The weather is finally warming up here in Ohio, and that can only mean one thing: warm-weather drinks! And what drink isn’t better garnished with something festive?
I’ve been seeing different kinds of DIY paper flowers pop up this past year (like these oversized wedding flowers and this wall display), so I thought, why not paper flower drink-stirrers? Here’s a look at how I made them.
How to make DIY paper flowers:
- Tissue paper
- Washi tape
- Bamboo skewers (I cut mine down to about 6″ to fit the glasses)
Things I learned while cutting the petals:
- If you try to cut too many sheets of tissue paper at one time, it gets harder to make clean cuts! 2-3 sheets at a time seems to be ideal.
- The skinnier (think daisies) and smaller the petal shape, the harder it is to fluff out once they are attached to the skewer. If you want to try daisy shaped petals, I would highly recommend making them bigger or wider than you might have done initially.
- Experiment with the size and shape of your petals to create different flower varieties. You could even try something like Mike’s coffee filter flowers with cupcake wrappers!
Things I learned while making the stamens:
- A little tissue paper actually goes a long way, which is why I suggest only using 4″ for the stamen. It can start to feel a little too full with a longer length.
- While completely unnecessary, using fringe scissors can make this step just a little faster ;)
Things I learned while assembling the flowers:
- When layering petals on the washi tape, it’s best to only overlap a little. Too much, and the petals end up sitting on the same side of the skewer when wrapped. This also seems to happen if they’re spaced apart! Just a little overlap is the key to getting the petals going all the way around the skewer.
- The staggering of layers on the stick really helps when you go to fluff your petals. If they’re all wrapped on top of each other, things get a bit crowded and it’s hard to move the petals.
- If your flower doesn’t have enough fluff after 2 layers of petals, add more! I liked my flowers best with 2 layers of petals, but with more, you just get more fluff :)
These little beauties are the perfect touch to make any drink a little happier!
To get a little more out of your flowers, stick them in a vase and enjoy your beautiful handiwork for as long as you like.
If you try different petal shapes, I would love to hear (and see) how they came out!