Floral Wire & Tape
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All of our favorite floral wire and tape is now our shop! On this page you will find stem wire, bind wire, and vine wire. You will also find our Lia Griffith floral tape. Floral tape is designed for florists to bind together fresh flower stems and branches. In our case, we use it for our crepe paper flowers. Floral tape is different than regular tape because it’s a crepe paper that is coated with wax and not sticky to the touch. It must be activated by stretching it and using the heat of your hands.
How to Use Floral Wire
You can use floral wire and stem wire to create stems for paper flowers, paper plants, felt flowers, and felt plants. All of our wire is paper wrapped, which makes it easier to glue on both paper and felt.
Altogether we carry four options of stem wire. 24-gauge green wire is a lot lighter than the 18-gauge wire and used mostly to go in between petals and leaves. 18-gauge wire is used for flowers that need a thinner stem or need a little more movement. If you are using a lighter colored crepe paper, we recommend using the 24-gauge white wire so it blends in. Lastly, our thick stem wire is my personal favorite as I find it looks more natural.
Bind wire is another option for adding wire to paper leaves and creating stems. You can also use it to make trailing plants, like we did with this paper string of hearts plant and this paper string of pearls. The wire is softer with less structure than the stem wire, giving it more movement.
Vine wire is a more sturdy wire that is perfect for making wreaths and branches. Need inspiration? You can see how we used vine wire for our felt wreath and our frosted paper umbrella tree.
How to Use Floral Tape
We use floral tape when binding multiple stems together, such as when you attach a set of leaves to your crepe paper flowers. You can also use it to join thin stem wire to a thicker stem wire.
Tear a piece of floral tape off the roll before you start making your crepe paper flowers so it’s on hand and ready to use. Warm the end of the tape between your fingers and wrap the warmed tape around your wire and overlap the first end. You can press and warm the first wrap to ensure it has stuck.
Holding the tape along the stem wire, gently stretch as you wrap the tape around the wire. Stretch and wrap the tape at a slight angle so that it moves down the stem. If your tape rips while you are wrapping, simply continue by attaching warmed tape onto stem at the point of the rip and repeat the stretch and wrap steps.
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