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Monday, February 1, 2016

Easy DIY Crepe Paper Flowers



Crepe paper flowers are super simple to make and can look incredibly realistic if you take the effort to stack shades of slightly different shades of colour and carefully shape all of the details. They are only paper after all and just destined to brighten things for a wee while before dust and sun prevail, but they look so pretty in the interim.  Perfect for adding a touch of elegance to the top of a present, dressing up a party as a centerpiece or garland, adding a dash of flair to your style, or as a beautiful bouquet.  The latter is particularly perfect for people or places who can't enjoy the real thing due to allergies or other restrictions. You can make crepe flowers as simply as layering, folding, and fluffing (like the classic tissue flowers), roll them like ribbons (I have a super cute Valentine's ribbon DIY prepped for sharing next week), or build them up petal-by-petal.  Here are there VERY simple ways to layer and shape for different floral styles. Mix and match, or experiment to create your own favourite style!

Fringe stamen: Cut a length of florist wire (or substitute - see tips and tricks below) to suit your project.  Roll or wrap the top (flower) tip of your wire to avoid any sharp points.  Cut a length of crepe or tissue paper and trim into a fringe.  Roll around the tip of your wire and tape to secure. The pointed petal:   Cut oblong petals from your crepe paper, ensuring the long part is with the grain (see tips and tricks below).  Use varying sizes and don't stress too much about perfection - nature is naturally imperfect! Gently stretch the crepe petals individually to give the petals shape.  To cup a petal, pinch it gently between your thumb and fingers and stretch it towards the sides.  Pinch the base to curl as you attach them to the stem, starting with your smaller petals and working outwards, incrementally securing with florist's tape. Gentle fluff and shape if/as needed after the flower is finished.


Fringed button stamen: Cut a length of florist wire (or substitute - see tips and tricks below) to suit your project.  Roll or wrap the top (flower) tip of your wire to avoid any sharp points.  Cut a length of crepe or tissue paper and wrap it into a small ball around a little wad of paper or cotton stuffing.  Insert the tip of your wire and tape to secure.  Cut a length of crepe or tissue paper and trim into a fringe. Roll around the button and tape to secure.    The large rounded petal:   Cut large semi-round petals from your crepe paper, ensuring the long part is with the grain (see tips and tricks below). Don't stress too much about perfection - nature is naturally imperfect! Gently stretch the crepe petals individually to give the petals shape.  To cup a petal, pinch it gently between your thumb and fingers and stretch it towards the sides.  Wrap the petals around the button as you attach them to the stem, overlapping each petal slightly, incrementally securing with florist's tape. Gentle fluff and shape if/as needed after the flower is finished.


Bud stamen: Cut a length of florist wire (or substitute - see tips and tricks below) to suit your project.  Roll or wrap the top (flower) tip of your wire to avoid any sharp points.  Cut a small square of crepe or tissue paper, fold in half on the diagonal to a triangle, pull the corners into the bottom center and twist. Tape onto your wire.   The ruffled petal:   Cut petals from your crepe paper with a slight wave on their tops as shown, ensuring the long part is with the grain (see tips and tricks below). Vary the shape and size slightly and don't stress too much about perfection - nature is naturally imperfect! Gently stretch the crepe petals individually to give the petals shape.  To cup a petal, pinch it gently between your thumb and fingers and stretch it towards the sides.  Pinch the base to curl as you attach them to the stem, starting with your smaller petals and working outwards, incrementally securing with florist's tape. For a full multi-petal flower like a peony, pinch the inner petals a lot and the outer petals can have more of just a wrap. Gentle fluff and shape if/as needed after the flower is finished.



Tips and Tricks:
  • Crepe paper isn't limited to the craft shops.  It can be bought in inexpensive sheets in the party/gift section of many stores, including office supply store or bargain shops.
  • When working with crepe, remember that it has a grain, which should run up and down your project, not across.  If you have the gain horizontal, the crepe won't stretch and shape which is what make it such a marvelous material for making paper petals and leaves. 
  • For more realistic flowers, use subtly different shade of paper for the different petals - just like nature. You can also tint your own crepe if you have time and patience for a little bit of a mess + drying.
  • If you can't readily get proper florist wire or floral tape, they aren't essential to making a basic crepe and wire craft for a simple gift topper or party decoration.  You can substitute standard wire and a thin green paper masking tape, which are both easily available and you may already have on hand around the house.  It is a touch harder to work with as it lacks the stretch of florist tape, so your stems may be a little fatter and the seams more visible.  Seek out or order-in the floral supplies for a prettier result, especially if you are making a special project to treasure, like a wedding bouquet or headpiece. 

2 comments:

  1. Lovely DIY paper Wedding Flowers! This idea is simply great. Would definitely try to make these Flowers for my wedding. I am going to have my wedding at one of most stunning wedding venues NYC. We booked it online and got amazing discount.

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