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DIY Paper Allium Tutorial


Alliums have all the time appeared a bit of bit magical to me. In a backyard, the lengthy, easy stems mix in with the opposite greenery, and the massive globes of tiny periwinkle flowers virtually appear to drift in mid-air. I think about them rising in a fairytale backyard, alongside foxgloves and moon flowers.


After I got down to design a paper model, I wished to seize that enchanted, ethereal high quality. I selected a really light-weight crepe for the petals, and constructed it so that every floret radiates out from a central ball on a protracted wire. This design offers every petal room to face out from its little floret, uncompressed by the florets round it. I additionally scaled it as much as be concerning the measurement of a giant cantaloupe. The top result’s an enormous, magical globe of delicate blue flowers that’s virtually a bouquet in its personal proper.


I wished the flower to really feel free-spirited, so I minimize my petals freehand, which creates little variations between florets. When you’ve minimize a number of units of petals, you’ll in all probability discover that you just don’t want the template anymore, both.

This allium isn’t particularly troublesome to make, however producing sufficient florets to finish the globe is an enormous endeavor. I counsel making them just a few at a time over a few weeks whereas watching Netflix. You possibly can insert them into the middle ball as you go — it’s the most secure place for them, and it’s motivating to look at your flower fill out.

Should you run out of steam earlier than ending, don’t despair! My assistant Emma and I observed {that a} partially lined flower seems rather a lot like a dandelion that’s been blown and wished on. And if that doesn’t do it for you, I’ve acquired simply one in every of these guys up in my store. —Kate

Images by Desiree Swanson

Styling help by Emma Swanson





  • allium templates right here
  • Aleene’s Authentic Cheesy Glue
  • superb crepe in “French Violet” from Rose Mille
  • heavy crepe in “Eggplant” and superb crepe in “Olive Inexperienced” from Citadel within the Air
  • 18 inch lengths of 18 and 20 gauge stem wire
  • paper scissors
  • wire snips
  • small axe
  • 0ptional: millinery stamens that coordinate along with your paper shade (Rose Mille or 32° North for comparable)
  • 0ne 1.5” polystyrene ball (I purchase mine at Michaels)
  • one 18″ size of vinyl tubing 3/8” outer diameter, ¼” interior diameter. (House Depot and Lowe’s each carry it within the plumbing division)


A word 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 virtually all the time minimize petals with the grain, inserting the template in order that the tiny wrinkles within the paper run up and down the template, not throughout. Chopping with the grain signifies that you chop in the identical course the crinkles are operating; chopping throughout the grain signifies that you chop perpendicular to those crinkles.


For the stem:

Lower a 15” size of tubing at a really sharp angle. This pointy finish would be the high of your stem, and also you’ll insert the purpose into the polystyrene ball to assist anchor the stem. Lower three of the 18 gauge wires in order that they’re 16” lengthy. Insert the wires into the size of tubing to carry your stem pretty straight whilst you wrap it.


Lower a protracted ¼” huge strip of the olive superb crepe throughout the grain. Dot glue at 1 cm intervals alongside the strip.  Slightly below the highest fringe of your tubing, under the sharp angle you chop, start wrapping the strip across the tubing, holding it at a few 45-degree angle to the tubing, in order that it spirals down as you wrap. For a easy end, maintain the paper taught and barely stretch it as you wrap.

If you have to add strips, simply glue the top of 1 strip in place, and start wrapping the subsequent strip about ½” above the place the earlier one ends.


For the flower heart:

Utilizing template A, minimize a small oval from the purple heavy crepe. Dot one aspect of the oval with glue, after which place it on the polystyrene ball. Stretch the oval across the ball, and maintain it in place just a few seconds to permit the glue to set.

On the alternative finish of the polystyrene ball from the middle of the oval you simply utilized, pierce the ball along with your axe. Use your axe to widen the highest of this gap by holding it at a 45-degree angle to the floor of the ball and shifting all of it the way in which across the stem gap.

Lower one template B from the purple heavy crepe. Be sure the grain runs up and down the template.  (The highest edge must be zigzagged.)


Dot glue all around the purple crepe, together with the factors. Place the polystyrene ball about 2” from the underside of the purple crepe piece. The factors and the top of the ball lined by the purple oval ought to face up. Wrap the crepe across the ball, stretching it in order that it molds to the ball.

Press and easy the factors down in opposition to the highest of the ball. If there are any slight gaps between the smoothed down factors, they are going to be camouflaged by your purple oval, and no white ought to present via.


Inserting the stem:

Pull the three 18 gauge wires out about 4 inches from the sharp finish of the wrapped tubing. Insert these wires about 1” into the outlet in your polystyrene ball. Slide the sharp finish of your tubing up the wires, and pierce the outlet with the sharp tip. You don’t must insert the tubing very far; it simply helps to have the tip anchored within the ball.


Collect the crepe “skirt” beneath the ball tightly across the stem and scrunch it to permit the glue to set across the stem. Dot a protracted ¼” strip of olive superb crepe with glue and canopy this purple crepe skirt by wrapping the stem beneath the underside of the lined polystyrene ball, till you meet up with the part of the stem already wrapped in olive crepe.



Floret heart:


Snip your 20 gauge wire into 3.75” lengths. Lower a 1″ tall strip of the heavy purple crepe and stretch all of it the way in which out as proven above. Lower this strip into sections which might be wider than your template C. You should utilize the template C to chop this little fringe piece, or simply freehand a equally sized rectangle with three or 4 irregular factors alongside the highest edge. Dot glue alongside the underside three quarters of this little piece. Should you’re utilizing double-headed millinery stamens, fold two of those stamens in half and place them on high of the jagged purple rectangle to make a bit of cluster of 4 stamens. Place the stamens on high of the little purple piece, in order that the folded level on the stamens lies barely under the center of the rectangle. Place your quick wire on high of the stamens, in order that the tip of the wire lies barely above the center of the rectangle.

Wrap the remainder of the rectangle loosely round your wire and scrunch the underside to set the glue.


For the petals:


Lower a 2.25” x 3.75” rectangle of French violet superb crepe. The longer edge ought to run throughout the grain. Accordion or fan fold the strip (fold over, below, over, below) so that you’ve got 5 layers of paper. Use the field round template D as a information for the way broadly to area the folds (about ¾”). The fold traces ought to run with the grain and must line up pretty exactly.

You must have a bit of folded packet of superb crepe concerning the measurement of the field round template D on the template sheet. Place template D on the packet, aligning the underside of the template with the underside fringe of the packet.

The underside proper and left edges of the template D are marked with a dotted line that signifies that this part shouldn’t be minimize, however fairly aligned with the fold traces in your petal packet. Leaving this part intact on each side will guarantee that you’ve got a steady strip of petals.

Within the picture, I’ve opened up my packet of petals to indicate what a steady strip will appear like, however you received’t really open your packet but. First, gently twist the underside of the unopened petal packet. This can create evenly spaced crinkles that can make it simpler to collect the underside of the petal strip.

Untwist and open the petal packet. Ensure that every petal is going through the identical course and that none are twisted. Lay them aspect by aspect, very shut collectively however not overlapping, throughout your forefinger, after which lay down your thmb to carry them in place. Pinch the width of the underside of the petal strip to collect it. Dot glue on this pinched part and place your floret facilities in order that the highest of the glue line is simply above the underside of the little piece of heavy crepe you wrapped across the tip of the wire.


Loosely wrap the gathered petal strip across the stamen wire. Alter till the petals appear evenly spaced across the wire, after which scrunch the glued part of the strip across the stem.

Lower a ¼” huge by 4” lengthy strip of purple heavy crepe throughout the grain, and dot it with glue. Starting slightly below the petals, wrap the wire to about half an inch from the top of the wire, leaving a bit uncovered to assist pierce the ball.


Push the petals again in order that they lie perpendicular to the floret wire.

You’ll want between 80 and 100 florets relying on how densely you pack them into your allium.


Inserting the florets:

Starting on the very high of the flower heart, use your axe to pierce a gap within the lined polystyrene ball.

For further safety, you may dip the uncovered wire on the top of your floret in glue earlier than inserting it. (I normally don’t do that as a result of it makes it laborious to reposition the florets with out tearing the paper overlaying the ball, but when your florets are falling out of the ball, then it’s in all probability value it.)

Add a bit of circle of florets throughout this primary floret, spacing your holes about 1/8” aside. I don’t fear about being too exact with my gap spacing and simply eyeball it, ensuring that, total, the florets look evenly distributed. Proceed working downward, including florets across the ball towards the stem.

The trickiest a part of this challenge is including the ultimate florets across the base of the ball the place you’ve inserted the stem, as a result of you may’t push in opposition to the highest of the flower to carry it in place whilst you insert the wires within the backside. As an alternative, you may maintain the stem firmly to anchor the ball whilst you insert the final florets up across the backside of the ball.


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