I am finally back with another crafty project! I meant to do this post awhile ago, but life got in the way. But better late than never, right? Anyway, about two and a half weeks ago, I took another of Lynn Dolan‘s crepe paper flower classes at Castle in the Air. This time it was for the Oriental and Icelandic poppies. I had learned how to make the Oriental poppy in a previous class by Lynn, so if you want to check out what we did, you can read the post here. But here are pictures of the Oriental poppies I made in the recent class:
A fellow classmate made this red one:
Isn’t it gorgeous?
For the Icelandic poppy, we first started out with some florist crepe in the pineapple shade.
(Sorry, but I couldn’t quite capture the shade of the color. It’s a like pale orangey/peachy/yellowy type color. Very descriptive, right)?
We cut six squares of crepe, about 5 inches square each, for the petals of our poppy.
Then we dunked the crepe paper in water to saturate them. This helps create the wrinkled look of the petals of the Icelandic poppy.
Because we were using florist crepe, the paper held up very nicely. Lynn mentioned that this will not work with all colors of florist crepe, as most colors will run when wet. The pineapple color was one of the few that does not run.
We set the pieces of wet crepe out on paper towels to dry.
To start the poppy, we used a small spun cotton ball for the center.
We speared the ball onto a piece of 18 gauge floral stem wire.
Then we glued and wrapped a square piece of kiwi florist crepe over the spun cotton ball.
Next, we cut out a strip of fringe for the stamens, using the same kiwi crepe.
Lynn taught me a new trick. Notice how the bottom, unfringed edge in the stamen strip has razor teeth-like pieces cut out of it? This is to thin out the bulk of the paper when the fringe gets wrapped around the center of the flower, making it easier to handle and glue.
We then wrapped the stamen fringe around the cotton ball center of the flower.
Next, we made the star-shaped “cap” that tops the center of the poppy. We cut out a small strip of the pineapple crepe that roughly measured half the diameter of the spun cotton ball center in width. We glued the short ends together into a cone and flattened the cone into a disk.
Then we trimmed the edge into points to create the star shape of the cap.
Then we glued the cap onto the top of the cotton center of the poppy.
Now it was time to do the petals. We took our now dried crepe paper petal pieces that we had dunked in water at the beginning of the class and cut the two top corners of each square to round them out. To take out some of the bulk at the bottom of the petals, we cut away some of the crepe. Lynn trimmed one for me like this:
Of course when I went to trim off the rest of my petals, I trimmed off too much, so I had to redo them. When I went to trim them the second time around, I ended up trimming them in the razor teeth manner that Lynn had shown me for the stamen fringe.
Now it was time to glue on the petals. We positioned the first three petals evenly around the stamen center. Then we staggered the last three petals around the first layer.
Sorry, but I forgot to take a photo with just the first three petals glued on.
Here’s how the petals looked from the side:
Then it was time to wrap the entire stem of the poppy.
To make the leaves, we cut out triangles of crepe paper and glued their edges together so that when opened, the striations in the paper would form the familiar chevron pattern of the veins of the leaf. Using the template Lynn provided, we cut out our leaf.
We then wrapped a piece of 24 gauge floral wire in thin strips of crepe and glued the wire onto the center of the leaf. You can read more of the details on how we did all this in this post.
Next, we wrapped the leaf onto the main stem of our poppy.
Finally, we scrunched the petals of our poppy to give them that signature wrinkled petal look of the Icelandic poppy. You really have to “manhandle” the petals to get them to look wrinkled, as the florist crepe is still pretty stiff even after the dunk in water.
My finished poppy:
A side view:
We also made a poppy bud.
The center of the bud was a spun cotton oval that we speared onto 18 gauge stem wire.
We shaped it by gently pressing the center to slightly flatten it.
Then we cut two petal shapes out of fine crepe paper, each one a bit longer than the cotton oval.
We glued the petals to the cotton oval, covering the entire cotton with glue first. We placed the petals on opposite sides, covering the flatter sides of the oval.
My petals were a little too narrow in size, as a tiny bit of the cotton peaked out along the edges.
Then we cut out two more petals, this time out of green florist crepe. We slightly cupped the petals.
We generously covered the cupped side of each petal with glue.
We then adhered the green petals to the poppy bud so that they overlapped the first two petals.
We wrapped the stem of the bud, made the leaf, and attached it to the bud stem, like we did for the flower above. Finally, we gave our bud a slight bend in the stem.
My finished bud:
It was another great class with Lynn. Thanks again, Lynn!
What crafty fun have you been up to? Please share in the comments.