Flower craft: Lily of the Valley

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Hi, this is Joelle Meijer.

Here is a big 3 dimensional lily of the valley.

To represent the little bell shaped flowersof the lily of the valley, you need an egg carton.

Start by separating the cells of an eggcarton with big scissors.

Then, even the edges of each cell with smallscissors.

To represent the edge of the little bells,take pinking shears and cut along the edge of each cell.

The pinkingshears will give a zigzag edge.

Paint each cell in white on the inside andoutside.

If necessary, add a second coat.

When you paint the cells with white paint, you're likely to have your fingers paintedwhite as well.

Let the bells dry completely and use thistime to wash your hands.

I chose to make a lily of the valley withnine bells.

That means that I will work with nine cellsof egg carton.

Feel free to add more bells if you want.

To form the pedicels, the small stems thatattach the flowers to the main stem, you need metal stem wires.

Depending on thesize of the stem wires, you can easily create three pedicels withone piece of wire.

So in my case, I will cut three stem wiresin three to form nine pedicels.

Using pliers, bend one end of the stem wireand turn it around the pliers to form a small circle perpendicular to thestem.

Proceed the same way for the other stems.

The small circle at the end of the stem will allow you to fasten the flower to thestem.

Take all the stems in one hand with all thecircles aligned on one side and bend the stem wires to give them the shapeof pedicels of a lily of the valley.

To attach the stem wires to the bells, takea pair of small sharp scissors and make a small hole in the bottom of theegg carton cell.

Next, slide a stem wire through the hole inthe bottom of the cell.

The circle of wire must end up at the bottomof the cell.

Glue the small metal circle on the bottomof the egg carton cell with hot glue.

Let cool until the stem doesn't move anymore.

Repeat the same steps for all the flowers.

To hide the small metal circles inside theflowers, add one or two coats of white paint.

Whenthe white paint is dry, you can add yellow dots with the back of abrush to represent the stamens.

To represent the main stem of the lily ofthe valley, I decided to use a thin dowel rod.

To paint the stem green, I propose a simpleand effective technique.

Take a sheet of paper towel, put some greenpaint on it, then rub the wooden dowel with the paper toweluntil the dowel is all green.

Let dry.

To better match the actual green colour ofthe lily of the valley, I decided to wrap the pedicels with greenmasking tape.

I cut the tape lengthwise to make it easierto handle especially in the curved part of the pedicels.

Tie the bells to the main stem using the samegreen tape.

Attach the first bell at the top of the mainstem, wrapping the green tape around both the wooden stem and the pedicelof the first bell.

Proceed in the same way all along the stemby introducing the bells one after the other to form the lily of thevalley.

Try as much as possible to place the bellsin alternate directions.

Lilies of the valley have long leaves.

To make two leaves, take a large sheet ofgreen construction paper and fold the paper in half lengthwise.

And then, fold it in two again to get fourlayers of paper.

On one side, draw half a leaf.

The straight edge should be on the side ofthe fold in the sheet of paper.

Cut along the line you have drawn with bigscissors.

When you are finished cutting, you shouldhave two complete leaves.

Place the two leaves on either side of themain stem of the lily of the valley.

You can wrap the base with tissue paper andribbon to make a nicer presentation.

To print the document with the step by stepinstructions, click on the link below the video!.

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