- Coloured paper - regular A4 sheets are great, preferably coloured on both sides
- Straws - green if you can find them
- PVA glue
Step 1: Cut Paper
Take one set of paper and cut from the bottom corner to the middle of the other side. It's important that you leave one long edge intact as you'll need this area to apply your glue to. The large piece is the one you'll be using.
Step 2: Fringing
The finer the strips, the finer the "petals". Chunkier means fewer petals but also a more sparse looking flower. Somewhere in between is good.
Step 3: Glue and Roll
Apply glue to the uncut edge of the bottom piece of paper and stick the other piece of paper on top. Then apply glue to the top piece of paper too, again along the uncut edge.
Place the straw at the beginning of the smallest end of glued area and begin to roll up the paper. You will have to squeeze the paper onto the straw as you go and adjust your positioning as the rolled paper will try to take a wonky path. Aim to keep the bottom edge straight-ish.
When you get to the end, give it a good squish between your fingers (apply pressure for 10 seconds) to make sure the end of the paper holds.
Step 4: Unfurl
Once you're confident that your flower is held together, begin to open out the petals, always holding onto the glued base area. One at a time, working from the outside in, start to gently peel open the petals. You'll notice that because of the offset paper, the petals should unfurl somewhat randomly.
Step 5: The Bouquet
Display as a bunch in a vase of their own, or combine them with other fake flowers to give an everlasting bouquet.
A lovely way to cheer up a room when fresh cut flowers are not available.
Experiment with different scissors to create unique edges, different thicknesses of paper and fringing widths, adding more layers for a fuller blossom and of course colour combinations.