Monday, May 29, 2017

Paper Gerbera Daisy Wedding Bouquet - DIY Tutorial

While visiting Craftgawker recently, my eye was drawn to a clever diamond ring made of paper. The link took me to DreamyPosy, a paper crafting site started by blogger and video content creator Anh. Not only are her photos gorgeous, but her videos are brief, detailed, and a joy to watch. Believe it or not, Anh is new to paper crafts... the quality of her work tells me she's a natural! "As I live in the East and don't know what Western people think or which seasonal crafts are suitable to make at this time, I make with my own inspiration."

I asked her to share a tutorial here as a way of introducing her website and YouTube channel.

Paper Gerbera Daisy Bouquet Tutorial

Luckily for us, she agreed right away and designed this free-form bouquet of gerbera daisies, just right for a rustic wedding. The subtle colors and dusty miller foliage are perfectly on trend this summer. I can't get over how real it looks, especially knowing she mainly used printer paper and ordinary tissues. Via the video, you'll learn her ingenious method for shaping authentic petals.

Paper Gerbera Daisy Tutorial

What You'll Need

Printer paper - white
Tissues - white (ex. Kleenex)
Lightweight paper - medium green for the sepal (or painted printer paper)
Pastel chalk - lime green and yellow for the daisy centers, ivory for stamens, purple and green for fringed flowers
Watercolor paint - white, black, blue for dusty miller leaves, dark green for baby's breath
Small paint brush
Wire - 24 gauge, 20 gauge
Wooden stylus
Molding pad - Styrofoam
Drinking straw
White glue
Glue gun
Double-sided tape - 2 inch wide (5cm) for dusty miller leaves
Floral tape - green
Organdy ribbon - 1.5 inch wide (4cm) - white

Paper Gerbera Daisy Materials

Make a Gerbera Daisy - follow along with the Summer Bridal Bouquet video to complete each step

1  Download the printable PDF template - includes daisy petal and sepal (also dusty miller leaf); cut out the petal and sepal segments
2  Wrap and shape the daisy center using a 0.5 inch (1.3cm) x 9 inch (23cm) strip of tissue (results in a 0.8 inch [2cm] diameter roll) and color it with lime green and yellow pastel chalk (or watercolor)
3 Insert a 24 gauge stem wire inside the rolled center and slip on the straw. Apply hot glue to the base of the center to secure. Bend up the far end of the wire outside the straw.


4  Cut the stamen segment using a .75 inch (2cm) x 8 inch (20cm) strip of printer paper
5  Color the stamen fringe with ivory chalk, curve the ends of the fringe with the stylus, and roll/glue it around the daisy center
6  Use the DIY trick (20 gauge wire form, wooden stylus, and Styrofoam) to shape each daisy petal
7  Glue the petals around the daisy center one at a time - 12 small petals first, then 24 large petals, staggering the large petals between the small petals
8  Use a pencil to trace the sepal segments onto medium green paper (or paint printer paper with watercolor) and cut them out. Glue the sepal segments to the stamen
9  Wrap the drinking straw stem with floral tape

Make a Dusty Miller Leaf (two sizes provided for variety)

1  Cut out the leaf templates
2  Apply double-sided tape to one half of the length of a strip of white printer paper that is the width of the leaf template and place a piece of 24 gauge wire in the center. Fold over the top half of the strip to cover the wire, making a double thickness, wired strip
3  Center a leaf template on the wire and trace around it, cut out the leaf
4  Blend white, black and blue watercolors to create a silvery light gray color; paint both sides of the leaf

Make a Fringed Flower

1  Cut a 3/4 inch (2cm) x 6 inch (15cm) strip of printer paper
2  Color it with pastel chalk (lavender or green)
3  Curl the fringe
4  Wrap the strip on a 24 gauge wire stem
5  Shape the fringe

Anh's video tutorial for baby's breath

Assemble flowers and foliage into a casual bouquet. Wrap the stems with ribbon, turning the end under, and glue it in place.

Visit DreamyPosy on YouTube to see more paper craft tutorials. Anh is also on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


DreamyPosy said...

Thanks so much, Ann, not only for accepting my guest post, but also a great teacher for a newbie like me to all of these. I have learnt a lot from you.
Thanks God for sending you just in time :)

Traci said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful site! I am now following Ahn on YouTube. One of the reasons I love your blog is because you are so generous in sharing others' creations.

Ann Martin said...

Anh, you are very welcome! I look forward to seeing your future creations and wish you much success with your site and videos.

Ann Martin said...

Aw thanks Traci, that's so nice of you to say.

anon said...

What a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing!,

Ann Martin said...

Anon, thanks for taking the time to comment. I'm glad you like the post.

Edna Siu said...

Thank you so much for the blog recommended, it is so gracious to know other talents who are so dedicated to paper crafts and their generous tutorials.

Ann Martin said...

You're welcome, Edna! I'm glad you enjoyed Anh's tutorial.

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