What lasts longer than fuji spider mums? Paper fuji spider mums! Spider mums are so fun to make (especially if you have fringe scissors)—they're large and it really only takes a few to give you a nice, full bouquet. And there's just something about their minimalist look that lets them fit in to any home with any decor.
Cardstock is really your best bet when making these flowers because there is a fair amount of battering they'll have to take before complete; a lighter weight construction, or typing paper might not make it through the process. If you are planning on making more than a handful of mums, you also might want to invest in fringe scissors, it will make the job go by much faster, and your hands will thank you!
What You Need
- Floral tape
- Floral stem wire
- Transparent tape or glue
- Fringe scissors or regular scissors
1. Cut your card stock into strips, lengthwise. I was able to get three strips out of my 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of card stock.
2. Cut "fringe" into the strips, leaving at least a 1/2" border.
If you're using regular scissors, be sure to make your individual cuts no more than 1/8 of an inch apart.
3. Tightly roll the fringed strip from one end to the other, guiding the fringe as you go, making sure not to wrinkle or smash the fringe.
4. Secure the tightly rolled strip in place with a dot of glue or transparent tape.
5. Make a tiny hook on one end of the floral wire and feed it down through the top of the fringe so that the hook catches the middle of the flower and doesn't fall out of the bottom.
6. Wrap your floral tape around the uncut base of the flower, down onto the wire, then back up onto the base. Crimp the tape tightly so it stays in place.
7. Gently begin to fold back the fringe so the flower starts to take shape.
Cut the stems to your desired height and arrange to make a bouquet that won't quit!
If giving the flowers as a gift I love to lightly spritz them with a perfume or room spray to up the charm attack.
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