- Arts and Design
How To Make Crepe Paper Flowers - Step by Step Tutorials
Make a beautiful bouquet that lasts
I always loved crepe paper. As a kid I enjoyed doing all kinds of crafts with this magical paper, I made my Halloween mask, 3D pictures, garlands and much more. I remember how my mother would make a paper flower on occasion and how I admired it. Naturally I wasn't skilled enough as a kid to make a flower on my own as tissue paper can be a bit delicate. Luckily when I grew up my love for this craft remained and my skills improved.
Spring is very a busy time of the year with my family as it seems most of our friends and family have birthdays in April and May. As they all deserve something unique they will each be getting a bouquet of these (roses, calla lilies, carnations,...) and a handmade card. But these are great to make all year round and they do make a perfect gift or decoration for any occasion - I was thinking the other day they would also make a one of a kind wedding bouquet and there would be no fear of flowers wilting (not sure if they would survive the bouquet throw though).
I want to share some of the flower tutorials with you so you too will be able to enjoy the art of flower making as much as I do. Be sure to check back in the future as I will be adding more tutorials when I will be making more flowers.
Photos on this page are taken by me unless stated otherwise.
How to Make Tissue Paper Roses
Roses are red...
Red roses. Who does not love them, they are a symbol of beauty. The first of the birthday girls is my aunt and as she really, really likes red roses she will be getting a small bouquet of them.
What you needred and green crepe paperslim wooden stick (skewer) or wirethin flexible wire scissorsglue - use dry paper glue
I could also add decorative sand and a vase to the list as there really isn't a better way to showcase your flowers than to put them in a vase full of decorative sand.
Step by Step Tutorial - In pictures and words
Make a heart shaped stencil similar to the one in the picture. My petals were around 3 inches (7cm) high and 2 inches wide (5cm). You can chose any size you want as roses come in many sizes.
When you decide on the size, cut a long strip of crepe paper (if we take my measurements let it be around 3 inches wide and 20 inches (or more) long. Fold it (accordion fold/zig zag fold - each of the folds as big as the petal). I folded the paper 10 to 14 times (to add some diversity in sizes from rose to rose) and I used two strips for one rose.
Use paper clips to secure the stencil on your accordion folded paper. Cut out the shape but be careful not to cut on the edges - so that your petals will be joined together in one long strip (as seen in picture number 2).3. Curl the flower petals and roll the bottom parts of petalsUse the skewer you will later use as the stem to curl the upper part of the petal. Roll the bottom part of the petal between your thumb and index finger - this will give the shape to the petal.4. & 5. Wrap the petals around the stickI used some of the yellow tissue paper and glued it at the end of the stick but this is optional as it won't be seen in the end. I used white glue to secure the first petal on the stick and after it dried I just rolled the rest around, slowly positioning each of the petals to get the desired shape. I secured them with some florist wire and glue. I did the same with the second strip of petals. You might need to try this a few times before you get the shape right.6. Make leaves and sepalsCut 4 small sepals, roll one side of them between the fingers as you did with the flower petals. With florist wire make a twig and wrap it with green paper. Cut out some leave shapes and glue them on the wire.6. Add the leaves, sepals and finish the stemCarefully glue the sepals on your rose. Wrap the wire with leaves around the wooden stem. Wrap the stem with green crepe paper with glue. All done.
Some of the things you will need - Basic supplies
These are a must if you will be making lots of crepe or tissue paper flowers.
Extra long skewers. These work great for making stems of certain flowers.
I like my skewers as long as possible since you can always make them shorter. These will also come in handy with various other craft projects.
All the colors of the rainbow (and more). It's best to have more colors. There's nothing I hate more than to get a crafting inspiration and not having the materials (in this case colors) to get the job done.
This wire is thin enough to use for securing the petal onto the stem.
How to Make a Calla Lily
Calla Lilies are one of my favourite flowers. And they are quite easy to make. My mother in law will be getting a bouquet of these! I love the woman! Whenever I discuss mother in laws with my friends and they tell me all the horrible issues they are having with theirs and how many subtle critiques they get I just can't believe how lucky I am. This woman rocks!
What you needwhite and green crepe paperthin wooden stick or wireflorist wire (optional to make the leaves)yellow or bright green acrylic colorscissorsglue
Calla Lily Tutorial
Paper To Petal - Looking forward to new crafting inspirations
I do love crafting books! While I do think I am crafty on my own these books are great for broadening your crafty horizons and learning new techniques.
One thing that always brings a smile on my face in these books is when you find a technique so simple to use you can't believe you haven't thought about it before.
Paper to Petal is a crafting book that I eagerly anticipate as there really aren't that many crepe paper craft books out there to get your inspirations from.
This book promises to reveal all the basic techniques you need to create stunning artwork as well as trick and tips on how to create unique masterpieces.
I expect to find quite a few interesting flowers in this one, and I hope to see flowers that can't be found where I live as that will indeed give me the opportunity to learn something new.
Best way to learn how to make crepe flowers is to study the real ones.
How to Make Daffodils
The first flower to bloom on our garden
Don't you just love it when flowers start blooming? Daffodils are the first that have bloomed this year in our garden and I decided to make one out of crepe paper to show you how you can use the actual flower for a template, I mean what better stencil to use than an actual petal?
What you needgreen, white and yellow or even better yellow and orange crepe paperskewerflorist wiregluescissors
Most Important Tip - Remove all mischievous pets while crafting
Make sure you don't have any mischievous pets in your working area. This little monster snatched my daffodil cup and ran away with it. Not a nice kitty at all! But we still love him and sometimes he does prove to be a helpful crafter.