I have been thinking of creating Paper bromelaids for a long time since I thought the Fire Flowers in my How to Make 100 Paper Flowers book closely resembled a bromelaid... In case you don't know what a bromeliad is, it's those plant you see at supermarkets for gifting,they trap water in their leaves.
A very hardy plant the epiphytic vriesea bromeliads are native to Central and South America. They are prized for their interesting and brightly colored flat (swordlike) flowers. They do well as indoor plants in shady conditions, and they can be kept outdoors as long as they are kept warm in shadier balcony gardens. Here is one version of my bromelaids,I am hoping to do more versions of them in the near future and a DIY to create them.If you are the type of person have a "black thumb" :-) these are for you..They won't wilt even if you dont water them.
They are a gentle tweak on the fire flowers from the book.Templates are also in the book.I would love to hear your comments so do leave your suggestions or comments below!
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Using the fire flower template in the book cut out the petals for the bromelaid trimming off some edges for the top petals to make it smaller.You would need around 15 for each flower.Fold down the middle.
Overlap 2 smallest petal on top adding glue to stay in place, insert skewer.
Form more petals adding petal downwards tilting petals to open out flower.At the bottom trim petal to slimmer versions,stick to cover stem.
Cut a long leaf pattern from the book using cardstock
Fold leaf in half
Curl leaf using blade of scissors running down the leaf halfway.
Glue a small stem wire to enable you to pot the leaves
Add Floral Foam to a pot and add moss.Insert flowers pushing skewer ends down.Add leaves and you have a wonderful plant you need not water!!!
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