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Shaped Crepe Flowers

Shaped Crepe Flowers

Introduction

Flowers crafted from colorful tissue or crepe paper are graceful, inexpensive to make, and always in season. Arrange them on tables, use as boutonnieres, or create a whole bouquet.

materials

  • For tissue bubble flower: 12 (or 6 pairs) artificial stamens

  • 24-gauge cloth-covered floral wire

  • Green floral tape

  • Tissue paper

  • 1 1/2-inch Styrofoam balls

  • For crepe paper lily: Orange crepe paper

  • Three 1/8-by-4-inch strips of heavy red crepe paper

steps

  1. Attach 12 (or 6 pairs) artificial stamens to 24-gauge cloth-covered floral wire by wrapping with green floral tape. Cut five 4-by-2 1/4-inch pieces of tissue paper.

  2. For each petal, wrap tissue halfway around 1 1/2-inch Styrofoam ball; twist ends, and remove ball.

  3. Attach one end of petal to the base of stamen with floral tape. Add the other petals one at a time, taping in place.

  4. Trim pointy ends. Gently pull petals away from the center.

  5. Modify these instructions to create a flower of a different color or size, and with more or fewer petals. Cut out 5 petals from orange crepe paper (download template here).

  6. Fold the petals in half lengthwise, crease, then unfold. Gently pull each petal outward at widest point to stretch it. Make stamens: Cut 1/2-by-6-inch strip of ivory crepe paper.

  7. Twist it tightly between your fingers; knot one end. Cut three 1/8-by-4-inch strips of heavy red crepe paper, and bend each at one end.

  8. Attach all strips, with the ivory one in the center, to 18-gauge cloth-wrapped floral wire for a stem by winding floral tape around ends. Attach petals to stamens one at a time with floral tape, spacing evenly.

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