Peony season is nearly over... it is such a short season and as they are my favourite flowers this makes me so sad.  This month for the Minerva Crafts Bloggers Network, I decided to crochet some 'year round' peonies to keep me happy until next summer.  I used the gorgeous Bamboo Cotton Yarn from King Cole.
What you will need:
Yarn - Cotton works best for this project.
2.5mm Crochet Hook
Embroidery Needle
Matching Thread
Sewing Needle
Glue Gun
Floristry Wire
Floristry Tape
Craft Pliers
Petals
You will need to make 4 large and 4 small petals for each flower.
CH - Chain Stitch
SL - Slip Stitch
SC - Single Stitch
HDC - Half Double Stitch 
Small Petal
CH3.
First two CH count as first HDC. 4 HDC in the last CH. (5)
CH2. Turn
*HDC in the same stitch as the 2CH. 2HDC in each stitch. 2HDC in the end turning CHs*. (10)
repeat ** 3 more times.
CH2. 2SCs in the same stitch as the 2CHs. 3SC in each stitch. 3SC in the turning CHs (30)
Cast off and sew in loose ends.
Large Petal
CH3.
First two CH count as first HDC. 7 HDC in the last CH. (8)
*CH2. Turn
HDC in the same stitch as the 2CH. 2HDC in each stitch. 2HDC in the end turning CHs*. (16)
repeat ** 5 more times. (16)
CH2. 2SCs in the same stitch as the 2CHs. 3SC in each stitch. 3SC in the turning CHs (48)
Cast off and sew in loose ends.
Next take the floristry wire and with the pliers make a small loop at the top.
Next take the yellow yarn and make the centre of the flower.
Centre of the flower
CH8. SL to first CH to make a loop.
*CH5. SL to loop.* Repeat ** 7 more times.
Cast off. Sew in loose ends.
You now need to start attaching the petals to the wire.  First add the 4 smaller petals, pushing the wire through the small hole at the bottom of the petal where you made the original three CHs.
Then add the four larger petals.
Take a matching thread and run a stitch around the middle of the flower to hold the petals together.  You can use a glue gun to do this if you prefer.
Next, you need to attach 4 short pieces of yarn (approx 12cm) to the loop, in the same colour as the petals using a larks head knot.
Using a crochet hook pull the threads through the centre of the flower.
Next you need to glue the centre of the flower into the petals using the glue gun.
Then trim the central stamen until they are the desired length.
That is the main part of the flower completed.  Doesn't it look gorgeous?
The last thing you need to do is wrap some floristry tape around the wire.  This isn't essential but I think it makes the project look more complete.
A lovely table top decoration.  You can make the same flowers but rather than add the floristry wire you can add a pin to make a broach or attach to jewellery or a headband.
Sprout has been helping me in only the way a 2 year old boy can!