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I love making these peony flowers; I recently made some for a wedding cake for a friend and they looked fabulous. I also made one to wear as a corsage on a dress for a wedding and had so many compliments! You could add a couple of leaves for a more realistic look. - Louise Raine
Take one large petal and concertina it up.
Roll a petal between your thumb and forefinger.
Now twist the 2 wire tails tightly together a couple of times to secure your bubble loop.
Repeat steps 1 to 3 until you have shaped all 24 petals.
Take a few stamens, fold in half and secure with wire.
Wrap the long piece of foam around the stamens and secure with hot glue.
Start adding the petals to the top of the foam, adding the smaller ones first. Overlap the petals slightly as you go round, securing with a small amount of hot glue.
Do the same with the larger petals, placing them just below the first row. Secure with hot glue.
This is what your finished peony should look like. I have added some green florist tape to the stem to make it even more authentic.