Bulbous flowers are a sure sign that spring is around the corner. As these beautiful flowers peek their heads through the ground, it gives us hope that warmer days are near.
Spring crocus (Crocus vernus) are hardy flowers and are usually the first to pop up, sometimes coming up through leftover snow. But they unfortunately don’t last very long. That is, unless you make your own.
- Crepe paper, flat sheets (I used purple and yellow)
- Hot glue or craft glue
- Wooden skewer
- Green acrylic craft paint
Cut a strip of purple crepe paper that is approximately 12 inches by 3 inches.
Fold the strip into a 1 1/2-inch accordion fold.
Cut out a petal shape about 1 inch in size with the grain of the paper running vertically. This will yield about 10 petals (enough for about two flowers).
Stretch the center of the petals to make them cup.
Cut out a 4-by-2-inch piece of yellow crepe paper.
Fold the strip into a 1 1/2-inch accordion fold, and cut several slits on the top to form fringe.
Next, paint a wooden skewer with green paint to mimic a flower stem. Allow the paint to dry.
Wrap and glue the yellow paper around the top of the wooden skewer, positioning it so that 1 1/2 inches of it is glued to the skewer and 1/2 inch (the fringed part) sticks up off the skewer.
Glue a petal around the stamen, positioning it so it is about 1/2 inch taller than the stamen.
Glue three petals at a time, overlapping them.
Continue gluing petals around the stamen, positioning them lower and lower down the stem until the yellow paper is completely covered. Each flower will need about five or six petals.
Cut a piece of purple crepe paper that 4 inches by 2 inches.
Wrap and glue it around the bottom of the flower.
Shape the petals to open up if you wish.
Arrange your crocus in a vase. Or you can insert these into pots along with real crocus, and as the real flowers fade, you can continue to enjoy your everlasting paper crocus flowers.
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