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Chrysanthemums are the flowers for Motherís Day, but if you canít get your hands on some fresh ones at the florist, why not make your own? Here are three different ways you can make beautiful chrysanthemums to brighten up Mumís day:

1. Tissue Paper


Materials
Tissue paper ó yellow or pink
Wire, twist tie, or stapler
Scissors

Method

Flower
Fold 2-3 sheets of tissue paper in half, to make stacks of 4-6
Cut into 4 rectangular stacks of approximately 22cm x 18cm
Fold each stack back and forth to form a fan ó it should be approximately 2.5cm in width
Fold fan in half along the length


At the centre of the fold, make 2 notches on either end of the crease. Take care to leave space in between, so you donít cut the fan in half
Wrap the wire or twist tie around the centre, where youíve made the notch. Alternatively, you can staple the centre together.
Trim either end of the fan to a pointed tip
Spread the folds and fluff until it takes shape



2. Cardboard

Image from Decora Recicla Imagina, blogspot.com.es

Materials
Cardboard (for flower) ó 180gsm, colour optional; you can buy coloured cardboard, or use watercolour paint to brush over plain white cardboard
Green cardboard (for leaves)
Masking tape
Cork
Wire
Florist tape
Stanley knife

Method

View full instructions (in Spanish) here.

Cut strips of 1cm x 12cm into the paper. They donít have to be even, since flower petals arenít all the same either.
Round the tips of each strip with scissors, and curl the base to give it shape. You can do this by wrapping the paper around a jar, or a pipe.
Roll up the sheet of paper.

Image from Decora Recicla Imagina, blogspot.com.es

Cut out 6 leaves from the green cardboard
Attach 5 of the leaves onto the base of the flower, and secure with masking tape.
Thread a length of wire through a small piece of cork, and twist to form the stem.
Insert the end of the wire into the centre of the flower, and pull through until the cork sits in the centre of the petals.

Image from Decora Recicla Imagina, blogspot.com.es

Wrap masking tape around the length of twisted wire to form the stem
Wrap a layer of florist tape over the masking tape. Attach the last leaf about halfway down the stem, securing it with the florist tape.

Image from Decora Recicla Imagina, blogspot.com.es


Satin Ribbons

This one is a little more time consuming, but it is absolutely gorgeous when complete. It uses ribbons of varying lengths and widths to form the petals, and layering them individually to form the flower. Check out the video tutorial below:



Do you have any other great gift ideas for Mum this year? Share them with us here, or on the forum!

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