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In Paper Parties, Erin Hung shares over 50 ingenious craft ideas to make your party special. Here she shows you how to make fun and colourful flower party poppers.

Party poppers are typically found at New Year’s Eve parties, but dressing them as flowers certainly gives them a summery look. Oh-so-pretty in bright colours, these poppers double as party decorations and are great fun for guests to pop at festive moments. If you love confetti and flowers as much as I do, then you need to try these flower poppers now. I like to put a pile in the centre of the table as décor, and then get everyone to pop them later to celebrate.

MATERIALS (makes 4 poppers)

Party poppers (4 poppers)
Black and yellow paper (1 sheet each, A4 size)
Purple tissue paper (1 sheet, A4 size)
Green floral tape

TOOLS

Pen or pencil
Scissors
Fringing scissors (optional)
Double-sided tape

1 Using the circular end of a party popper as a template (the end opposite the string), trace and cut out circles of black paper.

2 Cut a strip of tissue paper 4cm (1½in) wide and long enough to wrap twice around the circumference of the party popper. Use fringing scissors or normal scissors to fringe the strip widthways, cutting about two-thirds of the way through. Wrap the strip around the popper so that the fringing protrudes beyond the end, and secure with double-sided tape.

3 Using the petal template (download below), cut out the flower petals from yellow paper.

4 Curl the petals individually by placing a pen or pencil across the top of each petal, as shown opposite. Using your thumb and index finger, hold the pencil and petal together and lightly roll towards the centre.

5 Wrap the petals around the fringing on the party popper, securing with double-sided tape.

6 Wrap floral tape around the rest of the party popper to cover it completely.

7 Use double-sided tape to stick the black circle of paper into the centre of the flower to cover the end of the popper.

 

Extracted from Paper Parties by Erin Hung, out now. Photographs by Charlotte Tolhurst and Lana Louw.

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Paper-folding fanatic Esther Thorpe runs her own origami business, Origami Est, and is the author of Paper Home where she shares 15 origami projects to make for the home. With some 13k followers on Instagram, many will already be familiar with Esther’s beautifully styled photographs of her paper creations. Here Esther talks about her new book and her love for origami.

It’d be impossible to put a date on it, exactly when my obsession with making things from paper began. Even when I was at preschool I remember endlessly making paper homes for my cuddly toys. My parents were brilliant at encouraging me to be creative, even though creativity wasn’t something that came naturally to them.

My mum would frequently take me to exhibitions both locally and further afield, and I distinctly remember being struck by the beautiful work of Bridget Riley on a visit to the Tate Gallery in London. This sparked my fascination with geometric pattern, and with Bridget Riley books, of which I have a library!

At school, art, design and maths were my favourite subjects, and when I went to university to study graphic design, I discovered that origami marries these three passions together beautifully. Throughout my degree and since, I have enjoyed stretching myself with more and more complex models and still find there is nothing more satisfying than transforming 2D square sheets into 3D models.

I live in a small seaside town in the south east of England, with my husband, daughter and two house rabbits, Hugo and Florence (my paper offcuts nibblers!). I enjoy being a mummy by day and a ninja folder by night. I find origami truly addictive and I hope my book Paper Home will inspire you too. There are projects of varying levels of difficulty: some are straightforward and quick to complete, while others are a little more time consuming, but well worth the effort.


If you are a novice, the Triangular Basket or the Star Garland is a good place to start. Mastering projects that use a similar origami technique is also a good way to develop your folding skills; for example, the Photo Holder, the Cube (Geometric Mobile) and the Vase are all based on the same origami module (the sonobe).

Feel free to dip in and out – the photo step-by-steps should make it easy to pick up where you left off. I also find a good cup of coffee and a little background noise helpful when getting my fold on! Whatever works for you, relax and enjoy your creative process.

by Esther Thorpe

9781910904329

Extracted from Esther Thorpe’s latest book Paper Home (Pavilion, £16.99), available now (photographs by Kirsty Noble)