crepe paper parrot tulip

How To Make a Paper Tulip – Parrot Variety

To compliment our Crepe Paper Parrot Tulip post, we’ve created this video tutorial to help make the project just that much more simple for you to make. Parrot tulips are known for their unique ruffled petals and vibrant color splashes. We went with a deep purple color scheme, but feel free to play around with other fun colors to give your crepe paper parrot tulips a more personal touch. For the full post, including tips and sources, click here

Tools & Materials

  • Template
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutter
  • Crepe Paper 
  • Floral Tape
  • 18 and 20 Gauge Floral Wire
  • 24 Gauge Cloth Wrapped Floral Wire
  • Oil Pastels
  • Craft Glue


  1. Gather the tools and materials listed above.
  2. Use a rotary cutter to cut 2.5″ strips of either Aubergine or Sangria crepe. Cut the strips at a diagonal so that the grain runs at about a 45 degree angle. 
  3. Cut crepe pieces according to the template. The curves of the petal template don’t need to be followed exactly.
  4. Using white glue, attach a 22″ piece of the 18 gauge floral wire to the straight edge of the leaf. 
  5. Glue the halves together by overlapping the two edges, with the wire sandwiched between. The grain will run in opposite directions.
  6. Stretch edges of leaf and bend stem to create an organic shape.
  7. Dot glue on the edge of the petal and set a 6.5″ piece of 20 gauge floral wire on top.
  8. Glue the second petal half on top.
  9. Repeat to create six petals.
  10. Use red oil pastel to create red petal centers.
  11. Flute the edges of the petals by gently stretching edges in varying directions. Stretch center at base of petal and bend the top of the petal outward. 
  12. Twist each stamen, apply a dot of glue at the top, and fold over the top about 3/8″ to create anther.
  13. To create pistil, cut three 5″ pieces of white floral wire and fold in half.
  14. Wrap a bit of white floral tape around the ends.
  15. Fold the ends out and tape and three pieces together. 
  16. Attach the stamens and pistil to a 20″ piece of 18 gauge wire.
  17. Color the ends of the pistil using yellow oil pastel. 
  18. Attach three petals with floral tape.
  19. Next, attach three more petals staggered between the first set. Wrap floral wire around the petal bases and continue wrapping tape down the stem. 
  20. Arrange the petals so that they are evenly spaced and bend the petal wire as needed to create and overall cupped shape.

More Inspiration

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