Crepe Paper Magnolia BranchBranching Out for Spring

Magnolias start budding in late March and early April, just in time for the first days of spring. Because Easter is the ultimate spring holiday, our maker Jessica came up with this gorgeous magnolia branch design to incorporate into our botanical Easter brunch setting. Of course, a crepe paper magnolia branch is perfect for any spring or summer decor! We have a lot of magnolia branches growing around Portland, and the pretty white blooms with soft pink buds always seem to brighten up the day. Just when we thought we couldn’t make it through any more winter months, spring comes along to show us how much there is to look forward to! 

Tools

  • Scissors 
  • Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters

Materials

  • Crepe Paper [Extra Fine: White, Cypress, Coral]
  • 22 Gauge Floral Wire
  • 3/4″ Foam Balls
  • Art Markers (dark brown, light pink)
  • Brown Floral Tape
  • Branch

Steps

  1. Gather the tools and materials listed above.
  2. Print the PDF template at the bottom of the post and cut your crepe pieces according to the template. The number of blooms, buds and leaves will vary depending on the size of the branch you are crafting. We created 30 blooms and buds for two branches. 
  3. Using marker, color sepals and petals by gently brushing in the direction of the grain. 
  4. Stick floral wire into the foam ball and glue. Create three types of centers: green, coral, and coral with fringe. 
  5. Gently stretch the centers of the petals. For larger petals, stretch at both the top and bottom of the petal. 
  6. To make a larger, opening bloom, glue 8 overlapping petals around the ball with fringe. 
  7. For a partially open bloom, glue 4 overlapping petals around the coral center ball. 
  8. Glue 4 small sepals to the blooms. Wrap with brown floral tape, continue about 2-3 inches down the stem.
  9. For closed buds, glue 4 of the larger sepals around the green center ball.
  10. Wrap the stem with floral tape.
  11. Attach some closed buds to open blooms.
  12. Stretch the centers of the large and small leaves.
  13. Wrap the wire stems around the branch, covering connections with floral tape. 
  14. Glue leaves onto the branch and around the flower stems. Leaves can be used to conceal the places where stems attach to the branch. 

Follow the photo tutorial below for a visual guide to crafting a crepe paper magnolia branch! 

Tips

Because we are blessed with tons of different trees and natural surroundings in Portland, we were able to find a real branch that we could use as the base of this project. You should also be able to find a nice branch at your local craft store, or you can form your own using paper covered floral wire. Whenever we are adding marker detailing to our crepe flowers, we like using either Copic brand or Winsor & Newton. If you are a newbie to crafting with crepe, we always recommend watching our Crepe Paper 101 video for tips on cutting and stretching the material. You can find all of our crepe materials in shop this project below! 

Explore More! 

For another gorgeous blooming branch project, follow our tutorial to make a crepe orange blossom. For anyone just venturing into paper flowering making, our favorite flower for beginners is the crepe anemone, which includes a full video tutorial. Browse all of our crepe paper flowers on the site, then head to the membership page to start downloading. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily doses of DIY in your newsfeed, or subscribe to our newsletter for inspiration delivered right to your inbox. And stay tuned for plenty more Easter projects to come! Enjoy ~ Lia & Team