Here they are- Pretty Poinsettia flowers as seen on Good Morning today. My last spot on the show- it moves to Auckland next year with a whole new team. Sad for Wellington and Wellington based contributors and crew, but folks, that television!
Sarah says she can’t keep her poinsettias alive, so I’ve come up with some paper ones for her to make instead! Simple to make with my templates and a few basic materials- and look great on a present, the Christmas tree, side plates on the dinner table or even just blu-tacked to the mantelpiece.
You will need:
- Fifi’s Leaf and petal templates
- Red, white and yellow paper (if you want to make two different coloured ones- otherwise just red paper will do
- Green paper or card
- Large gold sequins (I found nice flower shaped ones from Spotlight
- Tinsel coloured chenille sticks (pipe cleaners)
- A green felt tipped pen or coloured pencil
- A sharp pencil
- Trace or print the templates onto the paper- the leaves on the green and the petals on the other colours. You will need two petal shapes and one leaf shape per flowers.
- Cut them out. Draw veins on the green leaves.
- Punch a small hole through the centre of each shape. I used a sharp pencil for this and put a piece of thick corrugated card underneath so that the pencil made a neat hole through the leaf and petal shapes but not through my table!
- Crease each petal on the flower shapes (but not the leaf)
- Cut the chenille stick into 4 (enough for 4 flowers). A pair of side cutters/pliers is good for this- don’t blunt your best craft scissors on the wire
- Thread a sequin on the end of one bit of chenille stick and bend the top over so it doesn’t slide off.
- Thread the 2 petal shapes and then the green leaf onto the chenille stick and push them up tight.
- And that’s it! You can bend the chenille stick around the tree branch to hold it on.
I'll be making these at Te Papa on the 20th and 21st December- details here.
They are free events, so come along, bring the kids, all materials are supplied!
Merry Christmas and all the very best for the coming year, Fifi