Before we get to the tutorial let me give you my top 3 secrets…
3. Less is more
Crepe paper is a very forgiving paper. What do I mean by that? Well 2 things, one crepe paper not only comes in very realistic colors but also has almost a similar petal texture to the real deal.
How does this make it forgiving? Unlike card stock, which I have used a lot and taught others to use, you don’t have to work as hard to get the petals to look, well, like petals.
The texture helps with that so you don’t need to create that for each petal.
The less is more comes in specifically when cutting your petals. A good quality crepe paper is textured with a lot of vertical ridges.
Which means when you go to shape the petals (pulling and cupping them, more on this below) that your petal is going to expand in size, almost double depending on how much you decide to pull at the petals.
So don’t cut huge petals thinking your flower might be too small. Less is more!
2. You’ve got to follow directions
No, I don’t mean my directions I’m writing, although I recommend it!
Everything about crepe paper flowers is about the direction of the grained ridges.
Your petals need to be cut so the the vertical ridges run parallel to the petal length.
Look closely at my images below and you will see what I mean.
By cutting your petals like this it will allow you to shape the petals properly.
And down to the number one most important thing when achieving the perfect crepe paper flowers…
1. You must use a high quality crepe paper!
Truly, this is the single most important thing. Even if you follow the first two tips you must have an excellent crepe paper or it won’t matter, plain and simple.
Let me give you my new, and now most favorite crepe paper source.
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