Making Cinco de Mayo flowers
Okay, so this is a repost from last year. But last year I did not have my wits about me because I just realized that these flowers are perfect for Cinco de Mayo decor! As you know, I'm all about Cinco de Mayo this year.
Supplies: Food coloring or some sort of dye, cheap-o coffee filters, cupcake wrappers, wire or straws (something to make a stem), and tape. I used Wilton's Teal & Peach food colors. And a dab of orange.
Soak your filters and cupcake liners in food coloring and water. Even if you don't want to dye them, I suggest soaking them. That makes them pliable and easier to work with.
I learned this first technique from Aunt Peaches (a hilariously off-beat craft blog). So I suggest you take a look at Aunt Peaches coffee filter flowers. You basically cut your filter into a spiral and then pleat it along a piece of tape, then roll the tape up on a stem. I did much looser pleats than she did - more like loops - and this is the result (flower shown above). I LOVE it. Especially how the colors came out.
This technique is easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy. Step 1. Fold two cupcake wrappers almost in half, but not quite. 2. The longer side should be placed on the piece of tape, with the short side in front. 3. Place the wrappers side by side on the tape. 4. Begin rolling the wrappers up on your stem. Don't roll it too tight. 5. Pinch the tape at the bottom, where it meets the stem.
And the last technique for today. Believe me, I have more flowers to come...I just need to photograph the steps for you.
Step 1: Cut a wavy edge on your wrappers. 2. Punch a little hole in the middle of one wrapper. 3. Pinch the middle of the other wrapper, gathering it together. 4. Place the pinched end through the hole in your first wrapper and pull through a bit. 5. Tape it all up on a stem. It should be a loose, big flower. DONE!
Voila! Here's a little bouquet. If you want to see how I made the filler 'flowers', check out my DIY Cupcake Toppers.