I have more pretty, crepe paper flowers today from my photographer friend Dina. Last week, she shared her rosy, Crepe Paper Flower Wreath. Today’s tutorial is for a Polka Dot, Crepe Paper Flower Topiary. Check out those button centers! This blooming bouquet would make a nice birthday gift or hostess gift, or centerpiece for a bridal shower or birthday party. Dina’s shared lots of photos, so here’s how she made her Polka Dot, Crepe Paper Flower Topiary.
To make a Polka Dot, Crepe Paper Flower Topiary, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball for the top; smaller ball that fits snugly in your container
- Container or flower pot
- Wood dowel, ¼” x 10”
- Crepe paper rolls, polka dot and solids
- Buttons, 1” in coordinating colors
- Pearl head pins
- Glass marbles, moss, or other filler for the top of the pot
- Tools needed: Scissors; optional: serrated knife
To make a Polka Dot, Crepe Paper Flower Topiary:
1. Wrap the 6” ball and the wood dowel with crepe paper. Secure the ends with glue.
2. Fill the container or flower pot with the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Trim the ball with the serrated knife, if needed, for a secure fit. Glue the ball in place.
3. Insert the wood dowel into the pot, making sure it’s straight. Remove, and insert the dowel into the crepe-paper covered ball. Remove the dowel, add glue to both holes, and insert the dowel back into the foam balls. Be sure the topiary form stands straight, and adjust if needed, before the glue sets.
4. Make your flowers. You’ll need about 16 – 20 flowers, depending on the size you make and how you arrange them on the ball.
- Cut a 1” – 1-½” circle from card stock.
- Spread glue on the circle.
- Glue the polka dot crepe paper around the circle, pleating it as you go. The pleats will form the petals.
- Once you’ve fully completed the circle of crepe paper, cut off the end.
- Trim ½” from the strip of solid crepe paper you’ll use for the second layer. Glue to the center, pleating the paper as you go.
5. Add button centers as you pin the flowers onto the foam ball. Rearrange the flowers as you go to alternate colors, and create the amount of fullness you’d like.
6. Arrange your pot filler in the pot, covering the foam ball.
You also might want to check out Dina’s original inspiration over at Ribbons and Glue. Holly made a charming little bouquet with her flowers.
Is there anything sweeter than flowers in the spring? I thought of Dina’s pretty crepe paper flowers when I heard the story about an eight-year old Italian boy who invented the word petalosa, which means “full of petals.” His teacher is trying to have the word officially added to the Italian language. It’s a beautiful word that perfectly describes today’s project, don’t you think?