Tiffanie Turner of papelsf and corner blog is back with a spectacular delivery of vibrant (end of summer) color! Check out Tiffanie’s version of the classic bourganvilla embraced with lovely godetia to compliment. Learn how to re-create this beauty today.
Hi there! I'm very happy to be back with another crepe paper tutorial for the truly lovely folks at Carte Fini. Something bright to finish up the summer with, a bouquet of beautiful godetia and bougainvillea. These are two flowers I've started to teach at the beginning of my workshops , because they are simple enough, and they showcase six gorgeous crepe paper colors that were just made for them. It's hard to tell the real thing apart from these paper beauties!
The colors pictured above that I used for the godetia are #548 (baby pink) and #569 (sweet pea), #601 (salmon), and beautiful ombré colors #600/1 (pink salmon nuance), which is more of a fuschia-to-white-to-fuschia ombré) and #600/4 (blush nuance), a salmony-pink-to-white-to-salmony pink ombré). Color #570 (pink suede) is a perfect color for bougainvillea. I love them all!
As I mentioned, these are fairly simple flowers, a far cry from my previous tutorial for Carte Fini, but they pack quite a punch as a bouquet, boutonniere, in a flower crown or as a filler for your other paper flower projects. Both are constructed in a way to make them less fragile. The bougainvillea are loosely interpreted, while the godetia are a spot-on match for the real thing, if I do say so myself. Let's get started!
Along with the crepe paper colors you would like to use for the petals, you will need some green crepe paper for the leaves (should you choose to add them). I recommend color #562 (green leaf), or for a special occasion, color #801/2 (green gold metallic nuance). You will also need green florist wire and tape, a glue gun and glue sticks, scissors and an upholstery needle.
Below are the petal sizes and shapes, shown on a 1" x 1" grid. Use these as a guide for your petals for each flower.
Start by cutting three 1 1/2" wide strips of paper with the crepe grain running up and down the long way. They should each be a bit longer than two of the sections demarcated by the ridges, as shown below. You will be cutting three petal sets from these, each one slightly longer than the last.
For the innermost petals, which will be the smallest, cut the ridge off of each end of one strip of paper, so that the strip is just the length of two sections and a center ridge. Fold the strip in half at the ridge and cut the petal shape from that. The top of the petal should touch the top of the strip of paper. Unfold for your first petal set and set aside.
Next, repeat the above step, but cut the second strip to the outside of each ridge line, so that the ridges are at the top and bottom of your strip. Fold at the center ridge and cut your second petal set from this, again being sure to use the full height of the strip. Set aside.
The shortest petal set will be on the inside of the flower, the longest on the outside.
Similarly, each side of each petal set needs to be stretched into a little cup. To do this, press both thumbs into the center of each side of the petal close to the fold, and stretch gently but firmly to create a cupped form. Repeat on the other side of the fold, and on the other two petal sets as well.
They should look like this:
To insert a floral wire stem, first carefully pierce the bottom in two places with an upholstery needle as shown below, then thread the wire through and twist to secure.
You can leave the flower just like this if you'd like. They are beautiful in a vase without any greenery, and they are perfect as-is if you'll be securing them to a crown or headpiece.
If you do want leaves, cut two leaves to match those shown on the grid template photo near the top of the post. Gently cup them, and glue one to either side of the bottom of the flower. Wrap the bottom of the leaves tightly with floral tape (stretching to bring out its adhesive properties) and continue down the stem, smoothing as you go.
TO MAKE BOUGAINVILLEA
Cut two 1" wide by two segment long strips of crepe paper. Cut inside of the ridges so they look like the strips pictured below.
Fold the strips in half. Using the gridded petal guide near the top of the post, cut a petal out of one of the folded strips, creating two connected petals.
Apply a wad of glue about 1/4" long up from the center fold. When it is just cool enough to touch, pinch the double petals together tightly and roll between your fingers.
Close the second set of petals around the first, pinch tightly and roll between your fingers until totally cool. When glue has completely set up, pull down the three outermost petals, leaving the fourth sticking straight up in the center.
Stretch that center petal out wide (without cupping). Carefully cut about 3/8" off of the end of the center petal, then cut and trim it into three tapered pieces, as shown below.
Attach a wire stem to the bottom by simply setting the wire in a bead of glue. Like with the godetia, you can stop there if you want! These look great in a headpiece or clustered in a vase.