I recently came across this awesome Anthropologie installation mimicking a wysteria vine made by Ruthi Audu on a wedding blog (Once Wed). It is SO pretty and the placement of it in a home-type setting started me thinking about where I could put one of them here in the house. I followed the link to her blog, but there were no instructions, so I really examined the pictures closely and I think that, for the most part, I’ve figured out how Ruthi made hers. Since I planned to publically post this project, I didn’t want to exactly copy her method. I played around a little with some tissue paper and came up with a couple of different ways to get the draping flower effect of a wysteria vine. I think her method looks better than mine does and so I might mix ”flowers” of my style and her style together to construct the installation in my craft room. I will have a ton of empty wall space and I think that putting it in a place similar to how it is in her photo below will look awesome. I will have a seating nook by the window in the front, so I think this would be something really special to drape over the ceiling and down the wall. I used white tissue because that is what I had on hand, but you can use any color you’d like.
I just think this is a fabulous idea and it’s really cheap to make! Above you can see Ruthi’s wysteria and real wysteria. I hope you like the tutorial below for my version. I also just wanted to note that her blog says that if you want one of your own, you can hire her to come and make you one.
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- You’ll need scissors, a needle with large eye, beads, green yarn cut into lengths and tissue paper. I think the whole cost of the project is less than a penny per “flower”. My Yarn is salvaged from an old sweater and the beads are left over from a project that I did in college. My tissue paper was free; a former friend gave me a huge stack of it that she bought for a couple cents at an auction of flower shop stock. I just cut around the ivy leaves.
- The lengths of yarn depends on how many of these you are going to make and how long you want them to be. I cut mine to various lengths no longer than a foot. I would cut them 3 inches longer than you want the actual “flower” to be, so that you can tie it off and such. Cut one long rectangle about 2 inches long and 3/4 of an inch wide out of the tissue and set aside. Then cut your petal pieces. I freehand cut flat-top tear drop shapes in 5 basic size ranges. The number of petals depends on how big you want the end product to be. When you are finished with the cutting you will move on to forming the petals.
- The Gallery depicts a visual progression of how the petals are formed. You can enlarge the images by clicking on them. 1. Fold the petal in half and crease. 2. Twist the small end of petal like the end of a candy wrapper. 3. Open the petal like a leaf. 4. Fold the twist into the inside curve of the petal. Repeat this with all cut petal pieces.
- In the Gallery is also a visual tutorial to make the bottom bud of the “flower”. 1. Take your one rectangular piece and place a single bead in the center. 2. tri-fold the paper lengthwise around the bead. 3. Fold the paper in half width-wise with the bead at the center. 4. Bring the two ends together and twist like a candy wrapper. 5. Tie the very end of your yarn to the twisted part of the paper piece and trim as needed. I use a double not just to be sure it is secure.
- Now you can start threading your petals! Stack the petals in a random fashion onto the needle by piercing through the twist and the curve of the petal. This helps the paper maintain its shape. Start with the smallest set of pieces and work your way up to the larger to achieve the tapering effect. You can turn the petals this way or that when you are finished to make sure the yarn, etc is covered. Folding, pinching and shaping of your pieces can be done at this point too. When the “flower” is complete, loop your leftover yarn and tie it to create a way to hang it. In my sample I twisted it around a birch branch that I just picked up out of the back yard. You can do this or hang them on anything you’d like really. The more you make and the more loosely they can hang the better they will look.
I think in tight groupings these would really look good! Including the cutting, I would estimate that these took me 10-15 minutes each. It would go really fast if you had two people cutting, two people twisting and one person threading.