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Crepe-Paper Magnolia Flowers

Enjoy the beauty of magnolia flowers year-round with this how-to from crafter Morgan Levine

Materials

  • Crepe paper magnolia template
  • Cream or yellow crepe paper
  • Dark pink florist (180-gram) crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • Fringe scissors (optional)
  • 18-gauge floral wire
  • Brown floral tape
  • Bleach
  • Glue stick
  • Stapler
  • Bare magnolia branch

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print crepe paper magnolia template. 
(Tip: To allow crepe paper to stretch, trace shapes along grain as marked by the arrows on the template.)

  2. Step 2

    Cut stamen shape out of cream or yellow crepe paper. Fringe one long edge (marked on template) with scissors or fringe scissors. Starting with the wider short edge, wrap around a 1 1/2-inch piece of 18-gauge floral wire; secure with brown floral tape. Gently twist top of stamen into a point.

  3. Step 3

    Mix 3/4 cups water with 1/4 cup bleach in a glass container.

  4. Step 4

    Cut twelve 2-by 5-inch rectangles out of dark pink crepe paper. One at a time, fold petal in half lengthwise, and with fold facing up, dip top half of petal into bleach solution. Count to 10, and remove; place on paper towels to dry.

  5. Step 5

    Glue 3 dry bleached rectangles to a strip of white crepe paper with a glue stick; let dry. Repeat to make 4 strips. Fold each strip into an accordion so that each bleached rectangle is on top of the next.

  6. Step 6

    Place petal template on top of folded strip, staple in place and cut out. Repeat for other 3 strips.

  7. Step 7

    One by one, use thumb and forefinger to curve top of each petal inward. Halfway down petal, curve crepe paper outward.

  8. Step 8

    Place four petals around base of stamen and secure with floral tape. Place the remaining 6 petals around base of stamen and secure with floral tape, edges curved away from center.

  9. Step 9

    Cut 3 to 5 bud petals from unbleached pink paper to make buds. Secure to a small piece of wire with floral tape as you did with the bloom petals.

  10. Step 10

    Use floral tape to wire blooms and buds to a bare magnolia branch.

Reviews (7)

  • 19 Jun, 2012

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  • 11 Apr, 2012

    Been working on this for some time as in order to get enough flowers to do a few branches takes some time. The paper is amazing to work with however and looking beautiful. The waste for me was too much so I made each square with one large petal and one small petal, I still have waste but not as much. I thought I could make smaller versions of the flowers to go on the ranches making them go further. Also the amount of glue stick useage is a lot but the large sticks work much better. Good luck

  • 27 Mar, 2012

    Are you sure about the color. The Cyclamen looks really purple on the website.

  • 23 Mar, 2012

    What gram of crepe paper is the white for the petals and yellow for the stamen

  • 22 Mar, 2012

    It would really be nice if you could print these instructions.

  • 22 Mar, 2012

    Hi crafty5 - the dark pink crepe paper is called “Cyclamen.”

  • 22 Mar, 2012

    what is the dark pink called exactly on castle in the sir website?