Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this year, why not express your love through a whimsical, handmade gift? This paper floral bouquet DIY is crafted from colourful crepe paper, not only capturing the essence of live blooms, but also making it a peaceful project to undertake for your special someone.
Choosing a handmade paper floral bouquet over traditional store-bought flowers also offers a more eco-friendly alternative, reducing your carbon footprint thanks to the use of sustainable and recycled materials to make this lasting piece.
Let’s start with the materials, shall we?
- Thick crepe paper in various tones of your choice
- Cricut Maker 3 (optional)
- Painter’s tape
- Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
- Pink pipe cleaners
- Leftover dry flowers and foliage
- Kraft paper
- Velvet ribbons
Step One: Cut the Flowers
First, cut the flowers using a Cricut Maker machine, designing a continuous petal technique to make the blooms, which consists of a strip of crepe paper cut with a fringe that you will later shape and glue together.
Attach a piece of crepe paper to the Cricut light grip cutting mat, and secure the ends with painter’s tape, making sure the paper won’t move during the cutting process.
Note: if you don’t own a Cricut machine, this step can be done manually using a pair of scissors ,experimenting with different shapes and fringes.
Step Two: Create the Flowers
Layer all the cut crepe paper petals and weave the excess carefully. You will repeat this process with all the flowers you cut.
Then firmly wrap the strip of petals and start adding hot glue around your forming bloom. With any excess crepe paper you have around, cut a strip and create your stamen. Attach a pipe cleaner to the back with the hot glue and repeat this process for each flower.
Step Three: Assemble the Bouquet
Finish arranging your beautiful paper flowers into a creative bouquet, varying the colours and heights and enhancing it by incorporating leftover dry flowers and foliage, making this combination of natural elements a stunning and unique aesthetic for Valentine’s Day.
Wrap the bouquet with Kraft paper for a rustic, handmade touch and secure it with colourful velvet ribbons, creating a whimsical touch to your gift.
This unique paper floral DIY bouquet is not only a thoughtful expression of love but also a perfect eco-friendly alternative to traditional gifting this year. We are sure your loved one will appreciate the effort and creativity behind this masterpiece.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Images Courtesy of Maca Atencio