Crepe paper flowers are super simple to make and make great home decor. They last for forever and look like the real thing making these the perfect budget friendly decor project for spring!
Crepe Paper flowers vs. Real Flowers
Every spring it never fails I log on to Instagram and see the most beautiful bouquets of spring flowers popping up on my feed.
I love seeing all the fresh blooms in everyones homes but every year its inevitable that I feel a little left out.
We live in Northern Alberta Canada and unlike most of the world thats in full spring bloom by March, we are still in the throes of winter.
This means that although I can enjoy the beautiful spring bouquets on Instagram, unless I want to spend an arm and a leg at a florist shop, I won’t be able to put any on my dining table for a couple more months!
Insert crepe paper flowers!
Crepe paper flowers are a really easy DIY project and they make the most beautiful, realistic flowers! I personally think they look even better than a silk flower.
They are a great option for a floral bouquet for the home, especially for those of us who can’t get fresh flowers easily or don’t want to spend the money on them.
How to make crepe paper flowers
Last year on summer holidays I came across the cutest DIY kit for making crepe paper flowers at Chapters. I didn’t end up buying the kit but after a couple weeks I couldn’t stop thinking about those little black and white anemones so I hopped on Amazon and bought it!
Not only do I love a beautiful floral bouquet, I also use flowers and plants a lot in styling photos both for the blog and our woodworking business Revival Goods.
I was intrigued by the realistic nature of the flowers on the package and knew if I could make them look like that they would be a great prop that would last for a loooong time.
Crepe paper flower kit
The kit I grabbed was by Lia Griffith and it can be purchased here. Here is a video of how easy it is to assemble to flowers with her kit.
My one critique of this kit is that it doesn’t come with any tools that are suggested. However the essential that you must have are regular things around the house like scissors, and a glue gun. We didn’t have any of the extra tools and our flowers turned out great!
She also sells other beautiful crepe paper flower kits like this stunning set of Ranunculus
How to make your own crepe paper flowers supplies
If you don’t want to go the route of making your flowers from a kit you can also easily make them without one.
To make your own crepe paper flowers without a kit you will need
- 16 gauge green wire
- floral tape
- glue gun
- mini styrofoam balls
- crepe paper in whatever colors you would like as well as green for your leaves
- black marker
To Make the flowers
First you can either make yourself flower petal templates out of card stock or just free hand your petal shapes by directly cutting them out of the crepe paper.
You want to make sure that your petal is vertical with the vertical grain of the crepe paper. This is so you can stretch and curve the petals for a more realistic shape later on.
Cut out all your petal shapes. For the anemones each flower has 9 petals. 3 small, 3 medium and 3 larger. Depending on what type of flower you are creating your petal amount will vary. You can also study a photo of the flower you want to make to see how many petals and what shapes to make them.
Next cut out a circle for the centre of your flower and your leaves.
After all your shapes are cut out, take your 16 green wire and curve the top over and flatten it against the wire. Now gently stick your styrofoam ball on the curved portion of the wire.
Next take the centre shape and stretch it gently with your hands, wrap it around your mini styrofoam ball and glue the edge with your glue gun.
Now you are going to start wrapping your petals around your centre.
First things first take each petal and gently stretch and curl the petal with your fingers. This is what makes crepe flowers so realistic looking and is actually really fun to do.
Starting with your smallest petals and working outwards glue each petal around your flower base paying extra attention to how you place them on the centre.
You want them to be evenly dispersed around your centre and then start on the next layer and layer it in-between two of your last petals. Repeat until all your petals are glued around your flower.
Glue you leaves to the bottom of your flower and wrap your floral tape tightly around the base of your leaves and about a third of the way down your green gauge wire to finish!
Crepe Paper bouquets
Now on to the fun part. Arranging all your crepe paper flowers in a pretty vase and displaying them in your home!
I have only made the anemones so far but I plan on purchasing the Icelandic poppies and ranunculus kit and adding to my floral arrangement!