This month is National Craft Month, and it's almost Spring, so I've been having some fun making crepe paper flowers. They're super easy to make and look great in a cute vase, as a wall hanging, wired together as a flower crown, or individual flower fascinator.
Here's what you'll need to get started.
Step 1: Paper Flower Petals
For each of the flowers you want to make you'll need to cut out three sizes of petals. I used seven small petals, 10 medium, and 10 large. Feel free to cut them out a little imperfectly to give a more organic feel to your flowers, and if your scissors are nice and sharp you can layer the crepe paper and cut out a lot of them at once which will save time! Keep your scraps, because we're going to use them in the next step.
Once you've cut out all your petals gently stretch the middle of each one so it forms a slightly cupped shape.
Step 2: Flower Bud
Wad up some of your scraps around the end of a piece of your floral wire, and wrap a small square of crepe paper around all of it to form the bud of your flower. I put a little dab of MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue inside the bud to hold it all together, and it helps to bend a small hook into the end of your wire so it can't be easily pulled out.
Step 3: Building Your Flower
Place a small dab of MONO Multi XL Liquid Glue on the base of your first small petal and stick it to the base of your flower bud. Work your way around with all of the small petals, overlapping them slightly. Do the same with the medium and large flower petals until you've glued them all on. As you're making your flowers you may want to leave some of them at the small petal stage so you have a variety of sizes and 'openness' of your blooms.
Step 4: Leaves
Now it's time to add some greenery! Cut out some leaf shapes from your crepe paper and stretch them slightly like you did with the petals. I add at least two leaves to every flower I create.
Use your Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs to stick the leaves to the base of your flower. Because the leaves don't have the same level of support as the overlapping petals I find the tabs help to keep them firmly in place.
And there you have it, easy-to-make crepe paper flowers you can use for all sorts of beautiful projects! If you make some of your own tag @BrownPaperBunny on social media so I can admire them!