Introduction: DIY: "Hypoallergenic" Flowers
Do you know anyone that has hay fever? Perhaps allergic to pollen? This flower really solves all your problems, cause it won't send them sneezing!
It's super simple, you can customize it and bring a bright bouquet with you for all those special occasions.
WARNING: If they're allergic to tissue paper and pipe cleaners or the dye in either, then it really isn't hypoallergenic.. but it does help out the bunch that are allergic to scents and pollen :)
Step 1: Assemble
What are flowers without colours?
What you'll need to start making these flowers are:
- tissue paper of any colour
- pipe cleaners
- and ribbon, twine, or floral tape (optional)
Step 2: Snip
Take your tissue paper and pick out the colours that you want. After that, cut them into long rectangles, keeping in mind that the longer the rectangle the longer the petals.
Now is the time to note that the more layers you have, the bigger your flower and the fluffier it'll look.
All my flowers in the picture consists of three layers.
Step 3: Arrangment
Now, put the tissue paper in order of colour preference. The colour you want at the top of the flower will always have to be on the top layer.
Once that's done, start folding it like an accordion. The bigger the accordion folds, the bigger your petals will be and the fluffier it'll look!
Step 4: Petals
Taking your pair of scissors you can create the shape of your petal on both sides right away OR to ensure that none of your petals are flat on the top, cut off the excess before creating the shape of your petal.
With your pipe cleaner, create a "hook" and hook it in the middle of your accordion. MAKE SURE that the hook extends beyond the bottom of the accordion as you'll need to wrap the excess pipe cleaner around the "stem".
The different ways you cut the petals will determine the overall flower shape.
For example, rounded petals tend to look more like peonies and sharp V cuts look more like daisies!
Step 5: Fluff
Start with the top layer and gently start to pull it out. It doesn't matter how scrunched up they look right away, so long as they've started to fluff. Eventually, you can run your fingers through it and straighten it out to exactly how you like it.
Step 6: Wrap
Once you've made enough flowers you can start to slightly twist the stems together. I like to go with groups of three just because three makes a rounder shape, but you can go with any number you like.
You make twist the stems together all at once, but that will limit the placement of your flowers. I recommend that you pick a small grouping and then slowly assemble it from there.
After twisting the flowers into place, use your embroidery floss, floral tape, ribbon and the like to wrap the base of the bouquet you now have assembled in your hand. This is totally optional, but it does give it more of a flare. Then either cut off the excess pip cleaner, or leave them alone.
Step 7: Done!
And voila! Here are your flower bouquets!
To glam up the flower even more, add beads onto the pipe cleaner before making the hook and the center of your flower will have a beaded center!
How will you use these flowers? :)