By Glinis Braganza Crasto
1) solid coloured chart paper of uour choice, about half a sheet per flower
2) Cardboard sheet 20″ by 20″
3) Old A4 sized magazine
4) Quarter sheet of solid coloured paper preferably a darker contrasting colour to form the central part of the flower.
Take the outer pages of an A4 size magazine. Fold this page in half lengthwise and draw half of the desired petal shape in a size as big as possible to fit the half A4 page. Then cut it out. This is your biggest petal shape. Similarly draw smaller sizes till you reach a size where the length of the petal is 3″.
With the help of the petals cut out from the magazine pages, trace the same petal shapes onto cardboard. Then cut out these shapes and keep the cardboard cutouts for good. Use based on the size of the flower desired.
On a chart paper of desired flower colour, trace out 5 of each petal size and cut out the same.
Take a rounded pencil(not hexagonal) and use it to curl the broad end of the petal as shown in the visual. Do this for all petal sizes holding all petals of each size together.
Make a slit from the bottom of the petal to about the centre. Note that the size of the slit has to be the same for all petals of each size. Hence again, hold all 5 petals of the same size together when making the slit as shown in the visual.
Apply Fevicol or any strong adhesive as shown in the visual on all the petals and paste one side of the slit over the other as shown. This will cause the petal to gain height.
Paste 2 petals together of the largest petal size. Repeat this again. The 5 the petal is to be given a pointy shape at the tip as shown. Do this for all petal sizes. Then paste the 2 coupled petals together and add the 5th petal by making a slit in the set of 4 petals as shown in the visual. Repeat for all sizes. You now have petal sets of each size.
Paste the petal sets one inside the other in descending order of size by using Fevicol at the centre of each set.
Cut a strip of either the same colour or matching colour chart paper. The width & length of the strip will vary based on the size of the flower. Bigger the flower, broader the with and longer the length. In this case I have taken 3″ width and 20″ length. Fold the strip in half and paste at the open end.
Cut slits in the strip from the closed end. Draw a pencil line for uniformity of the slits. Then curl the cut end with a rounded pencil. Now roll the strip as shown, use glue along the way to keep it in place.
Paste the prepared centre under step 9 in the centre of the flower.
These flowers can also be made using 6 petals. For 6 petals, the when you take one side of the slit petal and paste it on the other side, paste in such a way that the petal does not gain as much height as done I. The 5 petal flower. One more adjustment that needs to be made is, when sticking the petals to each other, they are to be stuck one at a time leaving a hole at the centre.And an additional circular patch of the petal colour chart, has to be used at the base of the flower.
These flowers can be made in various sizes and colours as desired and arranged in various patterns as required.
These flowers can be used for various purposes and make pretty photos. Backdrops, baby’s crib deco, wedding car decoration, as embellishments, baby photos etc.