Old Fashioned Christmas Crafts: Paper Flowers Ornaments From 1872

Paper Flowers may be easily made. They serve admirably to ornament a ball-room, to add to evergreens for Christmas decorations, &c.

Roses are simple in construction; a few sheets of pink, yellow, and crimson paper, a little green moss, iron wire, and green cotton being all the materials necessary.

Fold the paper into strips of an inch and a half to two inches wide. Then fold back each strip, and slightly scollop one edge; then with your scissors, which should have round ends, press out the edge so as to round and slightly crimp it.

Cut a piece of wire, and begin to wind the paper round the end. Wind strip after strip loosely, so as gradually to form a flower; then tie it round the stem. White roses, pink, and crimson, with blush roses, having a little pale pink in the centre, may be made so ; a calyx of moss should be added to some. Make buds half-blown, and full-blown flowers.

Hyacinths are also pretty and easily made. Cut the paper in inch-wide strips, and notch the edges. Curl the strips with the blunt edge of a knife or scissors, and roll round each strip, with the curled edge outward.

Roll each piece up to form a flower, and then secure the whole on a wire, placing them gradually down it, and winding a little green wool round the stem.

Add long thin green leaves of stouter paper. Dahlias require more careful cutting, and a paper pattern. The real flower should be carefully imitated.

Source: Take My Advice by Robert Kemp Philp
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