Handmade Paper Flower Vine
1. Floral tape
2. Floral wire any gauge 18 and above
3. Wire cutters
4. Paper flowers on wire stems
5. Paper leaves on wire stems
You will need to cut three pieces of floral wire.
1st piece 10 inches
2nd piece 8 inches
3rd piece 6 inches
Decide where you want the vine to intersect. Once you decide, you will need to wrap the second and the third piece around the long 10 inch main vine piece.
This next step can be done two ways:
You can wrap the entire vine with floral tape.
You can start adding the flowers to the bare wire. I prefer unwrapped, because I find the bare wire easier to work with.
Start wrapping the wire stemmed flowers and leaves to the main vine. Before you start wrapping, decide where you want the flowers and leaves placed on the vine. It is better to decide this now, once you get them wrapped on the main vine, it is hard to remove the items. Continue wrapping all the flower and leaves on the main vine. Once all the flowers and leaves are wrapped to the main vine gently start bending and arranging the leaves and flowers to you liking on the vine.
In this step you will begin creating the swirled vines.
Cut six pieces of floral wire at 6-8 inches long. Now wrap floral tape around each piece making sure to cover the entire piece, including the ends. Hint: if you pull and stretch the floral tape as you wrap it makes the floral tape stick to the project better.
Take all six pieces of wrapped wire and begin wrapping them around the skewer or diffuser reed. Hint: the skewer or diffuser reed is smaller in diameter creating a more delicate looking vine swirl.
Now attach the swirls to the main vine using floral tape to connect them to the vine.
Now the wrap the entire vine with floral tape, remember to pull and stretch the tape as you wrap around the wire. Now you can gently rearrange the vine to your liking.