Eden Rose

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What You’ll Need:

Gen­eral Ma­te­ri­als


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

Hot-glue gun

Hot-glue sticks

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.

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