Parrot tulips are known for their ruffled petals with brilliant splashes of color. They are a relatively large flower, which we love for a show-stopping crafting project. Once you make a bouquet of crepe paper parrot tulips, you’ll see why we are swooning over the whimsical and inviting blooms so much! We went with a deep purple color palette for our tulips, but there are also plenty of lighter color options for incorporating these beauties into your home.
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Wire Cutter
- Crepe Paper [Extra Fine: Aubergine, Sangria, Black, Cypress]
- White and Green Floral Tape
- 18 and 20 Gauge Floral Wire
- 24 Gauge White Cloth Wrapped Floral Wire
- Oil Pastels [Sennelier in red and yellow]
- White Craft Glue
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- 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.
- Cut crepe pieces according to the template. The curves of the petal template don’t need to be followed exactly.
- Using white glue, attach a 22″ piece of the 18 gauge floral wire to the straight edge of the leaf.
- Glue the halves together by overlapping the two edges, with the wire sandwiched between. The grain will run in opposite directions.
- Stretch edges of leaf and bend stem to create an organic shape.
- Dot glue on the edge of the petal and set a 6.5″ piece of 20 gauge floral wire on top.
- Glue the second petal half on top.
- Repeat to create six petals.
- Use red oil pastel to create red petal centers.
- 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.
- Twist each stamen, apply a dot of glue at the top, and fold over the top about 3/8″ to create anther.
- To create pistil, cut three 5″ pieces of white floral wire and fold in half.
- Wrap a bit of white floral tape around the ends.
- Fold the ends out and tape and three pieces together.
- Attach the stamens and pistil to a 20″ piece of 18 gauge wire.
- Color the ends of the pistil using yellow oil pastel.
- Attach three petals with floral tape.
- Attach three more petals staggered between the first set. Wrap floral wire around the petal bases and continue wrapping tape down the stem.
- Arrange the petals so that they are evenly spaced and bend the petal wire as needed to create and overall cupped shape.
Follow the photo tutorial below for a visual guide to creating these crepe paper parrot tulips!
When you download the PDF template below, you will find that there are two petal sizes for our paper parrot tulips. Making a partially closed tulip with the smaller petals is optional, but it does give the bouquet a more realistic look. Plus, using the two shades of purple with a mix of Aubergine and Sangria crepe colors creates even more variety and depth. These paper tulip blooms are actually slightly larger than real parrot tulips to make them more dramatic and artful. If you are new to crafting with crepe paper, we always recommend watching our Crepe 101 video to learn techniques for cutting and stretching the material.
You should also note that using the oil pastels to use color detailing can get a bit messy. If you want to avoid getting the pastel all over your fingers as you blend the color, try using a cotton swab to blend.
More Floral Inspiration
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