I have a lot of beloved flower favorites, but at the top of that list is the peony. There are so many varieties in colors and form that I could design another dozen version of peonies in paper quite easily. You may remember the peony I posted last fall using the watercolor design onto printer paper, or this version where I make them from simple cupcake wrappers. These are both very pretty and fun for different uses. This set of crepe peonies is my test run for a wedding this summer. We are going to include the pale cream and blush peonies into a live bouquet with garden roses to give the English garden feel. What do you think?
Working with floral crepe is fun and quite simple. A few tips I will pass: First, there is a difference in crepe paper weights and therefore the amount of stretch it will have. For these outer peony petals, it is important that they can stretch enough to have a rounded cup shape and the floral crepe works much better than a lighter craft crepe. Second tip is to make sure you cut along the grain. On my pattern below I have included grain lines to show you the direction to place and cut. My third tip for this flower specifically, is that since the flower head is very heavy when I have applied off of the petals, it is important to use the additional support of the three leaves on their own floral wire stems. You can see the details of adding the leaves in the tutorial below. My last tip is about the floral tape. It will work best if you glue the ends of the tiny leaves surrounding your bloom base onto the wire and begin your wrap over the top of the green paper leaves. I even added just a touch of glue to keep it in place as I twisted the tape down the wire. Remember to activate the stick of the tape you must gently stretch as you wrap.
For these peonies I used the 180 gram florist crepe that you can find here at the online Crepe Paper Store. Each roll will make 2-3 of these large peony blooms and the colors I used are ivory and sweet pea for the petals and french vanilla for the center of the flowers. I used the green leaf for the leaves on the flower stems and added sage crepe leaves to fill out the bouquet. For the stems I used a simple floral wire (any gage, but thicker will be stronger) and mid green floral tape. You can find these at your craft supply store.
I am so excited about these peonies as the crepe has given me the look I was wanting to that large lush wedding style of peony. I will share the final wedding photos with you here this fall so stay tuned! ~ Lia