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The Secret to Perfect Crepe Paper Flowers

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How to make crepe paper flowers
Green text at the bottom of a close-up of a pink crepe paper rose reads, "The secret to gorgeous crepe paper flowers."

Alright so actually there is more then one secret to making the perfect crepe paper flowers. 
But I’m going to give you all of them including the number one most important! Plus I’m going to show you how to make that beautiful pink crepe paper rose!
 
This will be a continuation from yesterday’s post
Red letters on a wooden base spell the word "Love." The top of each letter acts a a vase and holds crepe paper flowers.
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. 
 

A fanned-out stack of crepe paper sheets lay on a white backdrop. A black arrow points to the left-to-right ridges along the crepe paper. The text reads, "See all the little ridges going this way?"

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. 
 
 
An illustrated tree with a rainbow of geometric leaves is to the left of the text that reads, "Mulberry Paper Design and More."
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You many have seen me mention it in yesterdays post. 
Mulberry Paper is truly some of the highest quality, and certainly the most reasonably priced paper I’ve ever used!

Their Italian crepe paper has a blanket like softness to it while still maintaining great shape for the petals. 
 
I’m totally serious here guys. I wasn’t paid a dime to give my opinion this paper really rocks! 
No wonder paper always beats rock in the rock, paper, scissors game!
 
Not only does Mulberry Paper have amazing crepe paper but a HUGE selection of other artisan papers like I’ve never seen. 
 
  • Mulberry paper
  • Washi paper
  • Lokta paper
  • Marbled paper
  • Indian paper 
  • Natural bark paper
  • Origami paper 
  • Iridescent paper
  • Italian crepe paper
  • And sooo much more!
 
Here are a couple of my favorites. 
 
A partially unrolled gold paper called Metallic Mulberry Momi Paper, by Mulberry Paper.

Metallic Mulberry Momi Paper – GOLD

Silkscreened Nepalese Lokta Paper- BLOSSOM White on Blue

Silkscreened Nepalese Lokta Paper – BLOSSOM – White on Blue

Thai Marble Paper - TURQUOISE/APRICOT/RASPBERRY

Thai Marble Paper – TURQUOISE/ APRICOT/ RASPBERRY

A roll of delicate cream and lace paper on a white background is from Mulberry Paper and is called Amate Bark Paper.
Now let’s jump over to the crepe rose tutorial. I am using the 
Green, yellow, and pink sheets of standard Italian crepe paper on a white background is available from Mulberry Paper.
A blossoming pink crepe paper rose, with paper leaves, is in a small turquoise vase on a white background.

Crepe Paper Rose Instructions

1. You will need to cut the 3 petal shapes shown in the below picture. 
  • 6-7 small petals
  • 5-6 medium
  • 5-6 large
Click over to my ‘Freebie Friday’ post to grab a printable rose petal template!
Pink crepe paper rose petals and piece lay on a white background ready to be made into a gorgeous crepe paper flower.
2. Once you’ve cut your petals grab 2 pieces of 18 gauge wire and wrap with corsage tape.
On a white paper tabletop, a floral wire lays partially wrapped with corsage tape. The roll of corsage tape lays in the middle of the picture as its unrolled tape is weaved around the area.
3. Now you want to do the pulling and cupping technique I mentioned earlier. 
Gently pull the edges inward. It will come naturally. 
Crepe paper rose petals sit on the white paper background, slightly curled inward to mimic the shape of a natural rose.
You should have something like this. 
Abbi Kirsten's hand holds a curled crepe paper rose petal in her hand. The remaining curled crepe paper petals lay in the background.
A focused close-up of the crepe paper rose petal, gently held in Abbi Kirsten's hand.
 
4. Grab your stem and one small petal and wrap it around the stem. This is the center of the rose. 
A close-up of the crepe paper rose petal has been curled and adhered to the flower stem.
5. Continue with your other 5 small petals the same way going around. Don’t make them too tight. You want it to look like it’s blooming. 
Abbi Kirsten holds a partially completed crepe paper rose in her hand, holding it close to the camera to show how the petals wrap around each other. Other petal pieces are in the background.
Abbi Kirsten holds an unfinished crepe paper rose and wire stem in her hand to show how the petal pieces will form a blooming rose when completed.
6. For the larger petals use a thin dowel, pencil or spare glue stick to curl the edges back. 
Pink petal pieces lay on a white table in the background, while in the foreground, Abbi Kirsten's hands show how to curl the petals already attached to the stem with a thin dowel. Crepe paper flowers look more realistic and are fun to make.
7. Begin adding on the medium petals. 
The crepe paper flower craft in Abbi's hand is now ready for the medium pre-cut petals to be added.
A different angle shows the crepe paper rose and stem in Abbi's hand is only partially completed when the medium-sized petals have been added.
Abbi Kirsten's hand holds an almost finished, blossoming crepe paper flower against a white backdrop.
8. Keep going around with the largest petals
In Abbi Kirsten's hand is a crepe paper flower with some larger petals added, showing how full the final paper flower will become.
Abbi Kirsten's hand is holding a crepe paper pink rose that is nearly completed. We can see the top of the flower clearly against the white background.
9. Cut a couple of leaves and one thin long rectangle with fringe edges to wrap around the rose’s underside. 
On a white paper tabletop lie green pieces of crepe paper cut and ready to be added to the crepe paper flower rose.
Remember to pull and cup your leaves too!
 
A close-up of the crepe paper rose, as the petals spread out from the tight center, creating a beautiful and gentle paper flower.
 

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7 Comments

  1. CraftyHope says:

    Your flower is gorgeous! I seriously thought that you could make these with the crepe paper streamers (from the dollar store). But, after reading your rules, I realize that I'm totally wrong. I'll have to eventually invest in some good crepe paper I guess. Thanks for all the tips! 🙂

  2. Abigail Gillespie says:

    I'm glad you enjoyed! The paper makes a world of difference!

  3. So beautiful! I love paper flowers.
    🙂 gwingal

  4. Abigail Gillespie says:

    Thank you! 🙂

  5. Lu Romney says:

    Where do you get the template for the rose lu romney

  6. I love your roses! They are perfect for my daughter’s wedding!
    Thank you!