Please ignore the countless wrong things I have done when ‘laying’ this place setting. When I was young everyone could tell when I had laid the table as the knife and fork were most likely to be the wrong way round – and it seems I still haven’t learnt.
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.
These pretty little paper flowers are a quick and simple idea for Mothering Sunday. Once you learn how to make them there are hundreds (well maybe 10) of ways to use them. From the garland shown here for jazzing up gift wrap, to sticking on a plain greetings card or scattering over a dining table or breakfast in bed tray. I’m sure any mother will appreciate a little handmade something on Mothers Day.
PAPER FLORAL GARLAND
You will need
Two 8cm squares of coloured paper, for large flowers
Two 5cm squares of coloured paper, for small flowers
4cm squares of coloured paper, for leaves
Craft knife and cutting mat
Small metal split pins
Length of thin ribbon or gold cord (if making a garland)
Glue stick or glue dots
TO MAKE THE FLOWERS
Using the templates below, cut the petal shapes from coloured paper. You need two petal shapes in different colours for each finished flower.
1. Take one of the petal shapes and, using the blunt back edge of the craft knife, score two straight lines as marked on the template (A and B). Turn the shape over and score the two diagonal lines marked in blue (C and D).
2. Fold the petal shape along the line marked A. Open it out and fold again along the line marked B, then turn it over and fold along the lines marked C and D.
3&4. Working around the shape, pinch each quarter together to give a slightly three-dimensional effect. Repeat steps 1–4 with another piece of paper in a different colour.
5. Using a bradawl and resting on a piece of wood, make a hole in the centre of each petal shape.
6. Place one petal shape on top of another and push a split pin through the two holes. Arrange the petals so both sets are visible. Repeat steps 1–6 until you have made as many flowers as you like.
7. To make the leaves. Using the template, trace and cut out the leaf shapes from coloured paper. Score a line three-quarters of the way down the centre of the leaf and crease.
8. To use the flowers and leaves to decorate a gift box, make holes in the leaves and thread them onto some thin ribbon or gold cord and wrap around the box. Use a small amount of glue or a glue dot to fix the flowers in place on the top of the box.
This project was taken from my book Scissors, Paper, Craft. Click here to see more of the book or use the blog search facility on the right for more Mothers Day inspiration.