With Easter and Spring right around the corner, I know we will be entertaining more. Just like a well-wrapped gift, I am a sucker for a pretty dining table. These flower place cards couldn't be more perfect for your spring table setting. I have used the flowers here as place cards, but it would be totally be precious if you stuck two or three of them in a bud vase on your table.
I am currently working on an AWESOME project with the fabulous Katie Nesbitt, and these little cuties might just be making an appearance there. I CAN'T WAIT! You'll have to wait a few weeks for the final product, but I think you're gonna love it!
For these flower place cards, you will need:
- two colors of tissue paper (one for your flower, one for a few little leaves)
- a scissor
- hot glue gun
- hot glue
- 4-5" of fine-to-medium gauge crafting or floral wire
- tweezers for bending wire
- floral tape
- piece of card stock in a coordinating color
- pen or fine-tipped marker
Using the tissue you've chosen for your flower, cut eight 2"x2" squares. Using your leaf color, cut four leaves with long-ish "stems" (this will be helpful because the leaves will be wrapped in floral tape and the "stems" will anchor them.) Fold your 2"x2" squares in half and then into quarters. Cut your folded tissue squares into half-circle-y petal shapes. When you unfold them, they should resemble four leaf clovers.
Using your tweezers, bend a small knot on one end of your wire. This will work as an anchor and help your flowers not slide off of the end of your wire. One by one, thread your flowers onto your wire at different angles. Place a medium dot of hot glue in the center of your top flower, where your wire is knotted. Squeeze all of the layers of your flower together from the base, scrunching them up a bit, and hold for 10 seconds or so until dry.
Once your flower is formed, start wrapping floral tape from the bottom of the wire towards the top. When you have almost reached the top of the wire (where it meets the bottom of your flower,) arrange the tissue paper leaves around the wire stem. Using more floral tape, wrap the bottoms of your leaves with tape to secure. Gently fluff your flower petals and then the leaves so you have a nice, fluffy tissue paper flower!
If you intend to use these flowers as place cards, now would be the time to cut out some shape from your card stock. I cut out a ribbon shape, but I think a leaf shape using green card stock would be adorbz. I attached my name tag with a little dab of hot glue on the back of the tape-wrapped wire stem. If you'd rather put these cuties into bud vases, forgo the name tag all together.
Flower tutorial adapted from this page.