SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
Cardstock (Various color)
Oranges, pinks & Purples for flowers
Yellow for centers of flowers
Green for leaves
(make sure is easily bendable)
Make large poppy shape flowers by cutting out 3 or more flower shapes similar in size from the same color cardstock. Pinch and crease the centers of the petals to add interest and roll the ends up towards the center to create the flowers shape. Repeat with eat flower shape. To create the yellow center of the flower cut a piece of yellow card stock approximately 3" x 1" in size. Cut all along the longest edge ¾" down to leave ¼" along the bottom to create a fringe look. Tightly roll the piece up and secure with a piece of tape along the ¼" edge you didn’t cut. Fold and shape the fringe to give a textured look. Poke a hole into the center of the flower side enough to push the taped end of the yellow center into the flower. (Do not make it too large, you want it to be snug). Once in place, glue and wrap the end with floral wire to create a stem. (repeat to make multiple flowers.)
To make a daisy shape flower cut out 2 flower shapes and two 1.25" circles of from the flower color. Cut a fringe edge around the perimeter of the circle. Cut one ½" circle from the smallest center circle out of the black cardstock. Pinch and crease down each petal of the flower to add dimension to the petals. (repeat with both flower pieces) Roll the fringe into the center to create a curled up affect to the circles. (Repeat this with all both flower colored circles, do not do this to the small black center circle). Crumble and crinkle the center circle to add dimension. Using the floral wire punch a whole through the center of a flower piece. Add a dab of glue to the flat center portion and then stack on the next flower piece pushing the wire through each piece. Continue until all 3 are stacked and glued in place. Curl the end of the piece of wire by making a small ¼" size loop on the end with pliers. Tape the loop in place onto the top of the flower and pull tight. This will secure the flower to the wire and keep it from moving. Set aside to dry while you make the center. Stack the circle pieces, gluing each piece in place as you stack them up. You may need to curl back the fringe to get each circle to fit together. Lastly glue the crinkled black center circle in the middle. Glue the center piece into the center of the flower covering the tape and wire and finishing off the flower. (repeat to make multiple flowers.)
To make the small filler flowers cut out a small flower shape out of card stock, make a smaller scalloped circle for the center of the flower. Pinch and crease the petals to create dimension. Poke a piece of wire through the middle of both pieces. Make a small loop at the end of the wire to keep the pieces from falling off and secure the pieces together with glue. Use a small piece of the floral wire wrapped around the stem to keep the flower up and in place. (repeat to make multiple flowers.)
Cut out a leaf shape from the green cardstock. Fold down the center to add dimension. Using the floral wire poke a hole ¼" up from the end of the leaf (at the point). Fold the end back down and loop it around itself to hold it in place. This will attach the leaf to the wire. Make sure to not make the hole too close to the edges, or pull the loop too tight to rip the cardstock. You will want to pinch the loop secure to the cardstock with pliers so the leaf is help tight by the wire. (repeat to make multiple leaves.) *Filler leaves will also be needed that do not have wires attached that you can just tape to the back of the flowers. Make sure to create variation in your leaves by making them slightly different shapes and colors.
Once you have an assortment of flowers and leaves made you will need to assemble them. Measure around the hat and create a wire circle that will fit around where the hat base and top come together. Attach the flowers to the hat by twisting the wire stems to the wire circle and trimming off any excess wire. Continue around the wire circle attaching the flowers and leaves filling in any gaps. Once you have the circle complete you can attach it to the hat with safety pins.
1. Adding tonal affects by using similar shades of paper
2. Adding interest with lines and dimension by adding folds and rolling the paper