Monday, 21 May 2018

Print-It Pleat-It Zinnia

More dimensional - offset graduated layers!

I'm thinking flowers (it's the Chelsea Flower Show) - but mine are papercrafted - and pleated. This pretty zinnia is pleated from a strip of paper. The printed design indicates how to fold it. 

The flower head and leaves are attached to a cake pop stick. You can embellish a cake or cupcake with a flower - or you can camouflage a lollipop (sweet for goody bags).

Here are your free print-and-cut templates:

I print my flowers on 160gsm photocopier card, but you can also use lighter weight printer paper. When you crease the folds, the flower head folds into shape. Swirl the flower into a circle, tucking the tabs over on the front. Secure the flower on the back with a snippet of adhesive mailing label (that is also how to attach the flower head to the cake pop stick). The leaves slide in place through the self-loop.

For a more 3-D effect, cut graduated layers and offset them.

Enjoy printing and pleating your flowers!

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