We have made tons of classic and traditional flower designs out of metallic paper in the past, like roses, ranunculus and orchids. This is all well and good, but sometimes you just need to break outside the box! Our maker Meagan decided to switch things up by designing a gorgeous and unique king protea flower (the largest species of proteas). Proteas, also called sugarbushes, grow all across the southern hemisphere, and they have a captivatingly wild look to them. To bring this paper protea to life, Meagan used foam for the base and art marker detailing for the petals. Read on for the full tutorial!
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- Text Weight Metallic Paper — Coral, Botanic (discontinued; use Shine Moss or Fairway)
- Tissue Paper – Green
- 4″ Foam Ball
- Two 20 Gauge Floral Wires
- Four 16 Gauge Floral Wires
- Floral Tape — Bark
- Art Markers — Peony, Baby Blossoms, Dim Green, Colorless Blender
- ModPodge Glue
- Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Cut the flower pieces according to the template at the bottom of the post. Use the PDF if you are cutting by hand or the SVG if you are using a cutting machine.
- Using the foam cutter, shape one half of the foam ball into a cone.
- Using Mod =Podge, glue the tissue paper squares to the foam ball until it is completely covered.
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Once you finish this beautiful paper protea, browse through all of our metallic paper flowers to find your next paper flower project. We love seeing your work, so please share your project photos with us if you are feeling proud!! Email them in, tag us on Instagram or use #MadeWithLia so we can admire your creations. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and visit our membership page to join our growing community of DIYers getting in touch with their creativity. We can’t wait to see what inspires you! ~ Lia & Team