For all you creative brides-to-be out there: this is DIY dynamite! Inexpensive, easy to make and wonderfully effective, make your own anemone decorations…
What do you do when the evenings draw to a close and it’s still far too chilly for al fresco dining…? Simple! You lovingly devote your time to creating a little bit of DIY dynamite in the form of these stunning anemone wedding decorations! Taken from the book, Flowersmith, by Jennifer Tran, we love the thought of adding the personal touch to your big day (especially as Jennifer assures us you can be a beginner and still get these flowers looking perfect!). Read on for your how-to guide…
Pliers, scissors, toothpick and bamboo skewer.
Paper type needed:
- 60gsm crepe paper in black
- 60gsm crepe paper in white
- 60gsm crepe paper in peach-blossom pink
- 60gsm crepe paper strip in light green
- 60gsm crepe paper in light green
- 18-gauge wire
- Parafilm tape
- Cotton wool
- PVA glue
- Ground coffee
- Flower 1 templates (see page 71 of the book, Flowersmith)
For the stem:
1. Cut three pieces of wire, each 25 cm (10 in) long. Bunch them together, then wrap the entire length of the stem with parafilm tape.
For the centre:
2. Cut one 4 x 4 cm (1½ x 1½ in) square of black paper. 3. Put a small amount of cotton wool around one end of the stem to form a ball. Cover the cotton wool ball with the black paper square and use parafilm tape to secure the paper to the stem. 4. Using a toothpick, cover the surface of the covered cotton wool ball with a small amount of PVA glue, then dip it into ground coffee to cover. Allow to dry.
For the stamens:
5. Cut a 2.5 x 18 cm (1 x 7 in) piece of white paper and fringe the top 1.5 cm (½ in). Wrap the unfringed section of the paperaround the base of the flower centre and secure with PVA glue. 6. Holding the stem, lightly dip the tips of the fringe into PVA glue and then into ground coffee. Tap off any excess coffee, then allow to dry.
For the petals:
7. Using peach-blossom pink paper, cut three small petals with template A, three medium petals with template B, and seven large petals with template C. Use the edge cut-out technique on a few of the petals. 8. Layer 1: Using PVA glue, attach the bottom 1 cm (½ in) of two A petals and one B petal evenly around the base of the flower centre. 9. Layer 2: Attach two B petals and one C petal around the base of layer 1, between the gaps of the attached petals. 10. Layer 3: Attach the remaining petals randomly around the base of the flower centre. 11. Starting from the base of the flower, wrap the entire length of the stem with light green paper strip, securing with PVA glue.
For the leaves:
12. Using the light-green paper, cut five leaves with template D. Scrunch and twist all the leaves. Use PVA glue to attach the leaves evenly around the stem, 7–10 cm (2¾–4 in) below the base of the flower. 13. Wrap the stem with another layer of light-green paper, starting from the base of the leaves. 14. Using a bamboo skewer, curl several leaves outwards and away from the stem.
15. Gently bend the stem to create a natural shape.
For more inspiration, get your copy of Flowersmith by Jennifer Tram (Hardie Grant, £16.99) here now!
Photography © Jennifer Tran