Let your Paper Flower Adventure Begin
If you have been thinking about making paper flowers, this is the place to start – anemones are the perfect paper flowers for beginners! Because anemones only have six petals, this tutorial introduces how to work with crepe paper in a very simple way. Crepe paper is generally a forgiving material as far as cutting goes, so you are almost guaranteed to have a gorgeous flower at the end of your project! To make this tutorial as easy as possible, we filmed a full instructional video to go along with these crepe paper anemone flowers (located below). Let’s get started!
- Lia Griffith Double-Sided Crepe Paper
- Lia Griffith Extra Fine Crepe Paper – Onyx
- 18-Gauge Green Paper Covered Wire
- 20mm Cotton Spun Paper Balls
- Floral Tape — Fern & Moss
Watch our full video tutorial below, and feel free to follow along with these written instructions for quick reference!
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Print the PDF pattern below and cut your crepe according to the pattern.
- Using pliers, create a small loop at the ends of the floral wires. Insert the wire into the cotton spun ball, gluing to secure.
- Cover the ball with the circular black crepe piece and glue into place.
- Wrap fringed crepe piece under the ball and glue into place.
- Gently stretch the centers of the petals to make them more cuplike.
- Glue the first three petals under the centers, spacing them evenly.
- Glue the final three petals, staggering between the first three petals.
- Glue three leaves at the base of the flower.
- Wrap the wire with floral tape starting at the base of the bloom.
Anemones come in almost all colors (even blue!), so you have a lot of freedom to make these flowers to match your specific home decor. We specifically used double sided extra fine crepe (links in Shop this Project below) rather than regular extra fine crepe to give the petals a bit more body. As I mention in the video, the most important thing to remember is to cut the petals and leaves with the grain of the crepe. The grain lines are indicated in the printable template, so simply line those up against the paper and trim. You will learn all the paper flower basics as you craft these crepe anemones – how to stretch the petals, how to curl the leaves, how to use floral tape and more. These are all important little tricks for making the flowers look as realistic as possible!
UPDATE: Refer to Tools and Materials above for the most up-to-date information as some items in our video are no longer available.
Find your Floral Inspiration!
I made my first paper flower in the mid-2000s and I haven’t been able to get enough of it since. Although you won’t be able to get that lovely fragrance of real blooms, making paper flowers means that you can keep them for years to come. We hope that you are feeling inspired to add more paper flower beauty into your life! Find all of our crepe paper flower projects, or browse our collection of video tutorials on our YouTube channel. For another freebie flower project using these same double sided papers, be sure to check out our crepe paper rose buds. Head to our membership page to join our crafting community, or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily doses of inspiration. Enjoy! ~ Lia & Team
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Where can I buy the crepe paper?
You can buy all of the German crepe paper in our shop! https://feltpaperscissors.com/ Most of our projects have links for all of the materials and tools in the post.
Can you use extra fine crepe paper?
The petals won’t hold the shape as well as double-sided paper, but you of course are welcome to give it a shot! We have a tutorial on how to make your own double-sided crepe paper as well: https://liagriffith.com/diy-double-sided-crepe-paper-video/
Going give these a go today
Great! Let us know how it goes 🙂
These flowers are so beautiful ! They come out great ! Thank you Lia !
Thank you!! 🙂
Any way we can get an SVG file for these? Thanks!
There’s an SVG on our new & improved anemone: https://liagriffith.com/advanced-crepe-paper-anemone/
I can not find 1/2 styro balls.. I know you use 3/4 balls, but I am making corsages and I think there to big.. I am wondering .. can I use a cotton ball? have you ever tried and do you have any other suggestions.
I know, some of these sizes are tricky to find. I’ve used felt balls before, and also made my own by crumpling/balling up a piece of text weight paper. A cotton ball may work just fine!
These are just gorgeous. I have my crepe paper from Joann’s for the anemones and just ordered card stock today make paper succulents. Can’t decide what I’ll do first.
How exciting!!! Make sure you share photos of your creations.