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DIY Crepe Paper Tiger Lilies

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

This speckled wildflower isn’t the massive, showy tiger lily grown from a bulb as an annual, however fairly lilium columbiana, a Pacific Northwest native with small flowers that face downward. I’ve by no means truly seen a stay one in individual earlier than, however that is considered one of my favourite paper flowers so as to add to a bouquet. It’s brilliant and attention-grabbing however nonetheless has a fragile, woodland vibe. The arched stems give an association top that isn’t too visually distracting, and the curled petals showcase the colour on either side of the doublette crepe paper.

However one of the best argument for paper tiger lilies is the enjoyable of speckling and curling these petals. Get pleasure from! —Kate

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge


Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Provides:

-Lily petal template (right here)
-Orange doublette crepe from right here
-Yellow, orange, or inexperienced heavy or nice crepe for the pistil (I’ve used Brilliant Olive heavy crepe from right here.)
-Fantastic crepe in orange or brown (I’ve used Vermillion nice crepe from right here.)
-Fantastic crepe in Cypress from right here
-Aleene’s Unique Cheesy glue
-Fabric-covered stem wire in 18 gauge and 22 gauge
-Darkish brown or burgundy pen or marker. Any variety ought to work, however check it on a scrap of doublette crepe first to be protected.
-A rod roughly the diameter of a straw (I used a gold paper straw from Goal, however a pen, knitting needle, or wood dowel would additionally work.)

A be aware about crepe paper grain:

The grain of the crepe paper runs parallel to the roll or fold. Crepe paper stretches horizontally, however not vertically, so you’ll nearly all the time minimize petals with the grain, putting the template in order that the tiny wrinkles within the paper run up and down the template, not throughout. Slicing with the grain signifies that you chop in the identical course the crinkles are operating; reducing throughout the grain signifies that you chop perpendicular to those crinkles.

 

Stamens:

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Minimize 4 3” items of the 22 gauge wire for every flower. (Lilies technically have 6 stamens, however I just like the extra streamlined look of 4. Use as many as you want!)

Minimize out a 5”x 5” rectangle of nice crepe in no matter shade you favor on your stamen ideas.

Minimize the sq. throughout the grain to create 1/8” large strips. Every strip will cowl a minimum of one stamen tip, so that you solely want 4 strips for every lily. Dot a really small quantity of glue alongside one of many strips. Connect the top of the strip to the wire about 1/16” beneath the tip of considered one of your brief lengths of wire. The strip needs to be perpendicular to the wire.

Roll the strip across the wire to create a bit barrel, which is able to plump up your stamen tip. (I all the time simply eyeball this, however I’ve discovered {that a} typical barrel takes about 1.5” of the strip.) When you’ve rolled up your barrel, maintain the strip at a 45-degree angle to the tip of the wire, and begin wrapping towards the tip. While you get to the top of the wire, reverse instructions and wrap towards the underside of the stamen. Snip off any extra.

Whereas the paper remains to be moist, mildew the stamen tip a bit bit, smoothing any bumps within the tip. Then pinch it flat between your thumb and index finger.

 

Pistil:

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Minimize two ¼” x 3.5” strips of Brilliant Olive heavy crepe throughout the grain. Dot glue down the size of the strip. Beginning on the tip of considered one of your 18 gauge wires, wrap a minimum of the highest 2” of the wire, stretching the strip and spiraling down at a 45-degree angle.

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Dot your second strip of heavy crepe with glue. Place a stamen towards the pistil in order that the underside of the stamen hits the pistil two inches beneath the pistil tip. Repeat with the remaining Three stamens. The second needs to be positioned reverse the primary. The remaining two stamens go within the areas between the primary two. Snip any extra strip.

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

The completed heart

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Petals:

Utilizing the petal template, minimize six petals from the orange doublette. (Ensure the grain runs up and down the petal from tip to base.)

Determine whether or not you’d just like the darker or lighter orange facet of the petals to face the middle. I’ve chosen the darker orange, in order that’s the facet I speckled.

Use your pen to use dots to the petal. I’ve drawn bigger and smaller elongated ovals considerably at random. I threw away about fifty lovingly speckled petals after altering my thoughts in regards to the speckle sample. Don’t be me: spend a while working towards on scraps earlier than tackling the petals.

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Discover the circle close to the underside of the petal template, and gently stretch this space to create a bit bowl.

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Beginning on the tip of your petal, curl your petal across the rod. The “proper” facet of the petal — in different phrases, the facet on which you drew your speckles — ought to face towards the rod, whereas the again facet of the petal is what you’ll see when the petal is nearly fully wrapped across the rod.

curlingpetals

With out uncurling the petal, take away the rod. For a lily in full bloom, depart the curls tight. To create completely different phases of bloom, regulate the curl of the petals by gently smoothing them between your fingers.

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

 

Making use of the petals:

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

The petals are connected in two rounds of three.

Apply a small quantity of glue to the little tab on the backside of the petal. Connect one of many petals to your heart, putting it in order that the highest of the little tab falls simply above the highest of the olive strip that you simply used to connect the stamens to the pistil.

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Connect two extra petals, spacing them evenly to type a triangle across the heart.

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

For the subsequent spherical, apply the petals within the areas between your first set of three. Ensure to not drift down the stem with this second spherical.

Gently bend the stamens in order that they curve outward away from the pistil.

 

Wrapping the stem:

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

After you’ve connected all six petals, minimize two ¼” x 10″ strips of Cypress nice crepe throughout the grain. Dot the primary two inches of the strip with glue and wrap the stem the place it meets the again of the flower, overlaying the tabs the place the lily petals connect to the pistil. Stretch as you wrap to create a smoother stem.

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Dot glue on the subsequent three or 4 inches of the stem and proceed wrapping along with your nice crepe strip.  While you’ve coated all of the glue, apply glue to the subsequent three or 4 inches and wrap.  Proceed till the entire stem is roofed.  In case you have a bump the place the underside of the stamens meet the stem, you should utilize further strips to construct up the realm slightly below the stamen bottoms to create a smoother transition.

 

Ending:

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

The petals typically grow to be mussed throughout wrapping, so gently regulate them and recurl if essential.

Rigorously bend the stem beneath the bloom to create an arc. I like for my lilies to be dealing with straight down.

To guard your flower from fading, you’ll be able to spray it with Krylon matte UV protectant spray (in a well-ventilated place, whereas sporting a masks).

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

Crepe Paper Tiger Lily DIY by Kate Alarcon for Design*Sponge

 

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