Giant Valentines Day Peony - A Carte Fini tutorial by Roya's Creations


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It is such a wonderful feeling to celebrate "LOVE". I am so glad to bring you the joy of making a beautiful giant peony for the one you love this Valentines Day!!!

Lets get started. Here are the supplies you need for this tutorial:
* 2 rolls of Carte Fini Scarlet Red Crepe Paper #589
* 16 gauge flower wire stems
* 22 gauge wire
* Glue gun
* Glue sticks
* Thread
* Scissors
* Needle nose pliers
* 5 inch diameter cardboard circle

Cut 14 inches of crepe paper. Then cut 3-1/2 inch across the paper to achieve a ribbon-like piece. Now fold the paper four times and then use your scissors to make cuts half way down the grain of your paper to give it a grass-like ribbon:
Take a 16 gauge wire and cut it on half and bend one end of the wire to make a hook a shown in the picture:
Then hot glue the bent end of your wire to grass shape paper. Now start wrapping the paper around the wire all the way to the end of the paper to achieve the stamen. Add a dot of hot glue to secure it:
Now let's start cutting our first set of peony petals. Cut 28 petals along the grain as I've shown in the picture. Each petal is 5 inches long and 1-1/2 inches wide:
Let's start shaping and attaching them to the stamens. Take a petal and with your index finger and thumb starting from middle of the petal pulling to the tip till you get an inward shape:
Now place your thumbs on either side of the petal and collapse your thumbs inward pulling away from the middle of the petal to achieve a spoon shape:
Repeat this process two more times to create 3 petals. Then take all three petals and start tying the bottom of the petal together in a line. Repeat this process with all your 28 petals so you end up with 14 sets petals:
Now start tying them around the stamens one set over lapping the other as shown in the picture:
Now lets start cutting your second sets of larger petals. Cut 60 pieces of petals each one 6-1/2 inches long and 2-1/2 inches wide. Repeat the above process to tie the petals together just like the first sets of petals that you've already attached to the stamens:
Now you will reach a point that you'll need to attach the petals to the rest of the flower by using your hot glue gun:
The 3rd set of petals should be at 8 inches long and 2-1/2 inches wide. Repeat the same process as before but this time you will be attaching 4 petals together. Align the first two and tie them together. Then take the third petal facing it to the side of the first two petals and tie it to them. Take your fourth petal and tie it to your third petal just as I've shown you in the picture:
Now hot glue the petals to your half bloomed peony. Repeat this process until you have achieved your desired shape for your peony:
The next step is to use the pliers to cut off the wire stem from the bottom of your peony:
Use the 5 inch diameter cardbored circle for the back of your peony so you will be able to secure it to any wall or desired surface. Cut an 8 inch diameter circle of the crepe paper and cover your cardboard with it using dots of hot glue:
Now using your scissors, make two holes at the top of your circle. Cut 10 inches of your 22 gauge wire and make Loop through the two holes. Using the needle nose pliers, twisting the two ends together as shown in the picture. Now do the same process on the opposite side so you will end up with 2 loops:
Now apply hot glue to side of the circle that has the twisted wire and attach it to the back of your peony and hold until the glue has cooled off:
Congratulations!!! 
You have just made your first giant peony for the one you love!!!
Happy Valentine's Day to you all...Roya  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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