Crepe Paper Crafts- Make Crepe Paper Flowers

Crepe paper carnations and rolled flowers
Crepe paper carnations and rolled flowers | Source

Crepe paper isn't just for party decoration, it's a great material, wonderful for making crafts with as well. It comes in just about any color you can imagine and It's light and crinkly texture is perfect for making fluffy paper flowers. This hub will show you how to make two different flowers from crepe paper. The first a carnation and the second, a rolled rose or cabbage rose.

Use these crepe paper flowers to:

  • Make a pretty bouquet
  • Decorate a wreath
  • Make pretty garlands
  • Decorate for parties
  • Use as accessories for costumes, hair accessories, etc.
  • Use as embellishments for the middle of crepe paper rosettes


Crepe Paper Carnation Tutorial


First up is the crepe paper carnation. This flower truly looks like a carnation with lots of nice, ruffled layers. Since standard crepe paper strips are not very wide, these flowers will be more like normal size but you can bunch them up together to make larger pieces.


What You Need:

  • Crepe Paper
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Cardstock Circle (about the size of a half dollar)


Threaded needle with large knot.
Threaded needle with large knot. | Source

STEP 1

First thread your needle and be sure to tie a good, thick knot at the ends of the thread. For this project you will need at least 14" of thread with a knot at the end.

Crepe paper strip
Crepe paper strip | Source

STEP 2

Cut one strip of crepe paper about 36 inches long. For an even fuller carnation, cut two strips and stack them.

Stitch up the middle of the strip.
Stitch up the middle of the strip. | Source
Strip gathered and thread cut and knotted.
Strip gathered and thread cut and knotted. | Source

STEP 3

Take the needle and thread and stitch straight up the middle of the strip, gently scrunching the strip down along the way. After you have stitched through the strip, cut the thread right below the needle and tie another thick knot as close to the end as you can.

Gathered crepe paper strip.
Gathered crepe paper strip. | Source
Strip folded lengthwise.
Strip folded lengthwise. | Source

STEP 4

Now gather the strip of crepe paper along the thread, between the knotted ends. Be very careful and don't bunch it too tight, because the crepe paper is so thin and rips very easily. Try to gather it as evenly as possible down the length of the stitch.

Now fold the strip in half longways and crease it right down the stitch line. You can still even out the gathers if you need to.

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Start to roll the crepe paper strip.Keep rollingAlmost finished rolling
Start to roll the crepe paper strip.
Start to roll the crepe paper strip. | Source
Keep rolling
Keep rolling | Source
Almost finished rolling
Almost finished rolling | Source

STEP 5

Take one end and start rolling it toward the middle, just like you would a cinnamon roll. Keep rolling until it's all rolled together.

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Ready to glue on circle.Applying glue to the circle.Circle glued onto crepe paper roll.
Ready to glue on circle.
Ready to glue on circle. | Source
Applying glue to the circle.
Applying glue to the circle. | Source
Circle glued onto crepe paper roll.
Circle glued onto crepe paper roll. | Source

STEP 6

Put a generous amount of hot glue on a card stock circle and push the rolled crepe paper bottom onto the circle. Alternatively, you can put glue on the bottom of the rolled flower and put down onto the card stock circle- whichever you prefer. You just want to be sure all the layers of the stitched seam on the bottom are glued down. Then put a super small dot on the bottom end and tuck it down under. Sometimes the end may not match up evenly with the rest of the flower so you may need to trim it (round it) a bit so it will blend in. You may also want to trim any excess from around the card stock circle on the bottom.

FYI- If you have another glue that is very tacky and dries quick, you can use that instead. I just prefer using the hot glue because it has to be held in place until the glue dries and hot glue dries super fast.


STEP 7

Go through and gently separate all the layers of crepe paper. You should then have a cute fluffy crepe paper flower that looks like a carnation.


Beautiful, fluffy crepe paper carnation
Beautiful, fluffy crepe paper carnation | Source

Tips and Tricks


  • For the best looking ruffles, be sure the stitch is straight and right down the middle of the strip, and that the stitches are evenly spaced and not too long.
  • You can use longer strips to make the carnation bigger around.
  • For an even fuller carnation, start out with two strips stacked instead of just one.
  • For a larger sized carnation, use a longer strip and stitch down close to the edge instead of the middle. For more fluff, stack two or three strips before stitching. After gathering and after both sides are knotted, start rolling and glue to card stock circle, just like in this tutorial. It will be larger and super fluffy.
  • If you want to make a crepe paper carnation ball or topiary, instead of gluing onto a flat card stock circle, glue the strips around a ball (such as Styrofoam ball) starting at the top and working your way around. You may have to use a few strips one after the other or you can even use one long strip if you wanted. Fluff it up and add a ribbon to hang it and you have a pretty carnation ball!
  • You can also glue individual carnations around the ball or topiary.


Crepe Paper Rolled Flower Tutorial


Now for the crepe paper rolled flower or cabbage rose, as they call them. This is a very simple flower to make. All you do is cut a strip of crepe paper and then fold both edges in lengthwise, the shorter the strip the smaller the flower. I like to use about a 30 inch strip. I think it makes a good sized flower. Take a piece of card stock and put a drop of hot glue onto it. Twist one end of the crepe paper and kind of roll in in like a spiral and then stick it onto the dot of glue. Then going around and around in a spiral, twist the crepe paper as you go and gluing it down. Keep going until the end of the strip and put a drop of hot glue and tuck the end into place. Now cut it out of the card stock and trim around the edges and you have a cute crepe paper cabbage rose or rolled flower. The photos below illustrate each step.


Fold one side over toward the middle and then the other- do this the length of the strip
Fold one side over toward the middle and then the other- do this the length of the strip | Source
start a small roll
start a small roll
put dot of glue on the card stock and put it down into the glue - start twisting and wrapping, gluing each section around
put dot of glue on the card stock and put it down into the glue - start twisting and wrapping, gluing each section around
keep twisting around and gluing down
keep twisting around and gluing down
tuck and glue end under & trim away cardstock
tuck and glue end under & trim away cardstock
You have a beautiful crepe paper cabbage roll flower
You have a beautiful crepe paper cabbage roll flower

Rolled Flower Tips


  • If you want more dimension to your flower, you can stack a couple or three finished flowers from smallest on top, with the largest on the bottom.
  • When twisting the crepe paper, twist it as tight or loose as you want. Each produces a different look.
  • If you want the flower to be bigger around, use a longer strip.
  • Instead of using just one strip, try twisting two strips together and then gluing down for a larger more full flower- You could even use two different colored strips to make the flower multicolored.


Crepe Paper Flower Photos

crepe paper carnations
crepe paper carnations | Source
rolled flowers or cabbage roses from crepe paper
rolled flowers or cabbage roses from crepe paper | Source
rolled flowers stacked for added dimension
rolled flowers stacked for added dimension | Source
carnation embellishing a rosette
carnation embellishing a rosette | Source
rolled flower embellishment on a rosette
rolled flower embellishment on a rosette | Source

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Jeannieinabottle profile image

Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

What a great hub! I used to love making crafts with crepe paper, but I've never made flowers before. I will have to save this hub to my favorites so I can do this one day. Thanks for sharing.

Also, beautiful photos and I love the dividers. Voted up!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Jeannie, thank you for the vote up.. so glad you like these :) They are so easy, too! Always great to "see" you :)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Very pretty and these are so fun! It seems like you can use them for all sorts of holiday decorations and even to put on gift wrap. I love it! Thank you for sharing these ideas.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Jamie my friend, this is such a great craft and you did explained it so well, those flowers are so beautiful . Well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

Nice hub! Love the step-by-step instructions and the photos. My daughter LOVES crafts and I bet she'd adore these flowers so we'll have to give this a try.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Just beautiful and so easy! Thanks for another great craft tutorial.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I love the orange and green carnations. My niece made these to decorate her wedding reception tables. They did look very pretty and she got a lot of compliments.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Now this is cool. I have tons of rolls of crepe paper from 9 years of birthday parties. Now I know what to do with them since I didn't want to throw them out! Voted up!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

cclitgirl- Thank you :) You are right, these could be used for so many different things and love the idea of using them to decorate gift wrap! I'm thinking of doing some black ones for Halloween coming up.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

kashmir- Hi there.. it is always great to see you! Thank you, as always, for taking the time to drop by and comment and especially for the vote up and more.. Hope all is going well with you... take care :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Jenn-Anne- Oh, I bet your daughter would love these! They are so much fun and so easy, too. Thank you for dropping by!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Rose, you are so welcome.. thanks for dropping by!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

teaches- Oh I bet they did look so pretty on the tables for your niece's wedding.. these flowers are so fluffy and pretty! I am thinking about making a bunch of those carnations in the color black to cover a wreath for Halloween. Thank you for stopping by !


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Glimmer Twin Fan- Oh, I bet you are glad that you held onto them.. don't you love it when that happens :) Have fun making lots of crepe paper flowers!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I remember making crepe paper flowers in Brownies. Do you know how many years ago that was, to many? I can't remember how we made them. Enjoyed your hub and the information you have on making them. Voted uP!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

moonlake- Thank you :) oh, yes, I was in the brownies years ago too.. I think we moved before I could make it into the girl scouts, that was back in the late 70's I think.. I can definitely see why these would make a good craft for the brownies ...they are so easy and fun to make.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Jamie, you have made me cry. When I was a little girl my mom and I used to make crepe papers flowers together. I didn't think anyone did this anymore. Seeing your wonderful flowers made me remember those great times. These are good tears by the way. Oh I shall revisit this Hub very often. Thank you. The tutorial is perfect with easy to follow instructions and your photos are great.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hyphenbird- Thank you for dropping by to see my crepe paper flower tutorial...I'm tearing up a bit myself! I feel touched that this hub brought up such special memories of you :) Those kind of memories are the best ones... also, thank you for the compliments on the instructions and photos. So glad you dropped by... take care :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow Jamie...you brought back memories of my making crepe paper flowers back when I was a teenager. That was many moons ago! Ha! Nice tutorial on how to make these craft flowers. Up and useful votes. Will share. :)


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Jamie, this is an amazing hub! I love this tutorial, it is so easy for anyone to make! The carnations would be gorgeous stuck on a gift instead of a store bought bow. I used to do crepe paper craft and had forgotten about it until I saw your hub! Great to see it back with a modern twist! Voted everything and sharing, pinning:-)


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

These are pretty! I can see these crepe paper flower ideas coming in really handy for a lot of events like summer parties, weddings, showers. etc. Good , no great Hub! I vote awesome and useful!


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seanorjohn 4 years ago

Absolutely brilliant. I assumed that this would be an incredibly difficult process. your hub has inspired me to attempt this. Wish there was a category extremely useful. Voted up and tweeted this.


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Akarime31 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

You are so talented with these arts and crafts! The flowers are perect now that the holidays are just around the corner. I'am going to share this hub with my mom because I know she will love it. Great job! Your instructions are easy to follow. Very creative!!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

rebeccamealey- Thank you for the votes.... so glad you enjoyed the hub :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Peggy W- I'm happy I could bring up some memories for you of making these flowers when you were a teen..the older I get I realize just how precious memories from years past are. So glad you enjoyed the tutorial and thank you so much for the votes up and for sharing!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Suzie HQ- Thank you! I'm so happy you enjoyed the hub... When I wrote this I had no idea they had been around for a while already. As easy and pretty as they are I can see why. Thank you so much for the votes up, sharing and pinning!!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

seanorjohn- So happy to hear that you enjoyed the this tutorial and have found it useful! These flowers really are very easy to do.. I'm always looking for easy crafts and love doing these. I truly appreciate the votes up and the tweet :) Thank you so much for dropping by!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Akarime31- Aww.. thanks! I really appreciate your kind comment :) I'm so happy you've found this useful and will be sharing with your mom. I think these would be great for Christmas for sure. Thank you so much for stopping by!


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Wow, you took me again to those good old day, when I used to make flowers out of crepe paper, satin, stockings and ribbons etc. Great ideas, thank you for sharing!

Voted up and beautiful!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

livingsta- I have had a lot of people tell me that about these flowers.. says it brings up good memories. So happy to hear that! I had no idea this project had been around years prior..Thank you for stopping by and for the votes up :)


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emilybee 3 years ago

What a beautiful hub! I was hub hopping and looking for various paper flower ideas. For my wedding in OctoberI plan to make our flowers. I like yours!!! I'm going to try them out. I've been making ones out of construction paper which are really cool too, but variety would be nice :-) Thanks for the info.


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emilybee 3 years ago

Awesome!! I just made a carnation and it came out not bad!! I'm thinking maybe for bridesmaids bouquets I could use these :)


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

emilybee- Aww.. thanks! Glad you like these crepe paper flowers... they are super easy and I think it's a fantastic idea to make your own flowers for the wedding!!


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

emilybee- That's awesome! See... they are easy and I know you can do it! I think they would look really cute in the bridesmaids bouquets, great idea! I hope you have the wedding of your dreams :)


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emilyna 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing it with us :)


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

emilyna- You are welcome :) Thanks for dropping by!


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sallybea 11 months ago from Norfolk

Very pretty and eye catching, congratulations on your HOTD


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ChitrangadaSharan 11 months ago from New Delhi, India

Congratulations for the HOTD!

A very well presented hub with detailed instructions and helpful pictures. I remember making these paper flowers when my kids were younger for their birthday decorations. I have also made these with satin fabric. Thanks for the reminder. I had almost forgotten about them. Now I will make them again.

You selected lovely colours for this paper craft.

Thanks for sharing!


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Kristen Howe 11 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Jamie, congrats on another HOTD! You're on a roll with these crafty hubs. This is so beautiful and easy to do for a beautiful crepe flower display. Love the pics!


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RTalloni 11 months ago from the short journey

Such a fun Hub of the Day--congrats on your award!

Especially love your rolled cabbage flower method and will be keeping it mind to refer back to. You always inspire and I'm having visions of possibilities that there's not time to explore at the moment… :)


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Jamie Brock 8 months ago from Texas Author

RTalloni- Thank you so much. You are very kind and have always been so supportive here on Hubpages! I feel terribly for leaving such late reply. I just haven't been able to sign on as much as I would like. Thank you so, so much and I hope you are having a lovely day :)


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Jamie Brock 8 months ago from Texas Author

Kristen Howe- Thank you, Kristen! I just love doing crafts. It's my passion for sure!!


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Jamie Brock 8 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you sallybea!


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Jamie Brock 8 months ago from Texas Author

ChitrangadaSharan- Thank you for your kind comments! I just love making flowers.. it is one of my favorite crafts to do.

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