Over the past couple months, our friends at Folktale Winery & Vineyards in Carmel Valley, California, have been hosting the Folktale Artisan Workshop series. In collaboration with Carmel Valley Mercantile and Tacklebox Creative + Design, a recent workshop we attended taught us how to create DIY Crepe Paper Flowers.
DIY Crepe Paper Flowers
To help you create DIY crepe paper flowers at home, today’s step-by-step tutorial comes courtesy of Carmel Valley Mercantile and Tacklebox Creative.
Getting your girlfriends together for a glass of wine and a DIY craft project is always a fun idea. Whether you’re hosting a bridal shower or birthday party, creating DIY crepe paper flowers is a wonderful and whimsical way to spend quality time with your favorite gal pals.
Supplies for DIY Crepe Paper Flowers
- Template for Petals & Leaves
- Metal Wire Stems
- Craft Glue Stick
- Cardboard Cone
- Crepe Paper
- Green Floral Tape
- Aluminum Foil
Step 1: To create the stamen of your flower, roll up a small 2″ strip of aluminum foil into a ball shape.
Step 2: With a small amount of glue applied to the end of a wire stem, stick the glued side of the wire stem into the middle of the ball of aluminum foil.
Step 3: Wrap green floral tape around the aluminum ball (covering it completely), and allowing the tape to wrap over 1″ of the wire stem (to secure the aluminum ball to the wire).
Step 4: Using scissors, cut out the petal and leaf templates.
Step 5: Using different colored crepe paper, cut out the leaves and petals using the templates as a guide. You should have approximately 4 or 5 leaves per flower.
Step 6: While some of the flowers will have individual petals adhered to them, others (like the one above) will feature a different technique to achieve the look of petals. Using a 3″ thick piece of crepe paper, fold the paper into small sections, and then cut small strips into the paper (creating a hula skirt effect).
Step 7: Glue one side of the paper and wrap the petals around the stamen and add the leaves. Secure with green floral tape, ensuring the tape goes all the way down the wire (to cover it completely).
You can use a variety of paper colors to create different effects, and add visual interest to your crepe paper flowers. You can also opt to use different shaped leaves, or go without leaves on particular flowers.
Each individual flower can be placed within a live floral arrangement or succulent pot, to add a bit of whimsy to your arrangements.
As an optional way to complete your bouquet of crepe paper flowers, using supplies such as ribbon, gift tags, and shredded paper stuffing, you can create a hand-held bouquet (similar to a bridal bouquet). Stuff the shredded paper into the bottom of a cardboard cone (which resembles an ice cream cone). Then insert the stems of your crepe paper flowers. Adorn with the ribbon of choice.
As an alternative idea, these adorable crepe paper flowers can be added to gift wrapped boxes, as a decorative accessory to make your gift unique and memorable. No matter how you use your crepe paper flowers, working collectively with your gal pals always makes craft projects like these even more enjoyable.