How to Make Wafer Paper Flowers in a Dahlia or Daisy Style

Making a wafer paper dahlia or daisy, or any flower that has longer petals, is fairly easy. You can make the petals as realistic or as "fantasy" as you like...In this case I made them a little more rounded to match some other flowers that were going with the cake.

Start with some strips of wafer paper, cut about 1 1/2" wide.

Using fringe scissors or a regular pair, cut one side of the strip into a fringe.

Use a short skewer or a toothpick to build the flower on.

Cut the fringe part so that it's uneven and not the same length all the way across.

Use vodka or a little water and brush it onto the uncut edge of the wafer paper.

Wrap the strip around the skewer.

Press it firmly to stick the bottom of the strip together.

Dampen the top of the fringed side with a tiny bit of the vodka or water.

Press the fringes together to form a loose cone shaped center.

Insert the skewer into a piece of Styrofoam to let them dry.

Cut a strip of short petals or individual short petals that are about 1" long. I used a paper strip punch but you don't need to, just cut them freehand or use individual petals.

Here's the strip of wafer paper petals...Wet it at the bottom like you did for the fringed section.

Wrap it around the center on the skewer, pinching it to make sure it sticks to the center.

Here it is with the petal strip wrapped around the center. You could stop now and use this as a smaller flower, but you could add more petals if you want it to be larger.

Cut out some longer petals on a strip. Make them as round or pointed as you want, you can always cut the tips if you don't like the way that it looks once it's on the flower. Do the same thing with this strip as with the other ones, dampen the bottom and wrap it around the center on the skewer.

I decided to cut the petals to make them more curved after doing the first one, so the next strips that I did weren't as pointed.

This is the curve of the next layers that I cut out...Less pointed.

Now cut out some longer individual petals and stick them to the back of the flower. Overlap them so that the outer petals cover up any gaps in the wrapped sections.

Keep adding petals until the flower is as large as you want it to be.

Here's the finished flower, but it's a little stiff, so I steamed it by holding the flower over a pan of boiling water.

As the petals soften you'll be able to manipulate them into shape and curve them so that they look less stiff and more natural.

Experiment and shape them until you like the way that the flower looks.

Here's a before and after, the steamed flower is on the right.


And here are the finished flowers grouped together. You can make these in a solid color, or use different colors for the centers and outer petals to give them some variety.

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