Festive, budget friendly and simple to make are how I'd describe these newsprint paper flowers that I whipped up the other day as last minute centerpieces. And since newsprint is used rather than tissue paper or crepe paper, the bottom layers of the flower retain their petal shapes and make a nice sturdy base, enabling one to simply attach the flower to a plate or pedestal of any kind.
- newsprint paper
- crepe paper (the least expensive and flimsiest is what I used)
- masking tape (or packing tape)
- sharp scissors
- Each flower consists of four layers of newsprint and three layers of crepe paper. You can experiment with more layers, though I found this to be optimum.
- My rectangles of newsprint were a result of folding one huge piece of newsprint into four, and each rectangle measures about (will fiil this in in a moment). The crepe paper can be the same size though since I was again conserving materials I simpy divided the roll of crepe paper into four to determine my crepe paper size, which was slightly smaller than the newsprint.
- Lay your newsprint layers on the bottom and then the crepe paper.
- Start to accordian fold the entire bunch, making folds about 1 inch high (less will be too difficult), though accuracy is not important. Burnish each fold.
- Once you've folded the entire length into an accordian, simply run a piece of masking tape tightly around the center, as seen below.
- Cut half petal shapes, as seen below.
- Gently form the flower by starting to pull each individual layer up to the center. This will get more difficult with the newsprint, so patience is necessary.
- I left two layer of newsprint laying flat to form the base.
And that is it! So get to work and make yourself a garden of lovely flowers! These would look amazing as a photo backdrop, (namely taped to a wall) or just about anywhere. I just put one on my pedestal cake stand and it looks fantastic as a centerpiece. Oh and of course, don't forget this idea as a present topper! Enjoy!