In honour of Remembrance Day, craft paper poppies from cupcake cases and display them proudly in your home...
What you need...
- Cupcake liners: 4.5cm diameter, dark brown; 6.5cm diameter, dark pink
- Buttons, dark brown (optional)
- Glue, PVA
- Craft knife and cutting mat
- Thin wire and pliers
Paper Poppies - To make one bloom, take two mini liners and make an equal number of slits through the ruffled edge, stopping at the flat centre. On the first liner, roll every spoke tightly around a toothpick towards the centre. Repeat on alternate spokes only of the second liner. Glue the first liner into the centre of the second one to make the middle of the poppy.
Using the front template, cut six equidistant slits around two of the pink liners, from the edge to the flat centre. Flatten each liner out and cut off the edges of the six segments to form rounded petals. On a third pink liner, use the template to make six cuts as before, but trim each segment down by approximately one third before trimming them into smaller petals.
Glue the smaller petals into one of the bigger pink liners - you do need a colour variation here so turn the smaller petals inside out if you can. Glue this duo onto the second large pink liner, then glue the middle in and let dry. Using the back template, divide a mini liner into seven segments to make the flower back. Cut off one segment, then extend the slit at one side to the middle of the liner. Overlap the edges at the centre and glue in so the segments are all adjoining and the base of the flower back forms a cone. Trim the segments into triangles and use a pin to make a hole in the centre of the cone.
Cut a piece of wire to the length of stem you want and make a small loop in one end, turning the loop to a right angle with the stem. Glue the loop to the back of the poppy. Let dry. Put a small dab of glue on the inside of each triangle of the flower back and slide the shape down the wire to sit against the back of the flower. To finish off the centre of the flower on the front you can add a dark button with a dab of glue if you like, but this is optional.
This project has been extracted from Paper Flowers by Denise Brown (CICO Books, £12.99). Photos © Jo Henderson. Visit http://www.cicobook.co.uk for more info.