It’s been hard not to fall in love with all the paper flowers trending recently. I myself have always been a fan of making things out of paper. When I was about 5 years old, I was obsessed with animals. And since we didn’t have any pets in our home at the time, I would make little animals out of paper and strategically place them on the coffee table or places my parents would see them and maybe be convinced to bring home some pets for us. I remember one time thinking of what the largest item I could build out of paper would be, and I decided it was a human. So I probably used a whole ream of paper to make a life-sized, 3D paper doll to surprise my parents with by leaving it on their bed for them. Hopefully I didn’t scare them too much with that since it probably looked odd coming home to. Since then, I’ve always been a fan of making anything I can with my hands.

I’ve always loved working with paper and was excited to try my hand at some flowers that could be a permanent part of styling for our home. I was surprised at how affordable the materials for these roses are for how lovely they turned out. And while they are not the real thing, I love that I have a close substitute for fresh flowers when we have surprise visitors coming over to our home. I hope you all will be inspired to give these babies a try!

Step 1: Gather your supplies. You will need a few colored rolls of crépe paper, some wooden skewers, a hot glue gun (with glue sticks), and sharp scissors (for cutting several layers at the same time).

Step 2: Gather your crépe paper and fold over itself in a 2″ rectangle over and over again and cut a petal shape (or guitar pick shape) through all the layers. Do the same with a few leaf shapes on your green crépe paper.

Step 3: Use your thumbs to stretch each petal out gently except for the edges. Roll the edges inwards towards the center of each individual petal.

Steps 4-5: Wrap your skewer with your green crépe paper and glue in place. Wrap your first petal around the green skewer and glue in place. Glue your petals one over another in a row and glue to the outside of your petals. Repeat until your flower is full. Flip your flower upside down and glue a few individual petals at the bottom of your flower to make it more full.

Step 6: While your flower is still flipped upside down, use your leaves to wrap around the top of your stem and glue over the petal seams. Repeat until you have a few in place.

Steps 7-8: Use your last cut leaves to wrap around your stem and glue in place. Repeat for desired amount of leaves. Repeat steps 1-7 and make a bouquet for a friend!


Photography by Marilyn Nimz


1 Comment on DIY: Crépe Paper Roses by Marilyn

  1. Tabby
    June 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh they’re so cute! I am the worst at keeping plants alive but I think I might be okay with these…


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