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
Pen or pencil
Fringing scissors (optional)
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.