Crepe Paper Flower

Level: Medium

In this project Get Arty artist, Jacqui, uses layers of different coloured crepe paper to fold a giant crepe paper flower.

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What you need:

  • 6 – 7 small bulldog clips florist wire
  • Celco heavy duty scissors
  • 6 – 7 different coloured pieces of heavyweight crepe paper cut into 50x70cm sheets
  • It’s important to use heavyweight crepe paper for its stretchiness and strength.

What you do:

  1. On a flat surface spread out the first sheet of crepe paper and starting from the short end, fold the paper over and on top of itself, so it looks like an accordion. Each fold should measure about 5cm thick and should be creased along the natural lines of the crepe paper. Don’t worry if the folds aren’t perfect!
  2. Keep each bundle bound together by a small bulldog clip, or you could use a large paper clip.
  3. Repeat this with each coloured sheet.
  4. Line up your sheets in the colour order you would like, remembering that the inside colour will be the small inner petals of the flower, and the outside colour will be the larger outer petals.
  5. The outside colour does not need to be trimmed.
  6. Start with the second outside colour and trim off 2-4 cm.
  7. Then with the third outside colour trim off an additional 2-4 cm from the previous colour.
  8. Repeat this process gradually trimming down the length of each sheet in 2-4cm increments. This will give the flower its full and natural look.
  9. Using scissors cuts both ends of the sheets petal shapes, rounded or pointy shapes work best. Not all petal shapes are the same so have fun, it doesn’t need to be perfect!
  10. Move the bulldog clips so they are in the centre of each bundle.
  11. Cut along the folds of each bundle until the scissors hit the edge of the bulldog clips, do not cut into the centre of the flower.
  12. Repeat this on both sides.
  13. Take the bulldog clips off, unfold each sheet and lay them one on top of the other with the outside colour on the very bottom and the inside colour on top. Try to be precise with this, it can be tricky, but you want to centre the sheet.
  14. Then, as you did at the beginning, fold all the layers together into an accordion.
  15. Fold the big bunch in half and tie a piece of Florist wire around the middle. Give it a twist to tie it together.
  16. Fan out the flower, and starting with the inside layer carefully peel each sheet upwards. This will take some time but will give the flower it’s full and natural look.
  17. Keep adjusting, fanning out and peeling layers as the flower takes it’s shape, if there is a petal that is out of place use scissors to cut it off.