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I love daffodils and narcissi. So I made some paper flowers a while ago that will last much longer (although they will get a bit dusty!) Here's how I made them:

For the daffodil you will need

Pale yellow crepe paper for petals
deeper yellow for the center trumpet
brown crepe paper to encase the bud
olive green crepe paper for stem and leaf
very pale green or white tissue (or crepe) paper for center
plastic covered garden/floral wire
Elmers type glue
stick glue
scissors to cut paper (not your mother's best sewing scissors!)
something to cut the garden wire
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Step 1: Let's make it!

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Stem and center

Cut a 12 inch length of garden wire and twist a one inch square of pale green or white tissue (or crepe paper) round one end.
Spread glue from center of the paper to a corner (a).
Lay the tip of the wire in it (b).
Fold the upper half diagonally over. (c)
Fold the right hand half over to the left hand side and glue (d),
Then twist and glue round wire (e).

Step 2: Fold and frill!

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Cut a piece of light yellow crepe with the grain as arrowed in the top diagram below. Fold in half and then "frill" the cut edges as lower diagram. Glue round center and keep the yellow frilled edge level with the tissue covered tip of the stem!

Step 3: Blow your own trumpet!

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Cut a piece of darker yellow (with the grain of paper as arrowed in 4).
Fold in half and trim the cut edges level and curve round to form a tube.
Overlap the side edges and join all four layers with glue. Frill the top.

Gather the folded edge tightly, and with your fingertips form a bell shape. Open the lower edge and put glue behind the gathers. Lower the stem through the trumpet so that the lower edges of the trumpet and yellow center are level. Re gather and press very tightly to stick. (Re-shape the trumpet, as you have probably squashed it!).

Hi, I loved you daffodils and modified your design to make them for my best friends wedding shower. I cut the dimensions in half and had them coming out of a triangle shaped favor box. They were a big hit! Thanks, jules
redrickshaw6 years ago
Needed a crepe paper daffodil quickly and was very pleased to make just one- for Easter Bonnet tomorrow. Quite easy, thankfully as just gone midnight, but very effective! Like the way the petals are stuck together. May even win tomorrow!
raven77 years ago
These are so nice and realistic. Thanks!
These are beautiful, and I appreciate the detailed instructions on making each petal and attaching it to the flower in progress. When I first read the supplies list, I thought, "Feh, I'll never make these," but after reading your detailed instructable, I feel confident that I could get tissue paper and, with some practice, make nice versions of my very favorite flowers. Stinkymum, how long did it take for you to learn to make flowers that look so real?
stinkymum (author)  SlothOnSpeed7 years ago
It took me a while and I discarded a lot before I got them "right". I must admit it is much easier to make the "cheap and cheerful" tissue flowers. The ones shown here were made a while ago, before I had heard of the instructables web site and they are a bit dusty now, but I don't want to throw them away! (but you will need crepe paper as well as tissue paper)
Cool, but I agree with Patrik as well. :P +1 vote. +1 rating.
stinkymum (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
when I made these I wasn't expecting them to be in an instructable so didn't take pictures of me making them. I tried to make the diagram as exact as I could, hope some of you out there will try to make anyway!
Patrik7 years ago
They look lovely! I'd like to see a few more photographs of the work in progress though...
they look realistic to