How To Make A Hydrangea Bunch

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Materials

  • 2 white A4 sheets of paper for the petals and the base for the bunch (I used 80gsm/copy paper
  • 1 A4 green sheet of paper for the leaves (I used 80gsm/copy paper
  • A pencil
  • Glue
  • Colouring pencils (in the colours of your choice). I used yellow,blue and a touch of purple.
  • A table knife or bone folder for curling the petals
  • 5 1/4″(about 13cm) round object for tracing the base of the bunch

Cutting, folding, colouring and curling

Cutting and folding:

  • Fold one of the white A4 sheet of paper in half along the length and cut (if you have a paper trimmer you can just go ahead and cut it in half)
  • Fold again in half as before and cut. You should have 4 long strips
  • You can now cut small squares 2 1/8″x 2 1/8″(about 5.25cm x 5.25cm) and then fold them diagonally.Or fold one corner of the strip inwards forming  a triangle and then cut (this is my shortcut)
  • I made 20
  • Fold the triangles you just made into smaller triangles
  • Pinch or score a line on the tip opposite the longest side of the triangle (about 1 cm (1/2 an inch)
  • Sketch a curved line from each end of the scored line towards the opposite longest side
  • Cut along the sketched lines (if you have a good eye you can cut without sketching the curved lines)

Colouring:

  • I started with the yellow for the centre, then i coloured at least until halfway the petals with blue and finished with purple at the tips.
  • I have been told that pastels can also do a great job (pan pastels in particular) but i haven’t had the chance to try them out yet.

Curling:

  • Using the table knife or bone folder curl the petals outwards

Making the base for the bunch:

  • Using the 5 1/4″ circular object trace a circle on the remaining white sheet and cut it out. Sketch a small sector and cut it out and glue the opposite sides to make a cone.

The leaves:

  • Fold the A4 green paper in half both length wise and width wise and cut. You should have 4 A6 pieces of paper (1/4 of A4).
  • You will need two of the papers you have cut
  • Fold the rectangles in half length wise
  • Place the folded rectangle with the open end on the right
  • On the bottom short side make a mark in the centre
  • Make a mark on the long right side (the open end)
  • make another mark on the top left corner
  • draw a line connecting all the dots and cut along the line.
  • Do the same for the second one.
  • Using the table knife make five diagonal scored line from the centre line to the edge. make corresponding marks on the other half of the leaf.
  • crease the scored lines inwards

 

Assembly

Glue the hydrangeas from the top going down covering the cone. Watch the video to see how you can go about making the bunch.

 

Tip

  • You can omit the cone and attach the flowers to floral wire and make the bunch

 

Happy crafting!!

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