Decorate: Galantine’s Day

What is Galentine’s Day? Only the best day of the year as the honorable Ms. Knope puts it, “ladies celebrating ladies”.

Galentine’s Day is definitely up there on my list of favorite holidays. I love anything that supports inspiring and creative women. Perhaps not as well known across the pond (but it should be!), so this year I’ve decided to share one of my favorite activities for Galentine’s Day: DIY fool-proof paper flowers. So simple and cost-effective yet they add so much loveliness to a desk, Valentine’s Day tablescape or an unsuspecting recipient.

I love opening a bottle of red, cutting into a fresh block of brie, and inviting over a few of my most inspiring and entertaining lady friends to do a fun and stress-relieving activity!

I cannot state enough how simple these are. I just ran over to the craft store and picked up:

  • Crepe paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Roll of PVC insulation tape (green) – better if you can get green flower tape, but any green tape will do!
  • Scissors
  • Optional: watercolor kit with paint brush to add additional color and texture to the petals

Overall it set me back around £10 but I had the watercolors and brush existing. Even better if your group of gals can each bring one piece!

Start by folding the tissue or crepe paper sheet into thirds (hot dog/vertical), then folding up into small squares to create layers.

Next, take your scissors and cut out a wavy circle (I promise, you cannot fuck this up so don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect!).

I’ve found that each flower looks best with 8-9 sheets of paper each, so I divide the pile I’ve just cut out and pick up a stack to start assembling a flower. Once I have a stack ready, I puncture two small holes in the center of the circle to feed my pipe cleaner through. After that I twist the end of the pipe cleaner onto itself to ensure the tissue paper is secure.

Now we bunch! Again, you cannot fuck this up, I assure you. You could crumble it into a fist and it would still work! I start in the center and hide where my pipe cleaner has been fed through, then work every layer or two, scrunching and bunching throughout.

Now take your green tape and start at the base of your bloom at the top, winding downward at a diagonal until all of the pipe cleaner is covered. This not only makes the flowers look so much better, but provides them additional support.

For some of my flowers, I stopped here. But I wanted a little extra “oomph” to a few, so I pulled out my watercolor kit and added some red and pink watercolor paint to the edges and insides to create depth within the petals.

Multitasking…

So there we have it! Super simple and so much fun. We are constantly running around each and every day; it’s important to breath and take time to enjoy simple and enjoyable activities that re-center ourselves and allow us to have quality time with those we love the most. If you’re unsure what to do with your flowers once you’ve left your gal pals I’ll be showing you how I incorporate mine in my upcoming tablescape for Valentine’s Day soon, but I also love the idea of dropping these off at a rehabilitation center or retirement home. Play it forward for the good karma, and spread the love… it’s a win-win.

Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating your favorite ladies, and who doesn’t want to feel good while doing that? I love being cozy, and this sweater is insanely soft and a good reminder for me to wear my heart on my sleeve!

Xx Em