Paper flower DIY – western prairie fringed orchid

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The western prairie fringed orchid is so strange and lovely, along with it’s eastern sister it is found in 11 states and 2 provinces. Like many wild flowers the blossom of this a little small, one bud is only about 1 inch wide, so for this tutorial I have just about doubled the size so that it’s a little easier to make. Maybe winter has seeped into me a little to much this year, but I really love how this flower looks in all white, so if your game give it a try and nix the green.

I’d like to thank Kelly D. Norris the Horticulture Manager at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and David Remucal at the University of Minnesota’s Arboretum for pointing me towards this amazing flower.

How to make rare and endangered flowers in paper

western prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera praeclara)
petal ply – 2

Supply list
white tissue paper
green tissue paper
white floral tape
18 gauge floral wire
mod podge

western fringed prairie orchid

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(click template for the full size)

Try it for yourself! and when you do use hashtag #foldedPetal with your photos! And please let me know what you think in the comments, I want to make the best how-to guilds for you and your input makes that happen!

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