For this post, I’ll be creating a large crepe paper flower – one you can hand on your wall. I’ve made a bunch of these and they all look a little different.
This is a simple flower to make but there’s a lot of petals to cut. I create my own templates just before I make the flower and adjust them as needed. Crepe paper flowers are so forgiving that I don’t often make any adjustments.
There’s a video at the end of this post with detailed instructions.
- Crepe Paper (I’m using 180gram Italian)
- Foam Core / Foam Board
- Hot Glue
The first thing we need is a base. Something to support our petals and allow the flower to hand on the wall. For this I use foam core. If you have some heavy weight cardstock, you could triple it up and use that. You just need to make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold your flower.
Cut a circle out in your foam core. The diameter is 20.5cm or 8″. The size of the circle will contribute to the size of your flower. The other contribution to the size of your flower is the size of your petals.
Once I have my circle, I cover it in green crepe. You could use any color your like or leave it uncovered. It’s up to you, as once the flower is mounted on the wall, you shouldn’t be able to see the base. NOTE: Under the crepe, I hot glue string in order to be able to hand my flower. You can also use Command hanging strips.
It’s time to create my petal-template, and as you’ll see on the video at the end of the post, I just winged it.
- Large 12.8 cm / 5 inch X 2.5 cm or 1 inch
- Medium 10.8 cm or 4.2 inch X 2.2 cm or 0.8 inch
- Small 9 cm or 3.5 inch X 1.8 cm or 0.7 inch
- X-Small 7 cm or 2.7 inch X 1.5 cm or 0.6 inch
I’ve added a template for the petals, if you’re interested, or you can make your own.
Once I had my petal-templates ready, I cut all my petals.
- 90 Large Petals
- 100 Medium Petals
- 40 Small Petals
- 30 X-Small Petals
- 24 X-Small Petals in a Strip
Once all my petals were cut, I shaped all my large petals and I started adding them to my base. You’ll notice I drew circles on my base – this is so when I add my petals, I can ensure I’m even with all my layers.
I added 2 rows of the large petals and kept going till my flower was complete.
Rows of each petal:
- 90 Large Petals – 2 Rows
- 100 Medium Petals – 4 Rows
- 40 Small Petals – 2 Rows
- 30 X-Small Petals – 2 Rows
- 24 X-Small Petals in a Strip with a few added single X-Small petals (for the center of the flower)
For all the details on creating this flower, watch the video below.