Like so many great things, we found the duo of Amaranthus Paper & Flora on Instagram. But we didn’t expect them to be in our own backyard. I love Nashville and how our hub of creativity takes so many forms. I just knew we needed to get Meredith & Cherie to share a peek behind the scenes on our blog, and they so graciously gave us a whole tutorial just for you! Enjoy making these beautiful blooms & check out their gorgeous work at http://www.amaranthuspaperflora.com, Etsy and Instagram!
Have a great weekend!
Happy spring! We are Cherie and Meredith Eastburn, the mother-daughter team behind Amaranthus Paper & Flora, and we specialize in handcrafted crepe-paper flowers. While fresh flowers are a lovely gift or addition to your home or workspace, they soon wilt and die even with the best intentions and care. Our paper blooms are always bright, lively, and lasting, which make them an excellent token of love, appreciation, hope, celebration, or remembrance.
While we love building bouquets out of our loose stem flowers, we have found that flat-backed blooms make great ornaments, gift-toppers, or wine-bottle charms. They could even be turned into a brooch or hairpiece! With that in mind, we are going to share the steps we follow to create our paper interpretation of a camellia bloom.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- A small circular disc, about 2” in diameter (cut out of cardboard, or we use little cork discs from the craft store)
- Glue gun and hot glue sticks
- Twine (one piece about 6” long)
- Crepe Paper (we prefer the 180 gm crepe paper from Carte Fini and Paper Mart)
- One color for petals (we chose Carte Fini’s 180 gm Pink Tulip crepe)
- A second color for the flower centers (we’re using Carte Fini’s 180 gm French Vanilla crepe)
- Petal template (Click the link to print straight from your browser, or you can control-click to save the downloaded link to your computer)
Let’s get started!
1. Begin by cutting out your petals. You will need 4 small, 8 medium, and 6 large petals. While you can cut each petal out one at a time, we find that folding over the crepe to cut through several layers at once is more efficient. Six layers is about the thickest we like to cut at a time. Read more