We are making a brand-new flower for this month’s Member Make! The mokara orchid is a cross of three different types of orchids and looks stunning in bouquets, arrangements, and centerpieces. If you want to learn how to make this crepe paper mokara orchid, check out our tools and materials list below.
Once you’ve got all your supplies ready and downloaded our flower pattern, you can join me and Emily live on September 24th at 11:00 am PDT. As always, we will be giving out a prize during the live, so make sure and tune in if you can!
Orange you glad we made this?
You can make your crepe paper mokara orchid in an orange combo as well as the pink combo. For my flowers, I switched up the centers for the petal colors, which you can also do — or not do! The choice is yours and you can get as creative as you’d like.
If you want to make your flowers during the live workshop, make sure to read our crafting tip and instructions below. On average, mokara orchids have about 6–10 blooms per stem, which are shaped like a starfish. And again, you can play around with how many blooms you want on a stem. I chose to have five blooms and love how they look!
Skill level: Intermediate
Crafting tip: You can prep for this workshop by watching our mini course on how to make double-sided crepe paper.
How to Join Our Member Make Challenge
- Become a member and — if you want to meet other flower makers and get more crafting tips — join our Facebook page for members (the link to join will be in your welcome email).
- Gather the craft tools and materials you need from our list below. Then download the crepe paper flower template or SVG file at the end of this post.
- Join our YouTube Live on September 24th at 11:00 a.m. PT to learn how to make this crepe paper mokara orchid. We will share the link to join on the Facebook page for members and send it to members who are on our email list. It will also be available for playback here once the live workshop is over.
- Don’t forget to get creative with it! You can always use a different color of crepe paper for your flowers and leaves or try different techniques.
- If you need some guidance, reach out to us and others in our crafting community. You can also post progress pictures or ask questions on our Facebook page for members.
- Lastly, share your final version of your crepe paper mokara orchid! You can post your pictures on our Facebook page for members or on your Instagram page with the hashtag #MemberMake.
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- Craft Scissors
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Curling Tool
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (recommended)
- High-Temp Hot Glue Gun or Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Needle-Nose Tweezers
- Metal Ball Tool Set
- Lia Griffith Extra-Fine Crepe Paper: Coral, Camellia, Mango, Poppy, Fern, Cypress, and Juniper
- Fusible Web
- PanPastel Designer Set — Bright Yellow Green
- Blick Studio Brush Marker — Coral Pink
- Blick Matte Acrylic Paint — Yellow Medium
- Cotton Spun Balls – 8mm, 10mm
- Floral Wire – 24-Gauge Paper Covered White
- Floral Wire – 18-Gauge Paper Covered Green
- Mod Podge – Matte
- Art Glitter Glue
- Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Note: If using our SVG file to make these flowers, you will need to download the PDF template to cut your leaves by hand. You can see how we will be making these leaves in our mini-course on creating your own double-sided paper.
Want more flower templates and tutorials like this one? Browse all of our crepe paper flowers for more ideas. Or see our previous Member Make workshops.
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
OMG! These are so beautiful yet a simple looking flower. I will be making these for sure when my shoulder heals enough from surgery that I can use my left hand. Working hard to be patient as I was so badly to make flowers LOL.
I totally get it! Something to look forward to. 😉
Might be faster to use embossing powder with versamark to start and heat gun, then just keep re dipping into embossing poweder and heating with heat gun to build layers to the desired tip to build the centers. I have done that on projects for fast results
That is a great idea. My method was using what I had in my studio, and for those who have these materials and tools, this method might be even better.
I also save paper by rearranging the petals. Instead of turning them upside down one by one, group a row and turn them all at once.
Like Paula, I also maximize the use of paper in sag’s by removing the grouping and turning every other leaf 180 degrees. It can take a fair amount more time to do this, but it’s well it to conserve crepe paper.
Just getting around to these flowers. Can you tell me what leaves you did use for this arrangement?
I love watching your videos. I could watch them literally all day!
Thanks, Dottie! You are so sweet. I LOVED making this flower.
We did do a mini-course on how to make laminated (double-sided) crepe paper. In there I show you how to make the leaves with the wire in the center so there really is not a pattern. https://liagriffith.com/craft-academy/tips-for-diy-double-sided-crepe-paper/lessons/video-learn-how-to-laminate/
However, if you would like to make leaves without the wire, I suggest the leaf from this project: https://liagriffith.com/crepe-paper-freesia/
Have you tried re-melting cooled glue with the your gluegun’s tip? Since the silicone protection fell off mine, the hot metal can spread large blobs.
For hanging pips to dry, I planned to glue a wide plastic lid onto a narrow tub to create an overhang, then saw a plant pot on my shelf which has the perfect shape.
Your mispronounced ranunculus story reminds me of my childhood “triceratops” toad lily. I misread “tricyrtis” in a catalogue. For about 20 years we’ve got excited if the triceratops survives winter. The spotches on the little flowers are never as blue as the catalogues though.
First, these are GREAT tips!! Thanks for reminding me of the hot glue remelt idea. And second, that story made me laugh! It’s a great morning already!!
To maximize use of paper when cutting SVG’s, I often ungroup the rows of petals and invert every other row. Then, slide the petals in between the spaces of the upper row.
That is such a great idea, Paula!
logged in to find Member Make. Where is the video of the live lease?
Hi Paula! We just posted it. If we’re ever a little late in posting, you can always access it from the YouTube link we email out on Fridays!
I have a set of those modelling balls and they tell you on the back of the package the sizes of each in centimeters. Could you please tell me which end you used? Thank you.
Since I do not have those measurements on my package, it is not easy to tell. My rule of thumb for size, and there are several sizes that will work for each petal, is to have the ball slightly smaller than the petal. Hope that helps.
I’m a little confused. Are the flowers double sided as well as the leaves?
We are using the single sheets and making a DIY double-sided. You can watch the lamination video to see how to do this. https://liagriffith.com/craft-academy/tips-for-diy-double-sided-crepe-paper/
Hi – I am getting ready to make the orchids and just watched the laminating video – it was wonderful. I didn’t have stitch witchery on hand but used wonder under instead. I made the leaves (using chalk tip from one of your commenters) and they seem to be fine. So easy.
I have got all my packages of papers mixed up – I opened and pulled them out to admire them and have been trying to match colors to your tutorials. I did have some on the sample pages in the tissue tutorial lessons – you warned us to keep samples!
I also read comment asking about using regular pastels rather than pan pastels. I have been using Nupastels. I use an exacto knife to scrape off powder than a brush or cosmetic sponge to apply. I plan to get pan pastels in future, I think the nupastels are probably a crude replacement.
And lastly I made a bouquet of black eyed susans (with regular centers) for my father’s 101 birthday. They are so big and bright I think he will be able to see them!
Thanks for all of your lessons!! I really enjoy them. Your papers are so gorgeous.
These are all such great tips, Rebecca! See you on Friday!!
I was supposed to be re-enrolled in the Sept. Crepe Paper Flower Masterclass, but I have not received any email links to attend the class,( my second time.)
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Hi, Sherry! Not sure what happened there, but I just re-enrolled you. You should have access to the lessons now here: https://liagriffith.com/craft-academy/crepe-paper-master-course/.
I made the centers tonight, and that method is so good! I can see it working on the centers for lots of flowers!
It is a slow but quite lovely finish I think! I do believe I will use this method again.
Looking forward to make those beautiful flowers. Can’t wait for the 24th to arrive
I’m planning to used as my table centerpieces for my birthday celebration. Today the 14th of September is my birthday but me are going to celebrate the 1st weekend of November together with my son’s birthday I love old those beautiful color and definitely they are going to be so beautiful and perfect for my table centerpieces
Happy Birthday, Laura! (day after, or like I celebrate. . . birth week!) I am going to be using these in the next master class where I teach arranging. They are perfect for that!
So pretty! I haven’t made paper flowers for quite some time, but these are motivating me to get back at it!
We’re really excited about this one!! (I think I say that about every new flower… 😉 )
Looking forward to this member make. I’d like to find a vase similar to this one, can you tell me about how tall it is?
It’s about 5″ high! https://www.westelm.com/products/colored-pure-ceramic-vases-d1212/
Just to let you know, the webpage says 24th August Member make from the September Collection Page.
Thanks for catching that, Diana 🙂