DIY Paper Hydrangeas
Nora Taylor
Apr 17, 2016
(Image credit: Submitted by Michelle )

These lovely DIY paper flowers are a fun way to add spring flair to your home or make a charming housewarming gift!

Skill Level: Moderate
Time Required: 1 hour per flower
Project Cost: $5

(Image credit: Submitted by Michelle )

From Michelle: Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers with their high petal counts and large scalloped leaves. Used as fillers or as centerpieces, they are eye-catching and beautiful. These hydrangeas are created with paper and may be used year round in your home or to gift to a loved one - they are bound to impress. These flowers are by no means easy to make, but they are well worth your labor. Create your own following the steps below!

What You Need

Materials

  • Cardstock in your choice of colors
  • Flower templates (on blog)
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Watercolor or paint and brush (optional)

Tools

  • Scissors or cutting machine
  • Glue gun
  • Pliers
  • Stylus (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut out shapes using templates, one sheet of 8.5"x11" cardstock will allow for enough petals for one hydrangea but the final petal count is up to you.
  2. Paint with watercolor or paint. Let dry. (optional)
  3. Curl petals using the back end of brush or with a pencil.
  4. Tape 15 floral wire stems 3 inches from tip (use more or less wires allowing for larger or smaller blooms, respectively). Using floral tape, wrap the remainder of wires into one large stem.
  5. Separate and bend exposed wire stems to form a spherical shape. curl ends of wires using pliers.
  6. Glue petals onto each curled end. Then, glue petals in between. Using a stylus, draw "veins" onto leaves. (optional)
  7. Curl leaves, folding and unfolding gently down center. Glue to bottom of bloom, onto stem.
  8. Wrap stem with floral tape once more, securing leaves.

For more photos and instructions, head on over to Michelle's blog Only Just Becoming.

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