When I was young one of our Christmas traditions was to make red and white paper carnations from red Christmas paper serviettes and white K-dry tissue (a kind of industrial strength tissue that came in rolls like kitchen rolls – it was not remotely kind to the nose!) These paper carnations and a little sprinkle of glitter made the table centrepiece for our Christmas Dinner.
These days there is a lot more choice when it comes to paper napkins. Quite often I find myself not wanting to dirty a pretty design as they are just too pretty to use to wipe your mouth or hold crumbs. I feel they should be celebrated and used in a more creative way so I have adapted my mums carnation method and this is the result.
To make the flowers you will need
A selection of colourful serviettes. These were from Talking Tables, scissors, 25 cm of florists wire, paper straws, glue gun or glue.
Take two matching napkins, open them both out and cut into quarters.
Pile the napkin quarters on top of one another.
Pick up the pile and concertina it – you should be able to get 6 folds in.
Take the piece of florist wits and wrap one end around the middle of the concertina napkin, then twist to secure
Cut an arc shape at both ends
Starting at one side carefully separate out the layers of the napkin to create the flower
Repeat on the other side till your flower has bloomed
Finally push the wire stem into a paper straw and secure at the top with a little blob of glue.
Repeat with more napkins till you have a beautiful bouquet
If you wish to use these blooms as place names simply cut a leaf shape from some green paper and then write the recipients name on it and display at their seat.
If you’d like to see a video showing how it’s done please visit my Instagram here