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.


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