Cut the wire about one inch (25mm) from the bottom of the flower and fold it inside.
Bend each flower in an outer curve then tape all the inside of the flower.
Cut two opposite holes in the table-tennis ball with a paring knife or fine scissors so that it will slide down the dowel.
Now for the flower's pistil. I have used a discarded 'candle' light bulb but you can choose what you want or form a shape with foil and paper laminate.
You can give it extra bulk at the base with some kitchen foil.
Cover it completely with masking tape.
- Covering the whole pistil with masking tape
Insert it into the flower, with the pistil in the position you prefer, and mark the dowel where it emerges at the bottom.
Place the table tennis ball above that line and apply masking tape down the dowel until it meets the ball. Remove the ball until later.
- Applying masking tape
Now for the colour!
You need strips of paper serviette (napkin) of your choice of colour. You will probably find that it will tear in straight lines in one direction but not the other. You need straight lines of course. You also need paste. This can be wallpaper paste or CMC (see David Osborne's Papier Mache Paste article) with a little bit of PVA (white glue) mixed in. It needs to be the consistency of thin cream.