I started a project for our June wedding; making bouquets out of paper (origami). We will be getting married in Yosemite National Park and they are rather particular on the flowers allowed in the park. To simplify that issue and to save us a bundle of cash, I decided to make all of the flowers for the bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, etc.
As you get to know me, you’ll learn that I start projects and put them on pause to start other projects. I almost always get back around to each project. So I will continue to update you on the painting that I started with Lemon Meringue earlier, promise!
For now, here is my tutorial for making Calla Lily flowers and bouquets! While making my bouquets, I have continued to enjoy Lemon Meringue by Avitas. Since it’s a sativa, I have had laser-focused energy during this project, which has been VERY helpful.
The materials you will need:
- Glue stick(s)
- Wire (for flower stem)
- Floral tape (if desired)
- Paint (if desired)
- Lemon Meringue by Avitas and your favorite smoking apparatus (if desired)
- Snacks (if desired)
Step 1: Gather Materials
Get your paper, ruler, and pen. For darker paper I recommend using a highlighter. I am using scrapbooking paper by Martha Stewart. However, I recommend using Recollections brand instead because Martha’s sticker doesn’t come off cleanly or easily. It’ll ruin a corner of the paper if you’re not meticulously careful. And let’s face it, stoners don’t have time for that. Sorry Martha.
Step 2: Cut Squares
I am making 4 inch squares for my calla lilies. They seem to be easy to make and easy to work with in this size. Feel free to adjust based on your needs, but make sure you’re using squares.
Step 3: Diagonal Valley Folds
Once you have your square, you will want to fold the square diagonally (from corner to corner). Do this twice.
Step 4: 2 Corner Folds
Next you’ll want to fold two adjacent corners towards the center of the square. Unfold.
Step 5: Fold the same corners again
Next, fold those same corners to touch the new creases. Then glue them in place.
Step 6: Turn the paper over and create the border creases for the flower
Next, turn the paper over. Then you will create the border creases of the flower shown below. Note the differences in the two corners- only one has a crease that causes the corner to point downwards.
Step 7: Create the center of the flower
Take the corner that does NOT have a crease and fold it so that the corner is perpendicular above the rest of the paper.
Step 8: Glue the crease and twist.
Next, glue the crease you created in step 7. Do not glue the entire fold- just the portion you want to twist. You will need the rest of the fold for the next step. Once the glue has dried, twist the paper to finish the center of the flower.
Step 9: Give the flower a stem
Get your wire (cover in floral tape if you didn’t purchase floral wire). Add glue to the end of the wire (about the last inch of wire) and to the paper near the crease of steps 7 and 8. Place the stem in the fold and press firmly. Allow the glue to dry.
Step 10: Repeat steps 1-9 to create enough flowers for a bouquet. Use floral tape to adhere the stems together (ribbon works well too!).
The colors for my wedding are Royal and Navy Blues and Gold. We have a literary theme to our wedding, so some of the flowers are made from book pages (yes… real books were harmed in the process…)
As you can see, I have also painted my flowers. If you choose to paint them, I highly recommend painting them BEFORE you secure them into a bouquet. I did not do that the first time and immediately regretted it. You will have much more control and mobility when painting if they are not in a bouquet.
Thanks for reading!