These artificial flower stems are easy to make and look great with your handmade paper flowers.
Of course you could use pipe cleaners, green garden wire or buy green
covered florist wire all of these options are fairly cheap and will
save you time if you are making lots of flowers.
If you use standard width 2.5cm (1") double-sided sticky tape you can get 4 strips out of one length of tape.
The thinner the strips the neater the stems will look.
If you use thicker strips it may cover the stems faster but it can get creased and folded so it doesn't look so neat.
Lay one sheet of tissue paper on to a flat surface.
Stick the double-sided sticky tape along one edge.
Don't remove the backing from the tape yet.
Cut the tape and tissue paper into thin strips approx 1/2cm or 1/4" wide and as long as the paper allows.
Keep the backing paper in place for now.
Cut your wire to the required length for you flower stem.
Peel away a little of the backing paper an place the wire on to sticky side of the tissue paper strip.
Leave approx 1/2cm (1/4") of sticky tissue paper above the wire.
Fold the sticky paper over the end of the wire.
Start to wrap the paper around the wire, removing the backing as you go.
Take care that the wire is completely covered.
Continue along the length of the wire.
If you run out of paper just use another strip as the joins won't be seen.
Continue until all the wire is covered.
Finish by wrapping the sticky paper over the end of the wire.
Cut the paper and make sure the end is firmly stuck down.
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