” x 5” squares. Take one square, fold it in half diagonally.
Step 2: With the triangle opening at the top, fold the left corner up to the top corner. Crease.
Step 3: Repeat with the right corner, folding it up to the top corner. Crease.
Step 4: Unfold both sides.
Step 5: Take the left side, and fold that corner up to the crease line you just made. Crease again.
Step 6: Take the right side, and fold that corner up to the crease line you just made. Crease again.
Step 7: Flip paper over, and fold the small left triangle peaking up towards you. Unfold halfway. Repeat on right side. Flip over.
Step 8: Curve the flower so that the two long triangles are touching. Apply glue to one side and then hold and glue together. Set aside.
Step 9: Repeat steps 2 – 9 three more times. You should now have four flower segments.
Step 10: Apply glue to one triangle of the segment, and attach two segments together. Repeat with all four segments, adding glue to both sides of the final segment you connect. Let dry.
Step 11: Apply a small dab of glue in the base of the flower, insert bamboo skewer into base. Let dry.
Step 12: Cut out a green leaf shape and attach that to the skewer, below the flower. Let dry.
Step 13: Repeat to make four or five more flowers, using different sized squares (3” x 3” , 4” x 4” etc) to create different sized flowers. Insert into cake.
P.S. This YouTube video may be helpful, if you need a little clarifying.
Photography by Tim Gibson