Grow your paper lavender field!

My husband and I travel a lot. Really a lot. And I am so excited when we stop in one place for more than a month! This is such a great time! Such a feast, such a celebration! I am meeting friends, buying new books and new wool for my crochet projects, planning home renovations and new decorations. Checking the net about more ideas how to organize my craft space… Feel so relaxed!

grow paper lavender field

The problem for all travellers

One of my favourite things every morning is to water the plants! Because, as you can imagine, my neighbours and friends are not my slaves and I can’t tie them to my flower pots and some flowers are dying during the periods when we are not at home. Actually, every time I am coming home and I see at least one sad victim. This was one of the main reasons I started to make paper flowers.

On one hand they are paper – my favourite craft material! And on the other hand, they don’t need water! No! They hate water! No watering, no bothering the neighbours or friends. Ok, the truth is that the olive trees and the mandarins need watering because they are real and I am not planning to make a paper olive tree… Oh, great idea!… But the real ones are so beautiful and have big pots so can survive a few days with no water even in the hot summer.

The second problem

The second problem is maybe only mine but it is very strange. I can’t grow lavender! Every spring I am buying a new pot with a fresh healthy plant, giving it all the best care – great spot, special soil, a lot of love and attention…. And in the end of the winter my lavender is dead. I don’t know why! My friends have great lavender bushes. We are buying the plants from the same place. I am following all their advice and they say that my lavender has a great sunny place to grow – but they don’t ☹.

So, after maybe more than 10 years of trying and trying, one day I just decided to make my own lavender from paper!

Now I will share with you my very easy way to make your own lavender.

Step by step

You need crepe paper (the main colours are white and green), paper wire, not very liquid glue (my favourite is PVA white glue), acrylic paint, brushes and scissors.

Cut from the crepe paper two pieces – one about 9 x 4 cm (I’ll call this the “fat” one) and another 9 x 2 cm (the “thin” one). The sizes are not strict. You can make the pieces longer or shorter. It is only good to keep the proportions between the two pieces.

Attention! Attention! You can use any colour paper for the thin piece. It is not necessary to be white. Actually, it would be great with blue or green or dark purple.

grow paper lavender field

Stretch the thin piece and twist it to make a “string”. See how the unstretched piece looks next to the stretched one.

grow paper lavender field

Stretch the “fat” piece too and fold it as shown.

grow paper lavender field

The “string” piece must be with the same length as the “fat” one. But don’t worry if it is not. You are the Creator and have the scissors, don’t you?

grow paper lavender field

Cover the middle of the “fat” piece with glue. It is very important to ensure there is glue in the middle too, because the string must be stuck there.

grow paper lavender field

Maybe here is the right moment to remind you that you can use any colour paper for the “string”. As I said before, it is not necessary to be white. After gluing the string in the middle it will be veeeery difficult to change the colour.

grow paper lavender field

Fold the paper piece and glue gently. Leave the pieces to dry.

When they are fully dry – after maybe 2-3 hours, your elements will look like these. As you see in the picture, it is not a problem if the “strings” are longer than the main shape, you can just cut them before further colouring.

grow paper lavender field

Colour with acrylic paint. This is my very warm advice, at some time in the future, in the case of a water spill, your tablecloths or clothes are not at risk of unintentional colouring.

grow paper lavender field

Use light purple (your favourite lavender colour) on the top area, where the string is, and green down to the edge of the paper. (The white part can be trimmed off later if necessary.)

grow paper lavender field

After the paint dries (to shorten this process I use my microwave for 1-2 minutes at a 650 Watt power setting) cut gently small fringes in the top part, where the string is. I suggest wrapping a soft plaster dressing around your fingers where the scissors press into your skin, otherwise the pressure can cause pain.

grow paper lavender field

Completing the lavender stalk

Now is the time to make your lavender looks alive!

Put some glue on the top of the piece of paper wire – 10-11 cm long and start wrapping and gluing it in spiral shape.

grow paper lavender field

Next is to wrap the stem with green crepe paper by gluing and stretching it – again in a spiral shape.

grow paper lavender field

When the main part is ready, you can leave it like this, but you can make your lavender more realistic.

Cut from the green crepe paper another piece 9 x 4 cm. Rather than use green crepe paper a better way is to colour the piece yourself with acrylic paint. Even high-quality crepe paper can sometimes stain your tablecloth or fade in sunlight. With acrylic paint colouring this is almost impossible and you can get exactly the colour you want.

Make fringes in the piece again…

grow paper lavender field

and stretch it gently. Twist the fringes between your fingers.

grow paper lavender field

Wrap it  around the stem like you did with the green piece before. Stretch gently and glue, stretch gently and glue…

grow paper lavender field

And your lavender stalk is ready!

grow paper lavender field

 

4 Comments Grow your paper lavender field!

  1. Nada April 10, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Brilliant idea, thank you Vihra!

    Reply
    1. Vihra April 10, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you very much for your wonderful support! ♥

      Reply
  2. zubi noor September 30, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Vihra Rowe, It’s just an awesome artwork.
    You are the master of paper crafting. I just lost while viewing this artwork as you make it really easy to make.
    Well, It needs real appreciation.
    I have written an article about “papercraft ideas-Ever most delicate art in the world ” and along with some information about types of paper and tools used in paper crafting I have included the best papercraft ideas and your awesome papercraft art is also included.
    Please view if possible from your busy schedule.
    I hope you really like it.
    Cheers

    Reply
    1. Vihra September 30, 2019 at 8:18 am

      Thank you very much! I saw your article and all the great examples of paper art there. I am really excited you included my paper lavender! ♥ Thank you also for showing me your blog – it is wonderful and I will follow it with big pleasure!
      I will also share the article in my FB page – don’t have a lot of followers, but it will be very helpful for everyone who needs ideas about paper art.

      Reply

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