Branching 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!
- Craft Scissors
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (optional)
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Lia Griffith Extra Fine Crepe Paper – Linen, Juniper, Coral
- 24-Gauge Green Paper Covered Wire
- Cotton Spun Paper Balls – 15mm or 20mm
- Art Markers – Dark Brown, Light Pink
- Floral Tape — Bark & Pine
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- 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.
- Using marker, color sepals and petals by gently brushing in the direction of the grain.
- Stick floral wire into the foam ball and glue. Create three types of centers: green, coral, and coral with fringe.
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
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!
UPDATE: Refer to Tools and Materials above for the most up-to-date information as some items in our video are no longer available.
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
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I purchased your Crepe Paper Flower paperback book and in addition to the code to download the SVG it indicates I can download a PDF by going to your site. I seemed to be missing the link where I can download the template without becoming a member. Can you assist?
Hi Julie, the private URL and code is listed on page 31 of the Crepe Paper Flowers book.
Hi, is there an SVG files for this? Or is it the same SVG file as the other Magnolia’s posted here in your site?
Just added the SVG for this!
Is the crepe paper cuttable on a machine (i.e. cricut) ? I am going to be making a TON of these for a party, along with the wysteria and dogwood. That’s a LOT of cutting. Tryin to find a way to make it go a little faster. I do have access to a couple of…..craft novices ( 11-15 yr old girls) that I can put to task.
Just looking for input.
Hi Elizabeth! Sadly, we haven’t been successful with cutting crepe on the Cricut 🙁
Which shades of the pink and brown markers did you use?
Copic RV21 and Tombow 879 🙂
When choosing a starter kit of markers which do you recommend and what shades? The Easter project is beautiful! And the magnolia branches… ???
We love Copic markers here. I’m not sure what starter set colors they have but I would just choose colors that inspire you or could work with the projects you plan to make. I’m personally drawn to natural and pastel tones, and basics (brown, black). Have fun!
Hi Lia. Absolute in love with the beautiful flowers!!!! Do you know if your paper is avaiable in South Africa or do you ship to our beautiful Country!
Thank you so much! Unfortunately the paper is only available in the US, and just last week we started shipping to the UK. We hope it’s available world-wide someday!
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Do we get to keep access to the instructions for the projects after our year is over?
You won’t be able to login to My Craft Room and view and past downloaded projects, but if you have them on your computer then they’re all yours 🙂
I am wondering if you can ship to Canada yet. I emailed you a few month ago.
No 🙁 We’re hoping for a solution soon!