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Hello Friends!

Welcome to my blog! It's the first time I decided to write a big post, and hope you will like this format.

I started exploring a fascinating world of wafer paper flowers one year ago, and since that time this exploration and curiosity has transformed into passion and obsession! I keep looking at the photos of beautiful flowers online, watching them closely at grocery stores and outside. Spring gifted me a creativity boost! With so many flowers waking up after winter break and blooming I just want to explore, experiment and create more! I've already posted tutorials on several spring flowers: Lily of the Valley, Magnolia, Cherry Blossom, and Daffodil. Now is the turn for Crocuses!

They can be of different colors and color combinations from white to dark purple, and I showed in the video three ways to color the petals. However, there are so much more! I highly encourage you to experiment, and create a beautiful bouquet of colorful crocuses! Open and closed flowers, buds, greenery, yellow, white, purple, orange, pink, dark violet, and even red ones! Together they will make a fantastic arrangement, which will scream "It's finally spring and sun!" and will become a wonderful cake decoration. As for me, I'm dreaming of a flower basket :)

What tools do I need to make wafer paper crocuses, you wonder? To make these flowers you will need:

- scissors;

- coloring liquid (To make it just combine together 2 tbsp of water, 2 tbsp of vodka, and 1 tsp of glycerin). I don't recommend using a dry method of coloring with petal dust for this flower. There are two reasons for it. First, crocuses are very bright, and it's impossible to achieve such vibrant colors with petal dust. Second, the petals need a lot of moisture to be shaped, and dry method won't provide it either;

- gel food colors (I used yellow, orange, white, purple, violet, neon green, brown, and leaf green);

- pliers;

- green floral tape;

- wire (I like to use gauge 24 of 26, but any thin wire will work great);

- silicon mold;

- brushes;

- and, of course, thin wafer paper. I am often asked what thickness of wafer paper to use to make flowers. Here in the US we only have two types: thin and thick. I always go for thin paper. It results in the beautiful and realistically looking flowers. These flowers are not easy, nor fast to make (especially, considering the drying time), but they are definitely worth it! I hope, you will give them a try!

Below is a template you can use to make crocuses. The first and the third petals are used to make blooming flowers and require the wire, but the middle narrow petal is used to make flower buds, and doesn't need a wire.

Coloring the petals might look a little bit tricky since they become wet and hard to handle. If you have a problem with your petals becoming too mushy, you can slightly damp the brush with a paper towel, so it will absorb extra moisture (especially, before coloring the #2 petals for buds).

I won't occupy any more of your time because I know that every minute is precious. I just hope that my tutorial and story will be helpful for you, and will inspire you to dig into a fascinating world of wafer paper! Please, share your work with me! I am always so happy to see your beautiful flowers! They encourage me and give this magic boost to experiment with wafer paper and share my knowledge!

Let me know what you think of wafer paper crocuses! Do you like them? Will you try to make them?

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