How to make a crepe paper flower

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How to make a crepe paper flower
Crepe paper flowers are easy to make. (crepe paper image by flashkralove from Fotolia.com)

Crepe paper flowers make a wonderful centrepiece for most tables. They are cheaper to make and will last longer than real flowers. Making crepe paper flowers is a wonderful craft for children. You can use crepe paper flowers to decorate tables, pens, folders and a plethora of other items. Once you have mastered the flower making process, there are other techniques that you can implement that will change up the look of your project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Crepe paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Green pipe cleaners

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Stack five sheets of crepe paper on a flat surface. You can use the same coloured crepe paper throughout this project, or you can layer different colours for a unique look. Work in a well-lit area so that you can see what you are doing.

  2. 2

    Measure an 8-by-8-inch square of crepe paper with your ruler and cut all the layers with your scissors. This is a great activity for children, but supervise them when they are using scissors.

  3. 3

    Make a 1/2-inch fold in the stack of crepe paper. Run your finger along the fold to create a crease. Hold the new fold tight and flip the crepe paper over. Fold the crepe paper you are holding backwards to create a second fold. This is called an accordion fold. Continue in this manner until you reach the end of the crepe paper.

  4. 4

    Fold the crepe paper in half by bringing the two short ends together. Do not make a full fold or crease. You are looking for the centre of the paper.

  5. 5

    Cut a tiny V-shape on each side of the fold.

  6. 6

    Wrap one end of a green pipe cleaner around the middle of the paper (where you made your tiny cuts) and then twist it around itself where the pipe cleaner meets the underside of the flower. This will secure the pipe cleaner stem to the crepe paper flower. The long end of the pipe cleaner should be pointing down.

  7. 7

    Pull the ends of the crepe paper up, and then begin to open the layers inside by pulling them out gently. Work with the layers, pulling and lifting them, until you are satisfied with the look of your flower.

Tips and warnings

  • For a unique look, use different sizes of crepe paper to make a single flower.
  • Add additional crepe paper to your layers to make fuller flowers.
  • Use a spray glitter on your flowers to make them sparkle.

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