Making flowers out of crepe paper is a fun and inexpensive way to decorate for holidays or other special events. In Mexico, paper flowers were once used in churches and on home alters, as well as for decorating for festivals and fiestas, especially Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The tradition of paper crafts it believed to have originated in China and eventually made its way to Mexico on Spanish ships. It spread upwards into what would become the United States during the colonial period. The paper used in the colonies was usually white or cream coloured, rather than the vibrant colours used in Mexico.
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Things you need
- Multi-coloured crepe paper
- Green pipe cleaners
Lay four sheets of crepe paper on top of each other.
Cut the layers into 8-inch squares.
Fold all four sheets, starting at the bottom, in an accordion like fold. Make each fold 1 inch thick, folding forward, then backward until the entire stack is folded to a size of 1 inch tall and 6 inches wide.
Trim the corners of the stack so that they are rounded slightly, like a Popsicle stick.
Twist a pipe cleaner around the middle of the folded stack to hold it together and to form the stem of your crepe paper flower.
Pull each layer of the folded crepe paper carefully up to form the petals of the flower. Fluff them out to make them look more like a natural flower.
Tips and warnings
- Use two pipe cleaners for sturdier stems.
- Add more sheets, or different coloured sheets, to achieve different looks.
- Pull the crepe paper slowly and carefully so it does not tear.
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