I have been teaching the art of paper flower making for a long time now, and my crepe paper gardenia is perfect for those who have already had a little experience in making paper blooms. In the video below I will show you how to curl the edges of the paper to create the delicate ruffles that give this paper gardenia a surprisingly realistic look. I will also teach you how to make those sweet little buds and that fresh looking greenery to go alongside. Make one blooming gardenia flower as a gift topper or create an entire paper bouquet with pretty buds and green leaves. Whatever you choose to make here, this gardenia project is perfect for those who are looking to take on a paper flower that is slightly more advanced.
Tools & Materials
- Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
- Crepe Paper [Double Sided: White & Vanilla, Ferns & Moss/Green Tea & Cypress]
- 3/4″ foam balls – 1 per flower/bud
- 20 Gauge Floral Wire
- Floral Tape
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Print the PDF template below and cut your crepe pieces according to the template.
- Fold the tip of the floral wire over, pop some glue on the top and push it into the center of a 3/4″ foam ball.
- Gently stretch the six smaller petals using your thumbs to create a cup shape in each.
- Wrap one petal into a cone shape, glue and insert the foam ball into in. Stretch the remainder of the petal around the foam ball and glue around the base of the ball to secure.
- Overlap the remaining 5 petals at the edges to form a cup and glue to secure together. Each petal should tuck inside the next to create a spiral. Slide this cup of petals up from the bottom end of the floral wire so that it sits neatly with the foam ball center inside.
- Take the visible edge of each petal and gently stretch it out with your fingers.
- Stretch the edges of the remaining 12 larger petals using the edge of your scissors. Follow along the direction of the grain for best results!
- Glue 6 petals in a circle, overlapping as you go. Make sure you rotate in the same direction the whole way around. Snip a line through the tip of the final petal and glue half on top and half on the bottom to continue the spiral evenly.
- Slide this set of petals into the floral wire and glue the center down to secure. You can snip a little hole to start if it is too stiff to poke through.
- Repeat steps 8-10 for the remaining 6 petals.
- Use your scissors to cut a deep zig-zag into the green sepal piece and wrap it around the base of the gardenia.
- Wrap the base of the flower and floral wire with floral tape.
- Once you have completed your first crepe paper gardenia, you can continue watching the video below to create buds and leaves to complement this pretty bloom.
Watch the video below for a visual guide!
Our double sided crepe paper is wonderful for this particular paper flower. It’s a little more stiff than our single sided extra fine paper, which means that it is easier to manipulate with your fingers or a pair of scissors. Crepe paper is unlike any other paper material, and because of this there are specific ways that it should be handled. If you are new to crafting with crepe we always recommend watching our Crepe 101 video for tips on cutting and stretching the paper. It’s a good idea to cut a few extra petals and practice the curling and stretching technique a few times before you commit to the real ones. Thankfully nature is not perfect and so we encourage you to embrace the imperfection in your crepe paper flowers!
Browse all of our crepe paper flower tutorials, or look through our crepe paper collection to find more inspiration. Do you have a crepe paper flower you would like to make? Always feel free to leave your project requests and suggestions in the comments below! And we love seeing your project photos, so please share them with us on Instagram using #DIYDreamingWithLia. If you want to try out more DIY projects after you finish checking out these gardenias, read through our membership options to see how to start crafting with us. See you soon! ~ Lia & Team