By Special Guest – Miss Poppins
Paper Flower Photography by Trung Le
Hello Poppets! My name is Miss Poppins & I am an artist, vintage lover, & paper florist at Miss Poppins & Me from Melbourne, Australia. I hand make paper roses from abandoned books for gifts, weddings, & home decor. Each bouquet, or rather bookquet, I create is very unique & has its own story. My bookquets are made from the pages of different books such as romance novels, manuscripts, atlases, & comic books. These roses are sold through local handmade markets in Melbourne as well as all over the world through my Etsy store.
I love creating paper flowers for all types of customers & I especially love when people put in particular or interesting requests – such as Alice in Wonderland boutonnieres for a Wonderland themed wedding, or a bookquet of paper roses for a first wedding anniversary made out of lyrics of their favourite songs.
Recently, my flowers magically began to grow when I was asked to style a Masquerade Charity Ball. Taking my original paper flower concept, I began making lusciously large roses from red paper (finding large book pages was just too difficult for this request) to be used as table centre pieces.
I loved the new challenge of making these large roses & the best part was that they really captured the admiration of the guests at the event. So, as a special treat for all of you Dots, I thought I’d show you how to make & bring your very own large paper roses to life.
What You Need:
- A4 Red Paper
- A4 Green Paper
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Cut out 17 large red petals (approximately 15 x 10.5 cm), 3 small red petals (approximately 15 x 5 cm) & 1 green calyx (approximately 22 cm x 22 cm).
- Take a small petal & curl it around a pencil lengthwise. Carefully remove pencil so that the petal still remains like a cylinder.
- Hot glue along the edge & secure gently together to create the centre of the rose.
- With the remaining two small petals, curl the top edge with a pair of scissors as shown.
- Repeat on both edges of petal so that it looks like this.
- Slightly curl the base of one small petal with your thumbs then quickly hot glue the base edge.
- Quickly wrap this petal around the prepared rose centre.
- Repeat with the last small petal.
- Curl edges of all large petals with scissors as shown.
- Pinch paper between thumbs & fingers as shown to form a cup like shape. Repeat for all large petals.
- Take one large petal & add hot glue around the base edge.
- Gently attach to rose centre.
- Repeat steps 11-12 with each remaining large petal to build a flowering rose.
- Once all petals are added, your rose should be in full bloom.
- Quickly add hot glue around edges of calyx.
- Turn rose upside down & gently glue calyx in place.
- Admire your handiwork…
- From all angles…
Hope you enjoyed making this large paper rose with me. The great thing is that you can make it in any dimension you like. Only thing is, if you are anything like me, just making one won’t be enough.
Now, I would love to see your creations so feel free to send captures of them to firstname.lastname@example.org or share them on social media with the hashtag #dotsnlacerose. And while you’re at it, why not follow me on Facebook & Instagram, then take a peek at all my handiwork over at www.misspoppinsandme.com.