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DIY Paper Floral Ring

I thought I would share with you how I made this large floral ring window display which I installed at The Paper Place, so that if you decide you want to make one to, you’ll have a head start. So here’s my DIY Paper Floral Ring tutorial.

Here’s how I did it:

The first challenge was to determine the size of the DIY paper floral ring so that it would fit comfortably within the large window that was 93 inches wide by 90 inches tall. I calculated that there should be about 1 foot space between the ring and the window frame. So I decided to create a ring with a diameter of 5 feet, accounting for the ring to be a little larger in the end because there would be leaves and flowers extending outside of the ring structure.

The second challenge was to create a round structure that could be transported easily. I knew it would have to be broken down into smaller pieces so that it could fit into my car. With a diameter of 5 feet, each half would be about 2.5 – 3 feet wide by 5 – 6 feet long, which was small enough to be easily placed into my car, with the backseats down. I initially considered using PVC piping, the type that plumbers use and the type that many paper floral artists use as stems for their larger than life flowers. But as I was exploring the different options at the hardware store, I realized that the disadvantage of the PVC piping was that I would need to use a heat gun to create the round shape I wanted. I would have to use a guide to make it. While looking at the other pipings, I came across flexible PVC tubing from the electrical section, these electrical PVC conduits. It was super flexible and easily shaped. I knew that if I had 2 pieces of the same length, and connected them together, it would automatically create a round shape because of the tension between the two pieces and the flexibility of the tubing to permit that. I bought 2 coupling connectors. I could easily push the ends of the conduits into the couplings to connect them; to disconnect them, I just had to pull them out of the couplings. To finish, I sprayed painted them in Krylon green spray paint.

The third challenge was to hang the DIY paper floral ring while I worked on it. I initially tried to hang it on my Pax wardrobe, but I needed access to my art supplies, so it didn’t work. I have a metal shelf from IKEA that I use to hold my paints, tools etc. and random household items. I used 18″ zip ties to tie 2 short metal bars to the top of the shelf, with at least 5 inches protruding out from the top of the shelf. I then attached fishing wire to the ring at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock, and hung them from the 2 metal bars. I had to adjust the positions several times, and as I worked on the paper floral ring, to keep the ring circular. At some point, the paper floral ring was heavy enough that the bottom of the ring at 6 0’clock was dragging. So I tied fishing wire to the bottom at 6 o’clock, and threaded that through the top of the ring at 12 o’clock, and then attached it to the top of the shelf. I tightened the fishing wire until the bottom of the DIY paper floral ring was no longer sinking, and the DIY paper floral ring was round again.

The fourth challenge was to find a way to easily attach the leaves and flowers to the actual DIY paper floral ring. I created a cage around the ring using chicken wire. I cut strips of it, the length of each section of the electrical PVC conduit, and width of it about 6 hexagons. I curled it around the conduit tubing and attached it using zip ties.

 

When I got to the sections where the couplings connected the tubes, I attached the chicken wire frame tightly around one side, and loosely on the other side so that the loose side could easily cup around the tight side.

 

Once the chicken wire cage was secured, I was able to insert the leave stems into the cage. I secured the stems by wrapping them around the chicken wire. I tried to do this as much as possible. In areas where I couldn’t do this, I used a short stem wire, in a 26 gauge, to tie the stem to the chicken wire. Here’s 2 short video demonstrations, one using the leaf’s stem wire, and one using a separate stem wire:

I worked on the paper floral ring by first attaching the leaves, and then the magnolia branches. I continued to installed the flowers and leaves as I made them.

 

 

 

I experimented with different types of flowers and colours, and finally decided to stick with the white and blush, to reflect the colours and weight of the magnolias.

Once everything was attached, I sprayed all of the foliage and flowers with 2 layers of Krylon K01305 Gallery Series Artist and Clear Coatings Aerosol, 11-Ounce, UV-Resistant Clear Gloss.

Here’s the final installation at The Paper Place.

Let me know if you have any questions at all! This was my way of solving the problem of a large wire structure – there are probably many other more efficient and effective ways.

~ Jessie

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  • sue bowenJune 4, 2018 - 7:07 am

    Jessie what a wonderful piece of art . A masterpiece and celebration of paper flowers . How many hours of flower making please ?  I think the use of the foxgloves is a stroke of genius and my favorite section   . Thank you so much for sharing this mammoth task . Sue Bowen ReplyCancel

    • JessieJune 4, 2018 - 12:18 pm

      Hi Sue – Great to hear from you my flower friend! I didn’t keep track of how many hours I spent on this, but I estimate (conservatively) that it took me 35-40 hours on the greenery and give or take, about an hour on each flower stem. So many many hours!ReplyCancel

Distant Drums Rose Online Course Launched

My Distant Drums Rose Online Course has finally launched! I couldn’t really believe it when I hit the “Publish” button because even though I did, no one knew it was live and no one could find it (well, unless they were a really good investigator). Lo and behold, a few of you guys discovered it when you went to download my Wild Roses workshop! Wow you guys are good!

So I guess, this launch turned out to be a “soft” launch given that some of you purchased the Distant Drums Rose Online Course this morning (Friday morning at 8:05 am EST to be exact), and I ended up announcing the launch on my Instagram account in the afternoon, and now, this evening, am writing a blog about it.

I absolutely love making this rose because I’ve subsequently made other types of roses by building upon the techniques in this rose. Later, I’ll show you the flowers that you could be making by building upon the skills acquired and techniques used in this flower.

If this is the first time you’ve heard about this course, then let me give you the details of what you could learn from my Distant Drums Rose Online Course. Here’s the blurb from the course page:

“The Distant Drum rose is my absolute favourite rose to make when I want a flower that’s both classic and has a unique colouring. Although the colour of the rose changes in different climates, it’s known for its peachy-bronze-mauve colour. It’s a favourite rose for many florists. I loved teaching it in my in-person workshops.

When I first embarked on making this flower in crepe paper, I approached it like any other flower I make. Little did I know that through the process of designing and constructing this rose, it would ultimately become one of my breakthrough flowers.

I don’t want you to re-invent the wheel. Let me teach you the skills and techniques I learned as I was creating this flower, so you don’t need to. In this course,

* Learn my basic formula or creating an ultra-realistic floribunda rose
* Receive my unique templates for this rose
* Learn my secret of making the petals in the centre swirls open naturally
* Learn how I create texture in a flower
* Learn how I assemble the flower so the petals look naturally placed
* Learn how I make a proper leaf stem for a rose

 

You will also learn some specific skills and techniques, like these:

– To make a fringed stamen

– To colour your stamen with a common seasoning

– To reduce bulk on the stems

– To manipulate petals so they look natural

– To tint the petals

Like I said, this is one of my breakthrough flowers. While designing and creating this flower, I discovered techniques that elevated my paper floral artistry. I’ve been able to transfer many of the skills I learned from designing this flower to other types of roses and flowers. I hope you’ll join me on this journey as this might be the breakthrough flower for you too!

This course is ideal for Intermediate students (or students with previous experience making paper flowers).”

But Jessie, what if I just started making paper flowers? Is this course for me?

My answer is this: Absolutely! It’s a great flower to learn from because I teach you both basic and more advanced skills and techniques. The amazing thing about an online course is that you can watch and re-watch the video demonstration over and over again until you get it. You literally see me make the flower step-by-step, watching me as I cut and assemble, from a 1st person perspective.

If you’re thinking, I really want to start from the very beginning, then take a look at the Wild Roses Online Course.

I’m thrilled by the initial reception, and I’m so very much looking forward to seeing all of your roses!! In fact, when you make it, make sure you post it on social media and tag it using the hashtag #bloomwithjessie.

Good night!

Jessie

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Distant Drums Rose Online Course

 

When I first started making paper flowers, The Paper Place gave me my first teaching opportunity. I taught my first workshop at their store in the summer of 2016. Since then, I’ve taught a few more classes there. I love doing workshops because it keeps me in touch with my followers and I get to meet them in person! I also meet wonderful people who I would never have met had it not been for the workshops.

I wish everyone could attend my workshops and I could meet everyone face-to-face! But the reality is that it’s just not possible.

So I asked myself – what if I made my workshops available online? Then more of YOU GUYS would be able to attend (albeit virtually) and I can teach more people. Besides, I’m already teaching the flower. I’m already preparing the step-by-step handouts and templates. I’m also already making a bunch of the workshop flowers…I might as well shoot myself on video doing it.

Easier said than done. I’ve had this idea in my mind for some time now. I needed a little push.

Then, another idea popped into my head. What about making the online course available to my workshop students so they could go home and watch and re-watch me teach them how to make the flower? I could coincide the online course going live with the actual in-person workshop!

So after months of anticipation, I’m going to launch my FIRST Distant Drums Rose online course. I’ll be teaching the flower at the Aurora Cultural Centre on Saturday, and I’m aiming to have this course live so that my students can have immediate access to it when they return home after the workshop.

If you don’t know what my Distant Drums roses look like, it’s those peachy-mauve flowers at the top of this post. They’re one of my most favourite flowers to make. It’s also one of my breakthrough flowers. When I was designing and constructing this flower, I learned new skills and techniques that I now use in my other roses and flowers. I want to pass those skills and techniques along to you through my online workshop.

I’m planning on launching the course [this Saturday April 28]— SCRATCH THAT —– This Friday April 27th!!

But I’ll give you a sneak preview of what you will be learning if you enrol in my Distant Drums Rose online course:

I’ll summarize what you’ll learn in the course here. You will:

  • Learn my basic formula or creating an ultra-realistic floribunda rose
  • Receive my unique templates for this rose
  • Learn my secret of making the petals in the centre swirls open naturally
  • Learn how I create texture in a flower
  • Learn how I assemble the flower so the petals look naturally placed
  • Learn how I make a proper leaf stem for a rose

You will also learn some specific skills and techniques, like these:

  • To make a fringed stamen
  • To colour your stamen with a common seasoning
  • To reduce bulk on the stems
  • To manipulate petals so they look natural
  • To tint the petals

This Distant Drums Rose online course is suited pretty much to anyone with any level of experience because the great thing is that you can learn at your own pace. You can watch and re-watch how I make the flower until you’ve mastered it. I love watching other paper florists do their thing. Not once have I left without learning something from them!

I’ll leave it at that for now.

~ Jessie

 

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