I was holding onto my templates to publish a book on it all, but it looks like there are just too many paper flower books out or on the horizon 🙁 I was too late! So, I’ll start sharing some tutorials with you from time to time. This one was requested by a reader in Copenhagen who has been taking my paper flower class on Skillshare and whose son calls them “Brittany flowers”. I nearly died when I heard that as you can imagine.
Daffodils are the ultimate spring flower, but the beauty of paper flowers is that you can make them all year long so why not bring in some sunshine now? I adapted this one from a vintage paper flower book. It’s the same one I made at all my workshops this past year.
Step 2. I started with what I call the “buttercup” which is the orange in the first picture. The three lines on the template indicate the grain of the crepe paper so align that first. The side of the right angle is to be placed on a gold.
Step 3. Bring the two ends together and glue them together to firm a circle.
Step 4. With your thumbs and forefingers, do what’s called “fluting” and shape the wavy pattern at the top by going back and forth so that it creates a wave effect.
Step 5. Now cut out the petals. It’s easier to cut out multiples if you accordion fold them. Cut out 6. Make sure you have aligned them with the grain of the crepe paper.
Step 6. With the edge of your scissors, gently curl each petal. Not too much. It should be an easy curl.
Step 7. With your thumb and forefinger, “flute” each side of the petal so that it’s wavy.
Step 8. Gentle stretch each petal. Again, not too much. This will create a firmer, more natural shape.