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How to make petals and leaves

This tutorial shows you how to make flower petals and leaves.

The equipment and materials needed for this tutorial is show below:

shop Plier for nylon flowers
Specialised pliers that have a wire cutter in them, the cutter can be used to cut florist wires

shopPlastic cylinders for Mesh flowers

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shopFlorist wires (Gauge 20)

shopSpecially dyed nylon

Video tutorial
Below is a video tutorial showing you how to make flower petals and leaves.
How to make flower petals

These instructions complement the video tutorial.

Steps:

  1. Wrap the florist wire around the plastic cylinder (the size of the plastic cylinder will determine the size of the petal).
  2. Use the plier (for nylon making) to close the florist wire, this forms a circular wire frame. Using the cutter in the plier cut away the surplus wire that you do not need.
  3. Choose the colour of nylon fabric you want to use. Wrap the nylon fabric around the circular frame. The circular frame should be completely enclosed by the nylon fabric.
  4. Select the colour of the the nylon thread you want to use. Wrap the thread around the base of the wire frame, to hold the nylon fabric in place.
  5. Using scissors, cut away the surplus nylon fabric at the base of the frame.
How to make leaves

These instructions complement the video tutorial.

Steps:

  1. Wrap the florist wire (preferably use green florist wires) around the plastic cylinder (the size of the plastic cylinder will determine the size of the leaf).
  2. Use the plier (for nylon making) to close the florist wire, this forms a circular wire frame. Using the cutter in the plier cut away the surplus wire that you do not need.
  3. Using your hands, apply pressure to the top of the circular wire frame to make it into a type of oval shape.
  4. Use green nylon fabric. Wrap the nylon fabric around the oval frame. The oval frame should be completely enclosed by the nylon fabric.
  5. Use green nylon thread. Wrap the thread around the base of the wire frame, to hold the nylon fabric in place.
  6. Using scissors, cut away the surplus nylon fabric at the base of the frame.