You will need:
A little bit of tape to finish them off
To make one flower you need two coloured strips each measuring 10 cm x 75cm. The size of the strips will influence the size of the flower petals so feel free to play around with the measurements for more variety. Mix and match the colours between flowers.
Leave a tail about 7-8cm at the end.
Roll them together so that you have one colour on the outside and another on the inside.
(My example looks more like half way but I intended to have the flattened section showing on the right…see?)
The cut should come pretty close to the edge but be careful not to cut all the way through.
When this section is folded open it will create a petal/leaf shape.
There will be a few petals/leaves that alternate in colour in the middle of your ‘stack’. Also there will may be some that are cut in half. Pluck them out!
The same goes for the petal. Here I have rounded it out.
Roll the petals around a pen. Please note that this is a Jumbo Sharpie pen and it’s not that I have freakishly small hands!
Pinch the edges of the petals as they are around the pen.
You should end up with something that looks like this…now for the über fun part!!
By holding the base as shown in the picture and then pulling at the first petal carefully extend the tube to make THIS!
By gently winding the tube tighter the leaves and petals will create a spiral. This is the tricky part. You want to make sure the tube ‘tension’ stays even.
Once you have created a cool spiral you need to push the top back down to its original position…only this time all the leaves and petals are beautifully arranged to create a flower. This part is maybe the hardest bit. Do it slowly taking your time. You may need to adjust the tightness of the tube to allow it to squash down easier.
Once you are done a little sticky tape at the base will hold everything together.
That was fun right?
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make anything exciting with your flowers (headdress, flower arrangement, garland, parade float!) I would LOVE to see pictures of your creations!