Jul 16, 2013

DIY: Crepe Paper Flowers from Party Streamers


Turn your leftover party streamers into a whimsical flower centerpiece! This project is lots of fun to make and I’m excited to teach it at my craft night with TOMS tomorrow (join me if you’re in LA)! Fresh flowers are of course always beautiful, but the perk of paper ones is they won’t wilt and you're guaranteed that your favorite flower will always be in season. Plus, you can mix 'n match with any colors you fancy.   

Create a bunch and use them as centerpieces, gift toppers or even wedding decor. I also found that mixing real leaf branches really complimented the paper flowers.



You can find tons of great paper flower tutorials online, but I gave it my own spin by using ink pads to add a distressed look to the crepe paper and by adding pearl beads to the center of the flower.
 
This project can also be completed using tissue paper, but I love the texture of crepe paper. Pick your favorite colors and follow the tutorial below to craft up your own!

  
Materials:
• Party streamers (found at party supply stores for less than $1)

• Ink pads
• 18 gauge floral wire
• Round bead
• Double-sided tape
• Tacky glue
• Scissors


Steps:  
• To create the the flower's center, cut a 2 inch square piece from one of the streamers and use it to cover the top end of the wire. Secure with double-sided tape.
• Cut another piece about 10 inches long. Roll it up and fringe the edges with scissors.
• Keeping the paper rolled up, rub the sides and edges against an ink pad.
• Wrap the fringed paper around the double-sided tape you placed on the wire to create the flower's stamen. Secure with tape.  
• Cut petals using one or two different colored streamers. I used about 20-25 petals for each flower.
• Stack the petals on top of each other and rub the edges and sides on an ink pad. 
• Attach your first petal to the double-sided tape you used for the stamen. By pleating the base of each petal before attaching, it will give your flower more dimension. Add two more petals than secure that layer with tape.
• Continue until you have reached your desired flower size.  
• Cut a few small mini-petals in another color to create the flower's calyx. Secure them to the base of the flower.
• Cut a thin piece of the streamer (about 5 inches long) and roll it around the base of the flower to give it a finished look. Secure with tape.
• Add some tacky glue to the top end of the wire and place the round bead on top.


Happy crafting! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all my new DIY projects.

 

6 comments:

  1. This is so perfect! I would love to do this with my leftover party streamers! xx. McKenna Lou
    www.lynnandlou.com

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  2. Really cute! Was looking for some other ways to make paper flowers. I tried these three techniques with tissue paper but I like the texture with the streamers: http://www.madeurban.com/news/how-to-make-paper-flowers/

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  3. Love your tissue/crepe paper flowers, especially the red poppies! I make alot of flowers for cards and other projects, so I will have to give this a try!

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  4. I love this idea, I have bad hayfever and any centrepieces with real flowers just aren't an option for me :)

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  5. Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they’ll be benefited from this site.

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