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Crepe-Paper Flowers

Use these directions to make the crepe-paper flowers that adorn our fondant-covered cake.

To decorate the tiers with the crepe-paper bands, cut the crepe paper into strips with the ribbing running top to bottom, and gently stretch the top edge to create a ruffle. Wrap the band snugly around the tier, and secure to itself in the back with double-sided tape.

Tools and Materials
Crepe paper (purchase the kind sold in folds, rather than streamers)
Artificial stamens
Green cloth-wrapped floral wire for stems (20-gauge)
Thin wire for wrapping (26-gauge)
Green floral tape

Crepe-Paper Flowers How-To
1. Cut the crepe paper into teardrop-shape petals; for each poppy, you'll need five of the same size.

2. Pull gently across the top half of each petal to ruffle it slightly. Cluster several artificial stamens (cut them in half if they're double-ended).

3. Bend a small, slim loop at one end of each cloth-wrapped floral-wire stem, and use the thin wire to bind the bunched stamens to the loop.

4. Place the petals around the stamens, and tape in place with the floral tape, winding it around the stems to secure well and wrapping up on the petals just enough to bring them in to the stamens.

5. Wrap the tape all the way down the stem to cover. Spread the stamen tips slightly to flare them.

See the Flower Cake Photo Gallery

Comments (6)

  • 23 Jun, 2011

    well where are the directions for making the faux flowers topping the cake on the cover of weddings summer 2011 diy issue? cant find them anywhere. Please help.

  • 25 Oct, 2010

    find crepe paper can find me: paperqu at gmail do com. We are manufacture in China.

  • 26 Sep, 2009

    I make these crepe paper flowers as well as other paper roses. They are available here in my Etsy shop. YourAngil.Etsy.com

    You can also write me if you need any sources for stamens, crepe paper folds or tips. Thanks~!
    Angela Harris

  • 31 Jul, 2009

    where can i find crepe paper anyone have an online address I have tried every craft shop in town noe to be found i want crepe paper not tissue paper to make the flowers lots of tissue no cepe??
    please help
    thanks

  • 16 Jun, 2009

    We were able to pick up all of our supplies at a local craft store. These were so easy and beautiful that we made 1 flower for each of our 200 guests to wear! The process took a while, but went smoothly once we got ourselves into a good groove!

  • 29 Mar, 2009

    So cute! Any way we can get a printable template of the "tear drop shaped petals?" What is a good source for artificial stamens?