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 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!
- Pinking Shears (optional)
- Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
- Wire Cutters
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Crepe Paper [Double Sided in all colors, Extra Fine: Black]
- 18 Gauge Floral Wire
- 3/4″ Foam Balls
- Floral Tape
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. Create a hole in the foam ball and insert the wire into the ball, gluing to secure.
- Cover the foam 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.
- Wrape 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!
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