Paper Romance

This beautiful tutorial is a guest post from Lucy from Craftberry Bush.  Enjoy!

Romance is the glamour that turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze – Amanda Cross
When Amy graciously asked me that I share a tutorial here at New Nostalgia, I was
honoured and quickly said yes. What I hadn’t realized however was that I had no idea
how to do a tutorial for this specific project.
You see, I often times just let my creativity take me away and I am a true believer that
there are no rules when it comes to creating. So I sat down and tried to put together a
tutorial to the best of my ‘structured’ ability.
To those of you who are truly paper artists, I apologize if my techniques are unorthodox
to your craft. Nevertheless, I hope that you get the gist of it and that you enjoy it!
Paper (I used pages of a book)
Clear tape
Masking tape
Floral wire (optional)
1. Cut or rip 5 strips of paper of approx. 3″ long by 1″ wide (these will form the middle
of the flower, I believe it is called the stigma…please correct me if you know the right
2. Wrap each piece of paper around the toothpick to help you get started on the quilling
3. Gather all the little tubes
4. Tape them together
5. Cut 15 petals in total (5 each of large (4″), medium (3″) and small (2″)). These are the
sizes that I used but please feel free to alter as you wish.
6. With your scissors, gently curl each petal just as you would curl ribbon.
7. How it looks
8. Start assembling your flower by placing the smallest petals around the stigmas (?)
overlapping them as you go around.
9. Continue this process all around
10. I secured it with tape after every layer, making sure I squeezed the paper together
tightly. Don’t worry about the petals being perfect at this point; you can mold them after
(paper is very forgiving to work with)
11. Continue to attach the petals until you have placed all 15 (from smallest to largest)
12. Squeeze the ‘stem’ tightly one last time and secure with tape
Trim the excess paper and you’re all done !! ( that was easy)
If you would like a stem, follow steps 13-16…
13. Tightly wrap the floral wire ( my wire measure approx 12″) around the flower a
couple of times and bend it downwards to form stem.
14. Wrap masking tape around the wire all the way down to the end.
15. Cut several long, thin pieces of paper and apply glue to them.
16. Wrap the strips of paper, one at a time, around the masking tape covered wired
And you now have a lovely paper flower…
I truly hope this tutorial was helpful and you give it a go!
Thanks so much for reading and thank you Amy for allowing me to share this with your
lovely readers!
much love,
You must click through as see this beauty topping a package.  I would love getting a package with something so beautiful adorning it!
She also used paper to make these hanging spheres, they are soft and understated, yet elegant.  They are made Christmas by hanging alongside Christmas globes.  So pretty!
Her blog is such a delight, and so is she!

Craftberry Bush

As a little girl, I dreamt in colour and I still do. In the winter, I long for colour but find calmness in the whites of the snow; spring’s welcoming tulips fill me with joy; the summer’s glow of the sun over the fields of ferns make me want to dance and in the fall as the leaves dress in their royal reds and oranges to say farewell, I am inspired. Inspired to create. And amongst all that nature as my children enjoy life along with me, they are my biggest inspiration. Some may call me an artist. I call myself a mother, a wife and a woman who loves life and dreams in colour.

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  • cleverlyinspired
    March 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I am in love with this rose!!! If you ever want to do a blog-swap I would love to!! Shared on fb!

  • Inspire Me Heather
    December 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Your flowers looked so sweet – I linked your tutorial to my “book pages” post!

  • Julie Bagamary
    November 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    How beautiful!

  • laurie @ bargain hunting
    November 29, 2010 at 12:11 am

    So pretty, and I thought the tutorial was very well done. Made me feel like I could try this. Thank you for sharing this lovely idea. laurie

  • Lana
    November 28, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Wow! And my girls thought I was cool because I can make a rose out of Play Dough! Pretty!

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