Summer is upon us and we are celebrating with some classically summer flowers! Today’s tutorial is for these gorgeous crepe paper poppies. We shared our crepe Icelandic poppy project last summer, so this year we wanted to add to the mix with an oriental poppy bouquet. Poppy petals are very delicate, so our extra fine crepe is really conducive to giving them that realistic quality. These flowers also happen to be fairly easy to make because they only have 6 petals – a perfect starting place for beginner paper flower artists!
- Pinking Shears
- Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
- Wire Cutters
- Crepe Paper [Extra Fine: Chiffon, Vanilla, Honeysuckle, Green Tea, Black]
- Green Text Weight Paper (for leaves)
- 18 Gauge Floral Wire
- 20 Gauge Floral Wire
- Floral Tape
- 1″ Foam Balls
- Art Markers
Watch our crepe paper poppies video at the bottom of the post, or follow these written instructions for reference.
- Gather the tools and materials listed above. Print the PDF pattern at the bottom of the post and cut your crepe paper according to the template.
- Create a small loop at the end of a piece of 18 gauge wire. Poke a small hole in your foam ball with the end of your scissors, put some glue in the hole and stick your wire into the ball.
- Stretch the center of the circular piece of green crepe to create a cuplike shape. Cover your foam ball with this piece and attach with glue, making the paper as smooth as possible.
- Draw a straight line down the center of the foam ball with a fine point brown marker. Draw another line to create an x. Then draw two more lines in the same way to create an asterisk shape. Keep doing this until there are 16 lines.
- With a brush tip marker, use a light taupe color to fill in the space between the lines.
- Use pinking shears to trim one edge of the fringe piece. Then use regular scissors to cut the fringe of the stamens.
- Wrap the stamen piece right under the foam ball, then glue on the second stamen piece.
- Ruffle the stamen fringe with your fingers to make it look more natural.
- Stretch the centers of the petals and ruffle edges slightly. Crumple the petals in your hand to create wrinkles.
- Glue your petals to the wire right under the black stamen piece. There are 6 petals in total for each paper poppy.
- Wrap floral tape down the wire starting at the base of the bloom.
- Curl the leaves with the edge of your scissors. Glue the stem of your leaf to a 2″ piece of 20 gauge wire.
- Place the leaf about 2 inches underneath the base of the flower, wrap with floral tape, then add another leaf a couple inches below that.
- Make one bloom or make a whole bouquet of crepe paper poppies!
I wanted to give these flowers a soft color palette for summer, but red is also a really common color for oriental poppies. Find the crepe materials in Shop this Project below, or browse our online shop for all of our colors. As I mentioned before, this is a great flower for beginners. The petals are super forgiving because you will be crunching them up anyway, so there is no need to worry about cutting the petals perfectly. The only part that is slightly more complicated is making the centers, but all you really need for this is a bit of confidence in drawing the lines 😉
After you finish the blooms, add the leaves to stems. Use the PDF template if you are cutting by hand or the SVG if you have a cutting machine. One special thing about these crepe paper poppies is that they are easier to ship than other flowers. Because the petals are already wrinkled, it is really easy to reshape them if they get a bit messed up in the shipping process.
If you are new to crepe paper crafting, find our Crepe Paper 101 video for guidance on working with the material. Browse through all of our crepe paper flowers for more tutorials to tackle next, or find our crepe anemones for something that is specifically great for beginners. Is there a flower you would like to see us design next? Let us know in the comments below and we can try to bring it to life! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily doses of DIY or take a walk on the creative side by becoming a member of our community. We can’t wait to see what inspires you! ~ Lia & Team