The beginning of February means the beginning of crocus season. These fabulous little blossoms are real fighters when it comes to blooming. They can even pop up through the snow to provide a colorful hello to the warmer weather that’s ahead. For this reason these flowers often represent cheerfulness, as they are the first sign that spring is coming. We used a mixture of the extra fine and floristic to bring these blooms to life, and we love how adorably our crepe paper crocus bunch came together!
- Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
- Wire Cutters
- Crepe Paper [Extra Fine: White; Floristic: Pine]
- 18 Gauge Floral Wire
- Floral Tape [green and white]
- Art Markers [purple and saffron]
- Colored Pencil [white]
- Foam (optional; to create potted version)
- Dried Moss (optional; to create potted version)
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Print the PDF template to use as a guide for cutting your crepe. Use saffron colored marker to color the square for the stamens.
- Twist each fringe piece of the stamens, roll at the top and glue around your floral wire.
- Lightly brush the wide end of your purple marker onto the petals, brushing in the same direction as the grain. Use the thin end of the marker to draw lines. Gently stretch the centers of each petal to make them more cup-like.
- Glue petals at the base of the stamens, spacing the petals evenly. The colored side should go on the outside. Glue white leaves on either side of flower and wrap white floral tape around the base continuing down the stem.
- Gently stretch leaves and draw a white line down the center on either side.
- Attach two or three leaves to bottom of each flower.
- Continue these steps to create as many paper crocuses as you’d like.
- To create a potted plant, fill a vase or vessel with foam pieces.
- Stick flowers into foam, arranging the tallest flower in the center. Cover the foam with dried moss.
If you are new to crafting with crepe paper, we always recommend referencing our Crepe Paper 101 video to learn the proper techniques for cutting and stretching the material. The most important thing to remember is to cut with the grain of the crepe. After cutting the white petals, use a marker to color in some purple detailing. We used a Winsor & Newton pigment marker in Mauve. Brush the marker lightly against one side of the crepe, then use the thinner tip to create the bolder lines. You will only need to color one side of the paper because it bleeds through nicely. Crocuses have three saffron colored stamens, which we created by coloring the white crepe with a Copic marker in Honey.
After making your crepe paper crocus bouquet, you can fill it out with more leaves by attaching individual blades to short pieces of floral wire. Finish these off by wrapping green floral tape down the stem.
Run With It!
For another gorgeous winter flower, check out our paperwhites tutorial. Browse all of our crepe paper flowers, or take a look at our collection of specialty papers in the shop. We love seeing how our tutorials inspire you, so share your pretty project photos with us on Instagram using #DIYDreamingWithLia! Get in on our creative process with your project suggestions in the comments below, or head to our membership page to join our crafting community. Cheers! ~ Lia & Team