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Shaped Crepe Flowers

Flowers crafted from colorful tissue or crepe paper are graceful, inexpensive to make, and always in season. Arrange them on tables, use as boutonnieres, or create a whole bouquet.

How to Make It
Tissue Bubble Flower: Attach 12 (or 6 pairs) artificial stamens to 24-gauge cloth-covered floral wire by wrapping with green floral tape. Cut five 4-by-2 1/4-inch pieces of tissue paper. For each petal, wrap tissue halfway around 1 1/2-inch Styrofoam ball; twist ends, and remove ball. Attach one end of petal to the base of stamen with floral tape. Add the other petals one at a time, taping in place. Trim pointy ends. Gently pull petals away from the center.


Crepe Paper Lily: Modify these instructions to create a flower of a different color or size, and with more or fewer petals. Cut out 5 petals from orange crepe paper (download template here). Fold the petals in half lengthwise, crease, then unfold. Gently pull each petal outward at widest point to stretch it. Make stamens: Cut 1/2-by-6-inch strip of ivory crepe paper. Twist it tightly between your fingers; knot one end. Cut three 1/8-by-4-inch strips of heavy red crepe paper, and bend each at one end. Attach all strips, with the ivory one in the center, to 18-gauge cloth-wrapped floral wire for a stem by winding floral tape around ends. Attach petals to stamens one at a time with floral tape, spacing evenly.

Comments (14)

  • Lilu322 24 Dec, 2011

    I made these in white to make a small "paper poinsettia" garland for Christmas. I didn't even bother with stems. Very easy, and very pretty, with a red paper bird hanging above them.

  • Franghurst 5 Jun, 2011

    KitchenLady: How interesting about the flowers from the 1950s. I've inherited a few 1950s craft project kits and they are so much fun to look at. Thanks for the "look back".

  • thekitchenlady 4 Jun, 2011

    In the 1950's we used to make all kinds of flowers out of brightly colored squares of 'wood fiber' paper that we bought at the local craft store. They had instruction sheets with cutting and finishing touches for each flower family. They sold all types of stamens, leaves, wire and floral tape. It was great summer fun for me and my girlfriends!

  • DIYJane 4 Apr, 2011

    Love these started making them for my November wedding. Then made Bouquets for Mothers Day gifts. Also made individual flowers for birthdays. Everyone loves them. I am adding them to my craft creations. Thank you.

  • Rugia 7 Jan, 2011

    I'm planning my mother's 105th birthday on february 1st..and already started with these crepe flowers for centerpieces...I'll put them in smal round vases, each table with get three vases...

  • TheDtales 16 Apr, 2010

    Planning an October wedding for a <ahref=""> DIY Bride </a> who will LOVE this idea! Awesome!

  • TheDtales 16 Apr, 2010

    Working on a unique outdoor summer wedding. This is exactly the kind of floral inspiration I needed. I look forward to posting the outcome on <ahref=""> our wedding pages</a> our wedding pages!

  • Ilyasova 14 Apr, 2010

    Wonderful! Fantastic!

  • CraftHobbit 6 Nov, 2009

    Yes, these are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I made some for my boss and she couldn't even tell they weren't real at first! Imagine that! Freesias and Poppies look really nice too. I made some by following the instructions on this site . Her Freesias look SO real. Seriously, with paper flowers looking so good and lasting so long, you should really think of giving these as a gift as an alternative to real ones.

  • marichuy64 5 Aug, 2009

    these flowers look amazing, I am going to make these to decorate the tables, and the church for my daughter's sweet 15 this coming September, I hope I can make mine look as beautiful as these, thanks for posting

  • thefuturemrscondy 16 Jun, 2009

    These flowers were beautiful. I had one groomsmen who was good at making these that I just let him do it! We made all the corsages, bountineeres, and hair-do flowers out of these and similar flowers! The best part is you can make these way ahead of time and they won't die, and them those you give them to can keep them as a nice momento!

  • dannespearman 13 Nov, 2008

    If you can find the Styrofoam balls, cotton balls work great and they're more economical if you're making a lot of flowers.

  • dannespearman 13 Nov, 2008

    If you can find the Styrofoam balls, cotton balls work great and they're more economical if you're making a lot of flowers.

  • hmt_jws 14 Oct, 2008

    looks like a great idea hopefully mine will come out similar!