Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DIY Paper Doily Flowers

How to make doily flowers

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I love paper flowers. I love that they last forever - like these giant paper roses I made over 3 years ago that are still on my desk! I love that they can be as colorful and creative as you want - like these cupcake wrapper flowers I made for a fiesta party. So when the folks at Martha Stewart sent me their new doily punch, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. Flowers!


DIY Paper Doily Flowers

These delicate flowers are just doilies punched from tissue paper! 

DIY Paper Doily Flowers

I was amazed that the Martha Stewart doily punch could make such an intricate pattern with just a few punches. There are so many possibilities for incorporating these doilies into projects!

Martha Stewart doily punch

Now if you're in a pinch, you can always use store-bought paper doilies to make these flowers too. Read on to see how easy these flowers are to make.

Supplies for Paper Doily Flowers




How to Make Paper Doily Flowers


1. If you are making your own doilies with the Martha Stewart punch, here are a couple tips:
  • I recommend punching through several layers of tissue paper at once.  I was able to punch through 8 layers of tissue paper by taking 4 sheets and folding them over. 
  • The punch can be a little finicky with the delicate tissue paper. My preferred method for punching is on the floor, sitting up on my knees. I find it is easier than sitting at the table!
  • Make sure the tissue paper is lying flat to get a clean punch through all the layers.
  • If the punch doesn't cut through all the layers perfectly, don't fret. You can trim the doilies a bit and any imperfections won't show once they are in flower form!

Martha Stewart doily punch

2. Continue punching out as many doilies as you want. I used 6 doilies per flower but you can vary the amount to achieve the thickness of flower that you want.

Martha Stewart doily punch

3. To make a flower, stack 6 doilies on top of each other. I tried out different combinations such as 4 pink doilies and 2 white doilies. Then use a thick needle to poke two holes through the center of the doilies. This is where the floral wire will thread though to hold the doilies together.

Martha Stewart doily punch

4. Thread a piece of floral stem wire through the holes. I used a very thin wire (22 gauge I believe!) because that is what I had on hand. You can use thicker wire as long as it bends easily. Carefully pull the floral wire through until the flower is positioned in the middle of the floral wire.

How to make doily flowers

5. Bring the two ends of the floral wire together and pinch the doilies at the base to form the flower. Take your floral tape and start wrapping it tightly around the base of the flower, working down the floral wire. You want to pull tight and pinch as you work down the floral wire. If you haven't used floral wire and floral tape before, it just takes a couple practice tries to get the feel for it!

How to make doily flowers

6. Keep wrapping the floral tape all the way down the end of the doubled up floral wire and trim.

How to make doily flowers

7. If you want, you can add a leaf. I freehand cut leaves from double-sided crepe paper which has just the right thickness, but you could also use construction paper or card stock.

How to make doily flowers

8. Add the leaf by wrapping it around the floral wire stem and securing it in place by wrapping it tightly with more floral tape. You have your first flower! Once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to assemble these flowers in just a few minutes a piece.

How to make doily flowers

These would be such a pretty Valentine's Day gift. I know I'm looking forward to enjoying these in my office for years to come!

How to make paper doily flowers

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Omnimedia as part of the 12 Months of Martha program.



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