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Crepe Paper Crafts- Make Crepe Paper Flowers
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
- Hot Glue Gun
- Cardstock Circle (about the size of a half dollar)
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.
Cut one strip of crepe paper about 36 inches long. For an even fuller carnation, cut two strips and stack them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.