How to Make Crepe Paper Flowerscomments (9) April 28th, 2010
You've heard it all before: crepe and tissue paper flowers are fun, easy, economical, environmentally friendly, long-lasting, more or less non-allergenic, and a dozen other fabulous features I take for granted and have failed to mention here.
If you're like me, you found online tutorials that had confusing text instructions or a video you followed super-carefully when cutting and gluing and twisting and folding ... and when it was all said and done, you had a globby, lop-sided, not-so-great-looking paper flower that wasn't realistic in the least.
The wonderful truth is that crepe paper flowers don't have to turn out that way. I was amazed to learn I absolutely LOVE to make them (so much so my goal is to make them my "day job" within the next year) because they have such potential to be fun and easy and economical and painless once you get the hang of making them. The catch, it would seem, is how much of your time and sanity is involved in "getting the hang of it"; with a little luck, this paper flower "general how-to" info will save you both!
When you make paper flowers, here's what you should know:
- All glue is not created equal when it comes to making paper flowers. Paper, especially crepe paper, is more fragile when wet, so elmer's or a very liquid craft glue is not going to serve you well. After a great deal of trial and error, I've settled on Crafter's Pick Craft Glue - The Ultimate! to make my paper flowers because it's very thick, very fast drying, and needs only the tiniest amounts to work beautifully. Since it's carried at both Michael's and Hobby Lobby, I have no problem finding it on short notice in spite of my small-town shopping limitations. Glues made specifically for paper abound, so try a few different glues in order to find what works best for you.