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How to Make Crepe Paper Flowers

Crepe paper is easy to work with and creates realistic flowers that are perfect for gift toppers or placed in a vase during spring. Make three different types — a peonies, daisies and tulips.

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Materials Needed:

  • crepe paper rolls in 4 different colors
  • floral wire
  • floral tape

Make Tulip Stamen

To make the tulip's stamen, cut a 1x1-inch piece of yellow crepe paper. Roll a tiny ball of cotton in your fingers and place in the middle of the crepe paper square. Stick the end of the wire into the cotton ball (image 1). Stretch and fold the crepe paper over the cotton ball and wire (image 2). Twist the edges of the crepe paper around the wire, and use floral tape to secure (images 3 and 4). Twist the floral tape around the crepe paper and wire so they are seamlessly connected (image 5).

Note: Floral tape gets sticky as it stretches. When wrapping the tape around the crepe paper, slightly stretch it to make it sticky enough to stick to itself.

Cut Tulip Petals

To make the tulip petals, cut a 4-inch wide strip of crepe paper. Fold the edge of the strip up 4 inches (image 1). Continue to fold the strip onto itself to be able to cut more than one petal at a time (images 2 and 3).

Make Tulip Petals

Cut the tulip petal templates out of the paper you printed them on, place on the folded crepe paper (image 1) and cut them out. Cut 4 inner petals and 3 outer petals. Flower petals should always be cut with the grain of the crepe paper running vertically. Hold the top of each petal between your thumb and forefinger and stretch the crepe paper open to make the petal look more realistic (image 2). Arrange the inner petals around the stamen (image 3). Each petal should slightly overlap the one next to it (image 4). Secure the petals with a strip of floral tape (image 5). Arrange the outer petals by overlapping each one, and secure with floral tape. Wrap the floral tape all the way down to the wire to create a seamless look.

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