Happy Valentines Day to all. I decided this year I would give up my little secret on how to make a nice little tin foil flower. I began making these
with the foil from the inside of a cigarette pack as they are the perfect size but for this I will do it in tin foil. They actually look better
smaller but if you don't have the fingers to do small work I suggest you do it a little bigger. The one I am making below is about 3 inches(7.62cm)
which is a little bigger than the one that comes out in a cigarette foil.
On a side note I would truly like to apologize for the pictures. My camera truly sux bad but you will get the jist of it with my description. Sorry
I am working with a piece of foil about 6in(15.24cm) square. In my opinion they
come out better with a rectangular piece when making a smaller one but you can play around with it and see what you like. They only take about 5 min.
to make once you know how so you can make bouquets if you want.
Take your foil and fold it in half to create a crease. Tear the foil along that
crease so you have two halves and place one half off to the side.
Fold the half you are working on to center, shinny side down.
Fold the other side to the center so your edges touch.
Fold the whole thing in half length wise. Repeat this step 3 more times. This will
become difficult as it become thinner. If you have finger nails or a card it can help.
Fold it in half one more time but this time width wise. you should now have a
piece that looks like a pair of tweezers. Set it aside and collect the other piece.
Fold the new piece in half length wise and tear along along the crease. then
repeat for the 2 new squares so you now have 4 rectangles.
Fold it to center on both sides just like you did to start the long skinny piece,
but do not fold it in half quite yet.
Fold the corners in like you would in making a paper airplane.
Fold it in half to form a trapezoid. Then repeat for the other 3 pieces.
Take 3 of the trapezoids and place them side by side in the same direction. Slide
them up into the V you made before. Make sure they are all the way up and twist the V to hold them snugly in place to about half way down.
Place the last piece into the V and twist it the rest of the way down making sure
the pieces are held nice and snug.
To Finnish simply open all the pieces and flatten them as you wish. In this example I also bent the tips up on the flower but not the leaves and I
tilted the flower a little down but you can play with it and put it how you like the way it looks.
If you think the petals look odd due to being a touch too long you can simply take it back apart and tear them to length. You can also make more
petals and over lap them in layers to make carnations(not pictured)
I hope you enjoy making these. I make a bunch every year and just hand them out to people on the street just to bring a smile to someones face. Have
fun, safe and Happy Valentines Day.
Edit to add: Feel free to post your creations and if you have a better camera and would like to post clearer pictures of the process feel free. I may
make a rose and post it in the thread.(not with instructions as they are very much more complicated)
edit on 14-2-2013 by Agarta because: (no