A Fabulous Crepe Paper Flower Tutorial for Beginners
This is our first crepe paper flower design of 2017 and we can’t wait for its glamorous debut! We are starting with a simple flower that incorporates well into any bouquet: crepe paper cosmos. Our cosmos have 8 petals with a fringed center, so they are a great easy flower for beginners looking to venture into the world of paper flower making. Before you get started, we encourage you to check out our Crepe Paper 101 video to learn more about crafting with the material, including tips for streamlining the crafting process!
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- Lia Griffith Extra-Fine Crepe Paper – Ruby, Aubergine
- Lia Griffith Frosted Craft Paper – Conifer Pack
- 18-Gauge Green Paper Covered Wire
- Floral Tape — Fern & Moss
- Pick out your crepe paper colors, then gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Print the PDF template for the flowers and cut each piece to use as a guide for cutting your crepe.
- Create a tiny loop at the end of your floral wire with a pair of pliers, then glue the fringed center piece around the loop. The folded edge should be pointing up, and the wire loop should be covered after gluing.
- Gently stretch the centers of each petal.
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We chose a fall/winter color palette for our crepe paper cosmos, but cosmos come in lots of different colors so feel free to play around. The red is Ruby and the deep plum in the center is Aubergine. Other colors that would be great for this are Linen, Vanilla, Chiffon and Blush. You can even use Espresso if you want to make chocolate cosmos!
Add leaves to your crepe paper cosmos bouquet as you’d like. There is a PDF version of the leaves if you are cutting by hand, or an SVG to use with a cutting machine. We glued 2 leaves to each piece of floral wire, then wrapped the length with more floral tape. Mixing the crepe with the metallic paper gives the arrangement some beautiful texture, and we created some visual depth by using multiple shades of green for the leaves.
If you want to create a variety of cosmos, be sure to look at our gorgeous metallic paper cosmos tutorial. Find all of our crepe paper flowers, or pop over to our crepe paper anemones for another perfect flower for beginners. We love seeing your fabulous creations, so please share your project photos with us on Instagram using #DIYDreamingWithLia. Tag your crepe flowers with #crepepaperrevival to see how others are using their crepe, or head to our membership page to start crafting with us. Cheers! ~ Lia & Team
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I see that there is an SVG for the leaf, but not for the flowers. Can we please get an SVG for the flower? Thank you!
Yes, some of our older projects came out before the Maker and do not have SVG files. We’re updating them as requests come in– so this one now has an SVG for the flowers available to download 🙂
Bonjour Lia j’ai fais,les cosmos ils sont splendides mais au lieu de faire de coeur de la fleur d’une couleur opposée j’ai fais le centre avec les étamines jaune avec extrémité au pastel gras marron cela est du plus bel effet ( plus réaliste ) merci pour toutes ces belles compositions vous avez des mains en Or bisou d’ une Française qui adore votre site A+
Thank you, Lia.
Loved your crafts & thank you for the templates. My family is so thrilled I am cheering others with your beautiful flowers .
You are so brilliant. God bless you.
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These flowers are gorgeous & the heart shaped wreath using this same type of flower looks simple enough for even this “old beginner” to give it try! 🙂 I also forwarded the “Cosmos Flower Heart Wreath” email with the link to this page to my daughter-in-law who is having a ball decorating her & my son’s first home with the different seasonal looks. I also sent it to my daughter & other friends as well. They are all extremely busy – my daughter especially, who is doing her pediatric residency & just completed a 28-hour shift this morning in the pediatric ICU coronary care unit – and my friends are busy with caring for sick elderly parents & building 2nd homes in a different state. BUT – they can ALL still very much appreciate the beauty in the flowers you created!! Thanks for another lovely project!!
Thank you for your comment Diane, I really do hope our crafts are easy enough for beginners and those with busy schedules 🙂
So pretty! Can’t wait to try these 🙂