A bouquet of flowers, while beautiful, can sometimes feel wasteful. You bring home the (often expensive) blooms, and even when you follow the instructions and carefully take care of them, they’re bound to die fairly quickly. So you might consider learning one of the many ways you can craft your own flowers to display in your room or give as a gift to a loved one. While you won’t get the same level of amazing smell, this one project will turn into a floral arrangement you can love for years to come! And it’s much cheaper than constantly replacing flowers.
You could, of course, craft a floral arrangement from silk or plastic flowers bought at a variety of home goods stores. You could also learn to make flowers out of paper mache or a number of other fabrics. But today we’re going to teach you how to craft flowers out of crepe paper, which we think creates a super elegant and feminine bouquet.
- 1¾-inch-wide (4.5-cm-wide) crepe paper streamers
- Wired silk flower stems
- Double-sided adhesive tape
- Cut 10 heart shapes from crepe paper. Make sure the tops and bottoms of the hearts are cut along the crepe paper roll edges. This is for sizing purposes.
- Press both thumbs into the center of one heart. Pull gently with your thumbs to form a rounded petal shape. Repeat with the other hearts.
- Cut a 4-inch (10-cm) piece of crepe paper. Loosely fold it in half lengthwise. Place a ½-inch (1-cm) strip of tape at one end of a wire stem. Loosely roll the crepe paper around the stem to form the flower center. Pinch the base of the paper, and add more tape strips as you roll.
- Add a strip of tape around the base of the bud. Attach a petal, covering the base of the bud and squeezing the base of the petal to create a tight petal shape. Add another petal, positioned so it slightly overlaps the bud base and first petal. Continue attaching petals, one at a time, adding more tape as needed, pinching the base, and shaping the petals with your fingers.
- Cut off a 3-inch (8-cm) section of green crepe paper. Cut two leaf shapes out. Use your thumbs to form a concave shape in these, too. Use tape to attach the leaves to the flower stem just under the petals.
Source: CraftFoxes and Paper Artist: Creations Kids Can Fold, Tear, Wear, or Share by Kara L. Laughlin
Girls, have you ever crafted your own flowers? How did they turn out? What are your favorite flowers? Tell us in the comments below!