Orchids that Last a Lifetime

Orchids are one of our favorite flowers. They are actually the only real flowers that we always have in studio! We have designed 3 different metallic paper orchids, but never a crepe paper orchid. It is definitely overdue! Our newest maker Meagan designed these crepe orchid blooms using our double sided paper in deep plum. This particular flower is a Phalaenopsis orchid, which is also known as a moth orchid because the petals open up like the wingspan of a moth. After you finish crafting it, a crepe paper orchid is perfect for adding a permanent pop of color to any lifeless space. And you will never need to water it!

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  1. Gather the tools and materials listed above.
  2. Print the PDF template below and cut your crepe paper according to the pattern.
  3. Using your art sponge on the darkest side of your petals, color the outer edges with the PanPastel and blend it in.
  4. Glue your Vanilla inner petal to the darkest side of the other inner petal.

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Any art marker should work, but we specifically used Tombow markers in Royal Purple, Purple and Light Orange to add the detailing to the centers of the orchids. If you are new to crafting with crepe, find our Crepe Paper 101 video to learn our best tips and tricks for cutting and shaping the paper. We have been loving the look of PanPastel for adding a soft brush of color onto petals, like we did with the petals of our giant tulip. For this crepe paper orchid, we applied magenta pastel with an art sponge. You are welcome to skip this step, but we found that it really gave the petals a beautiful depth!

We never spray our crepe paper flowers with any sort of finishing spray, but if you would like to make sure that the pastel stays fresh permanently, you can spray it with a matte fixative like this one. Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to make a potted plant with this bloom and those pretty oversized leaves!

What Will Inspire You Next?

If the thought of handcrafting paper flowers takes you to your happy place, browse through all of our crepe paper tutorials to find your next project! Always feel free to leave a comment with your flower tutorial requests, and be sure to share your project photos with us to show off your creations! Send them in or post them on Instagram using #MadeWithLia and you may even be featured. Become a part of our growing community of creatives to start handcrafting your life with us, or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for inspiration in your news feed. Cheers! ~ Lia & Team