How to Make Crepe Paper Flowers

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I start out generous in my clip use and take them off as I cut along a pattern; I also move the clips around to be sure the paper flower petal is held securely on all sides the entire time I am cutting. It sometimes takes me as long or longer than the actual cutting to get my pattern and paper lined up perfectly, smooth and even and without bunches, and clipped in place.  If it didn't make such a huge difference, I wouldn't bother; none of us have enough hours in the day as it is.

- In spite of sounding like a perfectionist with all these details, I'm not, and you shouldn't be, either.  Mother Nature puts bent petals on flowers and oddball dimples in the middle of a leaf, so your "goof" should not induce panic.

- If you're new to using it, stem tape will test your resolve. You'll get better with practice, but if you've got one big DIY project and may not do it again for years, don't torture yourself. Uncoated, skinny floral wire doesn't help, so start with paper-covered floral wire stems that will grab the tape, be easier to work with, and are more realistic when it comes to stem thickness.

- Just a couple of extras will make your day.  Go ahead with an extra copy of your pattern, one extra fold of paper, and an extra set of paper flower petals cut for each project.  Being nearly finished with a paper flower and realizing you dropped one petal, scooted your chair back over it and ripped it to shreds, and will now have to start the entire prep process again before you can finish is enough to make the toughest crafter want to weep into the Mod Podge.

That feeling of victory when you know you've outsmarted your project, though, only adds to the bliss of holding up a gorgeous paper flower you made all on your own.

Have a general "how to make paper flowers" question I didn't answer above? Just use the comment section for this article and I'll do my best to help! :)

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Comments (6)

dennisbray writes: I wish there were more photos in this post. It's very detailed and that's what I like about it, but it would have been even better with some photos.
Posted: 7:23 am on September 18th
Amycannon writes: Your artwork is wonderful. I love your website and refer to the great photographs when I make my paper flowers. I've been using cardstock paper and rubbing it with an embossing tool to make it more malleable. But after reading your article, I'm inspired by your use of crepe paper. I'll be purchasing the doublette and fine crepe papers from the online store you mentioned in your article. Thanks for sharing your hints and tips. I can't wait for the upcoming video tutorial!
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Posted: 2:35 am on May 20th
thecrimsonpoppy writes: thanks, dangermouse013; I'm glad you enjoyed the helpful hints! happy flower-making to you :)

MissyLinda, every flower is different and has its own specific petals. Some people want abstract and a little quirky, others want very realistic flowers, so that makes a difference, too. I'll have a tutorial up before long that I hope you'll enjoy, but in general, I consider the patterns I've created or adapted proprietary. Thank you for the compliment of being interested in them, though! :D You'll find a lot of different flower patterns and how-to's online, especially at YouTube. I made my first paper flower from a pattern at
Posted: 7:47 pm on May 5th
MissyLinda writes: Hello, do you have a pattern for the petals you used ?
Thank you.
Posted: 1:35 pm on May 5th
dangermouse013 writes: This is a fantastic article. I never thought I could take on the paper flower, but this article makes me feel like I've already mastered it.
Posted: 9:26 pm on April 29th
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