How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase

Contrast textures with delicate paper peonies in a concrete vase – Lana Red shows you how.

Pair lifelike paper peonies with a simple concrete vase, for a feminine vibe with an industrial edge. Easy to make, and purse-friendly too, there are so many ways you can adapt this project. Add a drop of food colouring to the concrete mix before pouring to colour the vase, place small leaf shapes around the base of the flowers, or add a few tones of paint to the petals for a realistic finish.

Materials

For the flowers

  • Pink, coral, green and yellow crepe paper
  • Green floral wire, 22-gauge
  • Glue gun
  • Watercolour paint
  • Paint brush
  • Templates

For the vase

  • Craft concrete
  • Large plastic bottle
  • Small plastic bottle
  • Craft knife
  • Petroleum jelly

How to make paper flowers

Step 1

Photocopy and cut out the templates, then cut eight of each small petal and six large petals from the pink crepe paper. Cut one stamen from the yellow paper, cutting down the thinner lines to create a fringe.

Step 2

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 2

Using a clean wet brush, dampen the petal, then paint a few drops of colour at the pointed end – we used a shade slightly darker than the crepe paper.

Step 3

Repeat Step 2 with the remaining petals, then leave to dry – don’t move them while they’re still wet, as the paper may tear.

Step 4

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 4

Take one of the smaller petals and hold it between your thumb and index finger. Gently place both your thumbs in the centre of the petal, then pull it slightly, stretching out the centre and indenting it to create a cup shape. Repeat with all the remaining petals.

Step 5

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 5

Heat up your glue gun, then add a drop of glue to the bottom uncut corner of the stamen piece. Stick it onto one end of the floral wire, then tightly wrap the length of paper around the wire as shown. Secure the end in place with another drop of glue.

Step 6

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 6

Add a drop of glue to the bottom point of one of the small petals, then press to the bottom of the stamen to secure. The petal should wrap slightly around the wire and stay upright.

Step 7

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 7

Repeat Step 6, rotating the wire a small amount each time so the petals are evenly placed around the outside, slightly overlapping and layered on top of each other. Once all the small petals have been added, repeat to add the larger petals around the outside.

Step 8

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 8

To cover the stem, cut a long strip from the green crepe paper. Add a dot of glue to the end of the paper and attach it to the bottom of the wire. Wrap the paper along the length of wire, adding dots of glue as you go, until you reach the base of the flower. Secure the end in place with another dot of glue.

Step 9

Repeat Steps 1-8 to make a selection of flowers from both the pink and coral crepe paper.

How to make the concrete vase

Step 10

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 10

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 10b

Clean the plastic bottles, removing the labels, then cut the tops from both using a craft knife or scissors. The smaller bottle will need to fit inside the bigger bottle, with enough space around the outside for the concrete, as these will form your mould.

Step 11

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 11

Mix the concrete with water as per the manufacturer’s instructions, then grease the inside of the larger bottle and the outside of the smaller bottle with petroleum jelly.

Step 12

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 12

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 12b

Fill the large bottle halfway with the concrete mixture, then shake it, or knock it against a surface to remove any air bubbles. Slowly push the small bottle inside the large bottle, taking care to keep it central, and stopping before you reach the bottom.

Step 13

Shake or tap the bottle again to remove any air bubbles and to even out the top of the mixture. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 14

How to make paper peonies and a concrete vase - step 14

Once the concrete has set, carefully cut away the plastic, taking care not to mark the concrete. Remove the small plastic bottle by pulling it out, or leave it in and cut away any plastic showing.

Step 15

Arrange your crepe paper flowers inside to finish, trimming the stems shorter if necessary.

 

About Lana Red

Lana is a photographer and designer – check out her DIY and lifestyle blog, Lana Red Studio, for craft tutorials and inspiring articles. You can also visit her shop at www.shoplanaredstudio.etsy.com to buy handmade jewellery and other makes.

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