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How To Make Crepe Paper Flowers - Step by Step Tutorials

Updated on February 11, 2014

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 need

red 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

1. & 2. Fold the paper and cut out the petals

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.

Farberware BBQ Bamboo Skewers, 75 Count, 12-Inch, Natural
Farberware BBQ Bamboo Skewers, 75 Count, 12-Inch, Natural

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.

 
Pacon Spectra(R) Assorted Color Tissue Pack, 12" x 18", 25 Colors, Pack Of 100 Sheets
Pacon Spectra(R) Assorted Color Tissue Pack, 12" x 18", 25 Colors, Pack Of 100 Sheets

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.

 
Artistic Wire 28-Gauge Kelly Green Wire, 40-Yards
Artistic Wire 28-Gauge Kelly Green Wire, 40-Yards

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 need

white and green crepe paperthin wooden stick or wireflorist wire (optional to make the leaves)yellow or bright green acrylic colorscissorsglue

Calla Lily Tutorial

1. Make a stencil and cut out the petalDraw a stencil on a paper and cut it out. Each calla lily needs only one petal. The dimensions I used were around 5.5 inch (14cm) wide and 6.5 (16 cm) in height.

2. & 3. Make the spadixTake a long thin wooden stick (skewers) and wrap one end with yellow paper (I used streamer as it was just wide enough - around 2 inch). Secure it with glue.4. & 5. Shape the petalAs you see in the picture 4. you need to curl the edges of the petal. You do that by rolling the edge between your thumb and index finger. Moving to picture 5 you need to stretch the paper in the middle of the petal, use both hands and gently pull it apart. (there's only one hand in the picture as I was holding the camera in the other). This will give it the curl and will make it look more realistic.6. Glue the spadix on the petalAdd some glue at the bottom of the spadix and place the petal on it as shown on the picture. Wait a bit for the glue to dry.7.Wrap the petal around the spadixWrap it to get the shape of the calla lily. Add some glue to secure it.8. Color the bottom of the petalI think the color that would work best is something in between yellow and green. As I am short on green at the moment I used yellow.9. Make the stemWrap the green paper around the skewers to make the stem

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: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand
Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand

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 need

green, white and yellow or even better yellow and orange crepe paperskewerflorist wiregluescissors

Daffodil Tutorial

1. & 2. Make a stemWrap some wire around the skewer to make a daffodil stem. Wrap the yellow paper around the end of the wire - this makes the stigma.3. & 4. Create the cupI recommend using fine crepe paper but as I was short on it I used a streamer which is not as thick so I had to make a double layer. I measured the diameter of actual cup on the daffodil to make mine.The strip of paper should be around 2.5 inch (6cm) long and 2 inch high (5cm).Create a small zig zag pattern on one side of the strip by gently stretching small portions of the paper left and right (as shown on image 3). When you are done add some glue to the end of the crepe strip and make a tube. Let it dry. When it dries pinch together the end you didn't "zig-zag" as seen on picture 4

5. Place the cup onto the stemTake the stem and place the cup onto so the stigma will be in the middle of the cup. Secure the bottom part of the cup with wire. You can also add some glue.

6. Make 6 petalsI used an actual leave as a stencil, I just added some length to it so I could glue the petals onto the stem. They came at around 2 inch long (5 cm) and 1.25 inch wide (3 cm) not counting the added length (which was around 0.5 inch - 1 cm). You will be needing 6 petals. I think it's best if you make them in different sizes and slightly different shapes as this will make the daffodil look more natural.

7. Give the shape to the petalsRoll the edges of the petals between your thumb and index finger a bit to make the edges more natural. Most daffodil petals have one or a few folds on them so be sure to make them. Also streech the crepe paper a bit to give it some texture.8: & 9. Stick the leaves to the stemNow this is the tricky part and you will need some patience. Apply some glue on one petal and place it under the cup. The petal will have a mind of its own believe me but with some patience you will have it standing the way you want it. Be sure to give it enough time to dry before you glue on the second (and other) petal. Work your way through to the 6th petal.Last but not least - the stemTake a strip of green paper and wrap it around the skewer, starting under the cup and working your way down the stem.

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.

Can't you just smell them?

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      Revisiting this delightful crafty, flower making lens. Love the photos of your crafty crepe paper "garden".

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm a little late to the party but had to come over and do the LotD dance of joy with you, congratulations! I've done roses and daffodils but have never seen the paper calla lily, so that is my favorite today....very nicely presented and just in time for the wedding and graduation decorating season! :)

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I used to make crepe paper flowers as a child. But nothing like this. This is art!

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      dotcomdiva 4 years ago

      Great lens and congratulations on winning the Quest, clearly you deserve it! I can hardly believe those flowers were made with crepe paper...the realism you've captured in each flower is awesome!

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      JeannyLeRoux 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Really nice lens, I love it!

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      TopChristmasToysGifts 4 years ago

      Great craft idea. It's amazing what can be created from crepe paper

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      Very creative and detailed instruction. Well done. I like Crepe Paper Rose.

      Congratulation for LOTD.

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      What lovely flowers you made, and they are so easy to re-create with your detailed step-by-step instructions! Congrats on LoTD.

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      Great instructions! I'm normally not that great at crafts, but I may have to try these out. Thanks for sharing :) And congrats on LOTD!

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      sandrabill 4 years ago

      I really love this lens! thanks for sharing this awesome content.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I loved crepe paper is a kid. I didn't know it was still being made. It used to be easy to find everywhere. I am so glad you wrote this so now I know it still exists.

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      Marianne Gardner 4 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Amazing paper flowers. Looks like fun. My kitty would run away with one, I'm sure.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      This was a very interesting tutorial lens, malina123, with well documented instructions and pictures!!

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      Lovely flowers and helpful photo tutorials. I've made daffodils from regular paper but I think I like the texture the crepe paper would add to the flower.

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      JenaleeMortensen 4 years ago

      My mother made crepe paper roses and carnations and I learned to make them from her. Thanks for the instructions for the calla lily and the daffodil. I'll have to try them.

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      nicey 4 years ago

      This is so beautiful. The pictures are so sweet. I'll use this craft in my art lesson.

      Thanks and congrats.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Very well done malina123. Your lens is really easy to understand with the step-by-step instructions and followed up with the easy to see photos. Congratulations for being this month's Craft Quest winner and everything else. Have a Great Day!

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your LoTD and purple Star. This I will have to try. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      This craft for making flowers is one that I will try with my grandchildren! They love it when I teach them how to make stuff.

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      MillBucks 4 years ago

      Congrats for LoTD and Purple Star, very well deserved for such an exceptional lens.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      Lovely roses, look almost real. Kudos to you for being the winner of the Crafty Challenge, LOTD, and Purple Star. Wow.

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      cire81 lm 4 years ago

      You have put in great effort to making this lens. Great job. Do check out my lens too.

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      I love these flowers and the way you made the photos to illustrate the tutorials. Congratulations on winning the Crafty challenge, Purple Star, and Lens of the Day. Well deserved.

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      Klinetka 4 years ago

      My grandmother loved to make this crepe paper flowers. Nice lens

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Beautiful...I love the picture tutorials that you so carefully put together...congratulations on the Crafty win and the LOTD:-)

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      chrystalspace4scrappin 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! Thank you for your careful instructions and the pictures of your beautiful crepe paper flowers and congratulations on winning lens of the day!

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      francescajohnston 4 years ago

      Wow, what a great idea for a Lens! Thanks for this info and Grats on Lens of the Day!

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your lens of the day! Thanks for taking the time to make a great lens. Make it a creative day!

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      loudshannon1299 4 years ago

      any they are well cool and make cute table décor!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Vera-S 4 years ago

      I love your beautiful paper flowers. Your lens brought back childhood memories. Congratulations on LOTD and Purple star.

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      starfairy lm 4 years ago

      awww those flowers are very pretty ans quite easy to make I would surely try them out! And congrats for lotd and for winning the quest!!! :)

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      Charlie43 LM 4 years ago

      I come from a time when people made these items out of necessity, because "store-bought" items were not available. Your lens brought home to me the times we would sit around the dining room table with my mother, crafting all sorts of beautiful items. Thanks for sharing.

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      Onlinemum3 4 years ago

      These flowers all look fantastic. Thanks for the great step-by-step guides. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      This is really neat! They would be fun to make. I love that they are forever lasting.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      The only issue is with that "crafty" kitty. If they are anything like ours there is no way to completely remove them. I know I have tried. Also congrats on the LOTD!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      These are great! I haven't worked with crepe paper in years, but I know I could follow your instructions. Love the kitty! :) Congratulations on your So Crafty win and the Lens of the Day!

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I'll definitely give the calla lily one a try. Great lens - pinned to my crafts board.

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      Naughty kitty. I've got one who specialises in tearing up paper. I think your flowers might drive her over the top.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I love your paper flowers, great step by step instructions

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the calla lilies. I had to laugh at the cat photo. Cats love to rearrange quits blocks laid out on the floor too.

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      Congratulations on the LotD and winning the SoCrafty quest!!

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      piyush001 4 years ago

      thank you for lovely tips..

      with the help of this tips we will make nice creativity and nice flowers...

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      willoconner 4 years ago

      Perfect presentation of creativity! Congrats!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great tutorial. The pictures really make it feasible for me to make them.

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      Gaby81 4 years ago

      Thanks for this amazing lens. It surely deserves to a Lens of the Day. I also made a tutorial on How to make fabric tulips as a Mother`s day gift, and today I have been nicely surprised when I sow the purple star on it. :)

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love the crepe paper roses. I haven't used crepe paper since I was a child and I would love to try making some of these.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Very nice photos easy to understand instructions, I make peonies but never attempted the others, I will give it a try soon. Great Job!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I really like these Crepe Paper Roses, because the color red is so vibrant.

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      webscribbler 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens - your tutorials are nice and complete - some paper flowers tutes are woefully lacking in details. The first time I saw crepe paper flowers was when I lived in San Antonio. They have an entire parade that pays homage to them - The Battle of Flowers. It's like the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena except that most of the flowers are handmade.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are wonderful tutorials! Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      great lens.. I give it 5 stars! Esp. love the last tip!! Though the cats I've had, current one included always seemed to like to 'help' they usually just sit and watch.

      Sully ( https://hubpages.com/animals/sullycat ) however sometimes likes to come & laydown on what I'm writing, reading or working on lol.

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      brownee lm 4 years ago

      These are so beautiful, thank you for sharing! I am going to try to make some for mother's day!