Crepe Paper Flower Tutorial

Pretty Posies ~ Crepe Paper Flowers
Step-by-Step Crafting Instructions

Supplies Needed:
Scissors, white glue, ruler
crepe paper, sheets or streamers,
chenille stems, Dresden trim embellishments

1) The posies are made with just two materials:
  a chenille stem or pipe cleaner and a strip of 2"
wide crepe paper. For these instructions, we
show a 6" long strip of single-ply crepe paper,
but you can use any length from 4" to 8" long.
These instructions show how to make a medium-fullness posy blossom using a strip of crepe
paper that measures 2" wide by 6" long. To create posy bouquets with a more naturalistic
look, we used 2" wide strips of single-ply crepe paper in three lengths: 4", 6" and 8" long.
And to make flowers of different heights, just vary the cut lengths of the chenille stems.
                                              2)  Cut a chenille stem (narrow style, 1/8" wide
                                              stems are best) into 6" long pieces. Bend a hook
                                              at one end that is from 3/4" to 1" high.
                                              3)  Make strips of crepe paper that are 2" wide.
                                             When cutting the strips, it is very important that
                                              the grain of the crepe runs horizontally along the
                                             width. Crepe strips can be from 4" to 8" long.
                                             4)  Gather the crepe paper strip in to a "bow tie"
                                             shape. Starting at one end, gather the crepe
                                             paper into accordian-style folds, pinching in at
                                             the center to create the "bow tie."
                                             5)  Position the gathered crepe paper "bow tie"
                                            so that it nestles tightly up into the hook of the
                                            chenille stem.
                                            6)  Twist the end of the chenille stem hook firmly
                                            around the flower stem so that the crepe paper
                                            "bow tie" is held securely in place. Do make sure
                                            that the end of the hook lies flat and doesn't stick
                                            out from the stem, and that the entire length of
                                            the flower stem is nice and straight.
                                            7)  Fan open each side of the "bow tie" so that
                                            the sides of each half meet; this will create the
                                            circle shape of the flower. Position the folds so
                                            that they lay in evenly-spaced "petals."
                                            8)  Glue the side edges of the flower together,
                                            with the edges of both halves facing down.
                                            This ensures that the top face of the posy will
                                            have a polished appearance. Trim the edges of
                                            the crepe posy so that it makes a neat circle.
                                             9)  Adding a ruffled edge to the flower is easy:
                                             grasp a small section (about 1/4" or so) of the
                                             outer posy edge between your thumb and index
                                             finger, and give the crepe paper a nearly 180°
                                             twist. The more completely "round" the twist is,
                                             the frillier the ruffled edge will be.
                                            10)  Twist ruffles all the way around the outer
                                            edge of the flower. Do note that you can always
                                            go back and re-twist sections of the edge if they
                                            aren't ruffled enough to create a posy that has
                                            an evenly circular shape. And while the ruffling
                                            does add a frilly charm to the flower, the posies
                                            can also be enjoyed without this extra step!
                                           11)  Add a decorative center to the flower with
                                            a Dresden trim or flower stamens. For the posy
                                            shown above, simply glue a die-cut silver
                                            Dresden star into the center of the flower.
                                            12)  The posy can be further finished with the
                                            addition of a crepe paper-covered stem. For the
                                            stem covering, you can use either two-ply crepe
                                            paper or single-ply that is folded in half. Trim the
                                            crepe paper strip so that it is no more than 1/2"
                                            wide. Starting at the top, glue down one end of
                                            the strip, then spin it diagonally down the length
                                            of the stem, pulling the crepe tightly to make a
                                            smooth, even surface, adding glue as needed.
Pretty Posies ~ Crepe Paper Flowers
Design Tips and Inspiration from our Artists
To create your own individualized posies, try using any color of crepe paper, or even printed crepe
streamers to make whimsical blossoms. The posies look best
when finished with the addition of decorative centers. The quickest and easiest way to add this focal
point is by using Dresden trim stars and buttons. For the fancier Dresden "stamen" centers, we layered
graduated pieces in contrasting colors to achieve a fancier effect. If you want to create more realistic
looking posies, you can glue on wired-together bundles of millinery flower stamen. And to add leaves
to the flowers, we used our double-sided crepe paper because of its thicker, sturdier weight. Fold
the crepe paper in half (with the grain running lengthwise), then cut out any leaf shape you desire.
Our easy-to-make flowers can be customize to suit any holiday or special occasion with just
a few extra touches. These pretty posies can be enjoyed as a single stem, gathered into dainty
nosegays or elaborate bouquets, and can also be worn as jaunty boutonnières by gentlemen!
My favorite place to get Dresden stars and other yummy items, like vintage trims and tinsel, is from the Blumchen Crafts Company.  You can also find lots of great, easy holiday ideas there as well!

Go be creative!

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