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8" x 11" sheets of waxed scale paper ( not household waxed paper), purchased at a restaurant supply store. It has a lovely milky white translucence
string or wire for tying your accordian folded paper
The waxed scale paper is easy to work with and is not so delicate, so it can handle the peeling back of the pleated layers without feeling too precious.
I actually did tear the paper a few times, but I just kept separating the layers and pulling towards the center--where the string was tied.
You could not tell where the tears were --so there was no need to start all over on another flower and no expensive paper was sacrificed.
When you tie your accordian folded paper do not cut the string ends (or wire if using), but leave the ends hanging on the back side of your flower. Once you decide how you will use your flowers, you can use the string ends for creating loops to hang or as a "pass through" for a longer length of hanging ribbon or wire.
I used 6 sheets of paper per flower
It was easy to manipulate and re-shape the flowers as needed -perfect if you need to store them before transporting them to a venue + they will not go limp----perfectly suitable for an outdoor event.
You could also put 2 flowers together back to back to create a very full blossom.
Finished flowers are approximately 7- 8" in diameter based on the paper size used.