What You’ll Need:
Green floral tape
18” (46 cm) length 18-gauge reinforcement wire Wire cutters
For the Petals
Six 3” x 20” (7.5 x 50 cm) strips yellow tissue paper, one edge dip-dyed fuchsia with fabric dye
For the Center (Large Bud Ball)
20” x 30” (50 x 76 cm) sheet yellow tissue paper (or use leftovers from the petals)
One 18” (46 cm) length 18-gauge pretaped wire
For the Leaves
19” x 25” (48 x 63.5 cm) sheet green Canson paper
Four 9” (23 cm) lengths 18-gauge pretaped wire
Four ½” x2” (12 mm x 5 cm) pieces light-green tissue paper
What You’ll Do:
1. Prepare the Materials
Photocopy or trace the Eden Rose small, medium and large petal templates and cut out the petal shapes. Cut 34 3” x3” (7.5 x 7.5 cm) pieces from the tissue paper strips. Stack the pieces into two piles of 12 and one of 10, and place the small petal template on one stack of 12 so the top of the petal is at the dip-dyed edge of the paper. Trace the template onto the tissue and cut it out to make 12 small petals. Repeat with the medium and large petal templates for the remaining stacks, tracing and cutting 10 medium and 12 large petals, for a total of 34 petals.
2. Construct the Center
Construct a large bud ball to use as the center. Crumple the piece of yellow tissue for the bud center into a ball. Hold it in place at one end of the wire. Wrap the ball completely with two pieces of tissue paper for the outer layer, creating a smooth, wrinkle-free surface. Firmly grasping the paper edges, use floral tape to attach the bud to the taped wire. Hold the ball in one hand while wrapping the floral tape around the base with the other, taping, pinching and turning the stem as you go. Place a reinforcement wire alongside the bud stem and insert the top of the wire into the base of the bud (see A on the previous page). Attach it by wrapping it with floral tape the full length of the flower stem.
3. Construct the Leaves
Photocopy or trace the Eden Rose leaf templates and cut out the leaf shapes. Trace two small and two large leaves onto the green Canson paper and cut them out. Gently crease (but do not fold) the leaf along the guidelines provided on the template to create veins. Using the glue gun, apply a line of hot glue to the underside of the leaf (the smooth side of the paper) from the middle center to the base. Attach the wire to the back of the leaf by placing it in the glue. While the glue is still sticky, place the light-green tissue strip over the wire and leaf area, making sure that half is covering the wire on the leaf and half is covering the stem. Gently pinch the tissue paper to the stem once the glue has dried, after about 3 to 5 minutes. Apply floral tape starting just beneath the base of the leaf, covering the remaining length of exposed wire.
4. Create Double Petals
Place one small petal on top of another; then fan them apart ½” (12 mm) to make a double-petal (B). Using the edge of a closed pair of scissors, shape the top edge of the double-petal, creating a gentle curl inward (C). To give the small double-petal a cupped shape, add a dart (D). The three-point fold for the dart should extend from the bottom of the petal to ½” (12 mm) from the top. The base of the dart fold should measure about ¼” (6 mm) across and taper to a point. Gently gather the base of the small double-petal to give it a cupped shape. Repeat with the remaining small petals to make a total of six small double-petals.
Repeat the process with the medium sized petals to create a total of five medium double-petals.
Create six large double-petals in the same manner used for the medium double-petals, curling and darting as you did above.
5. Construct the Bloom
Place the first small double-petal at the base of the large bud ball center, positioning it so that the petal obscures the top of the bud ball center. Position a second small double-petal opposite the first petal at the same angle, so that the first petal swirls inside of it to create a pleasing, spiraled center (E). Secure both petals in place with floral tape, wrapping the tape down and around the wire twice, to about ½” (12 mm) below the base. Where you begin to wrap the tape is the tapeline. Repeat with the remaining small double-petals to encircle the center tightly; make sure to begin taping each at the tapeline that you established with the first set.
Place the gathered end of one medium double-petal opposite the base of the last small double-petal. The top of the petal should be ¼” (6 mm) above the small double-petal center you just created. Because these petals are darted and curled, they create the center volume of the rose. Add the remaining medium double-petals, gradually encircling the center. Turn the bloom with the addition of each petal, spacing them to create a full, round shape (F).
Attach the large double-petals in the same manner as the medium. There should be no sparsely petaled areas (G). Fluff the layers of petals to open the bloom. Bend the flower stem forward at a 30-degree angle at the base of the bloom.
6. Assemble the Stem
Bend the first large leaf stem at a 60-degree angle and attach it 3” (7.5 cm) below the flower base. Bend two small leaf stems at 60-degree angles, and attach them to each side of the remaining large leaf to create a leaf cluster. Attach the leaf cluster to the opposite side of the main stem 1 ½” (4 cm) below the first leaf (H+I). Using wire cutters, trim the flower to the desired length. Turn the flower upside down, and wrap the cut stem end with floral tape to finish.
The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations by Livia Cetti, published by Abrams, © 2017; abramsbooks.com.