Who’s ready for our February Member Make? At 11 a.m. PT, I’ll be going live on YouTube to show you how to make a crepe paper coral supreme peony. You can join me there today or watch the video later on your own time. And if you only have a few minutes of free time, you can always pop in and say hi!
If you’re unfamiliar with Member Make, it’s a monthly creative challenge for creatives, crafters, and makers. It’s also a great way to connect with others in our crafting community.
I’ve gotten a lot of requests lately to craft a new peony, which is why I chose to craft a crepe paper coral supreme peony flower for this month’s Member Make. If you have the chance to attend our live workshop, please do! You can ask me questions while I craft or chat with other crafters from all over the world.
Can’t join us live? You can watch the playback anytime and as often as you want!
How to Join the Member Make Challenge
- Become a member and join our Member Make Facebook page.
- Gather the tools and materials you need for this project—listed below. Then download the peony flower template at the end of this post. There is an SVG file for those of you with a Cricut Maker and a PDF template for those of you cutting by hand.
- Watch the video to craft along with me and create your own version of this flower. Feel free to use different colors, create different sizes, make just one flower or a whole bunch, integrate them into another DIY project, and so on.
- Reach out to me and others in the community if you need some support! You can post progress pictures or ask questions on our Member Make Facebook page.
- Share your finished project with us by the end of the month to be entered in our giveaway. Make sure to post your pictures on the Member Make Facebook page or on your Instagram page with the hashtag #MemberMake. And feel free to include a little blurb about your flower-making experience!
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- Cricut Maker
- Craft Scissors
- Pinking Shears
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Curling Tool
- Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
- Lia Griffith Heavy Crepe Paper — English Garden: Pink Hibiscus, Blush, and Nectarine
- Lia Griffith Heavy Crepe Paper — Botanical Garden: Evergreen and Juniper
- Floral Tape — Fern & Moss
- Thick Paper-Covered Stem Wire
- 24-Gauge Green Paper-Covered Wire
- 8mm Beads
- PanPastel Lia Griffith Designer Set
- Art Marker – Copic Rose Salmon R02
- Mod Podge – Matte
Live Video Tutorial
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
Omg! I think I got it!
I guess I’m confused as how to duplicate just the petals enough for the flower. Example, I don’t need to duplicate stamins as many as petals.
Ok, good. When you place the template into the Design Space, there is a list of layers on the right. That is where you hide the design notes you do not want to cut. Simply hide the other layers you do not want to duplicate, then click the “make” button. This will bring you to the mat, where you can increase how many sets you would like of those pieces. Does that help?
Correction…sorry I meant the petals.😄
Sure, either one. But give me a little more detail. This is an older video so I might not remember exactly what you are referring to. 😉
Lia can you tell me how to duplicate the leaves only please?
Are you referring to duplicating them in Design Space?
Thank you so much for the video tutorial! I carefully followed all the directions, but my peony doesn’t have that signature cupped shape. Is there any way that I can fix it? What am I doing wrong, lol?
Thank you so much!
You can slide your fingers into the flower with your thumbs inside the cup and give it a bit more of a gentle stretch. If you are new to crepe paper crafting, come join us for the master class that starts in January! We go over everything you will want to know about making paper flowers. https://liagriffith.com/craft-academy/a-beginners-guide-to-crepe-paper-flowers-vol-2/
I absolutely love these! I did mine in the orange colors, and added the blush pastels, they are gorgeous. I fix my pastels with hairspray, of all things, works great. Use what ya got, lol. Loving these flowers. Thanks ladies!
Share photos! They sound gorgeous!
When I download the svg file for my maker, it doesnt show all the petal repeats….. just one petal in each size. is this a glitch?
Hi Shelly. This is not a glitch. You can multiply the petals in Design Space and cut as many of each as you like.
I am having trouble downloading the svg into my cricut maker program. It says the file is not supported?
That usually means the file has not been unzipped before uploading. On a Mac you double-click the .zip file to extract the .svg, and that’s the file that needs to be uploaded.
Do you have to join to get the template?
Yes, you can read about our membership options here: https://liagriffith.com/membership
I love the flowers but am having a hard time finding out how much to enlarge the PDF pattern or what size of paper to print on. The default size is much smaller than what is shown in the video.
Hi Belinda! You do not have to enlarge the PDF. Just make sure you are printing at 100%, on 8.5×11 paper.
I have never been so happy crafting as I have been since joining your site. I would love to see more patterns for filler flowers like baby’s breath and forget me nots. Is that possible? Thanks again for all the wonderful patterns.
Ohh we just love to hear this, thank you Marie! We’ll add your ideas to our member request list 🙂
Hi love the peonies in crepe paper I have purchased the heavy crepe paper and supplies from spotlight Sydney Australia , I just am not sure what mod podge I need to buy. Could you tell me which one I need.
Hi! We used matte Mod Podge: https://amzn.to/3pyx03s
Can we use extra fine crepe paper?
We used heavy crepe since it holds the structured petals much better, but you can certainly try it with extra fine and see what you think!
Hi Lia, love your tutorials. Have just made the peonies and have had a lot of good comments on them. I use Italian crepe paper and when I used the mod podge on the leaves the underside turned blue. Is your crepe paper colourfast?
We have never had our green crepe paper turn blue from mod podge, our paper is not colorfast and darker colors may bleed some when wet.
Thanks Lia, I have received some of your paper today and will have another try with the leaves.
Is the Heavy Crepe paper and the Double Sided Crepe paper basically the same thickness?
Heavy and double sided crepe are very different, Double sided is two pieces of extra fine fused together it is very smooth with out much stretch in comparison to heavy crepe paper which is very textured and has a lot of stretch.
Do you stretch the crepe paper before you cut with Cricut or after you cut?
For the Peony center you will cut the rectangle shape before stretching, then you will stretch the rectangle the proceed to use pinking sheers on one edge, then fringe the same edge.
In response to sticking flowers into cakes, you can buy something called a celpin from cake decorating shops. These are used to stick sugar flowers or real flowers into cakes so they don’t get contaminated. Hope this helps and apologies if someone has already answered this.😀 Gill – Oxfordshire, UK
This is a great tip, thank you!
I found my code for the book but I don’t seem to find where I can put it in to access the printable PDF’s & SVG files
The URL is in the book which will take you to the page where you can enter your code! 🙂
How many peonies could I get out of one pack?
You can get two flowers worth of petals out of one roll of crepe paper.
Ok thank you! Also I love the cake you did. How did you put the flowers on the cake? Do you stick the stem into the cake? Maybe you have a post about that but I didn’t find one.
We stuck the (unwrapped) floral wires right into the cake, BUT I will admit it’s a prop cake 🙂 For a real cake, you will want to avoid having the crepe paper touch frosting (it will likely absorb all the moisture and ruin the flower– and that slice of cake!) I’d recommend a barrier of some kind between the flower and the cake– a piece of cardstock paper, saran wrap, or real greenery.
Hi Lia I’m Stefania, I don’t speak English. In the video “Peonies” the succession of the petals is this ….?
1) Peony Petal cut 5
2)Peony Petal cut 7
3)Peony Petal cut 10
4)Peony Petal cut 5 (great)
Hi! The PDF pattern lists the exact petal counts for each size petal, so you should follow that to make sure it’s correct.
I am using my new maker to cut out peonies from heavy lia griffith crepe paper. Even if set it for more pressure, it does not cut cleanly. it will cut the full outline correctly, but some areas of the line are not cut. i am using the pink matt and rotary blade. what am i doing wrong? thank you
So sorry to hear of your troubles! We usually try the Cotton or Denim settings when cutting the heavy crepe. Have you watched my Tips & Tricks using the Maker video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91IyqbcFQzk. There are more helpful tips there.
thank you! it worked! your beautiful designs done in this amazing crepe paper truly inspires creativity.
Thank you Mary, that means so much!!
Do you have a suggested alternative for the stem if the Thick Paper-Covered Stem Wire is out of stock?
Hi Rebecca! Yes, you can make your own by wrapping an 18-gauge floral wire in floral tape a few times to get the same padded thickness. We’re going to add a video tutorial for this soon!
HI, I use this pink crepe paper on different project and the paper turn out almost white ,there is a way to preserve the original color.
thank you for your help.
Oh no! The lighter color crepe papers tend to fade easier in direct sunlight, so just make sure they’re kept out of light. We recently discovered a matte fixative spray that has a UV coating that we’re going to test (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00397STRW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).
when I click on the svg file and it goes to my downloads folder on my Mac, It is not a folder. When I double click the file in the downloads, the file opens right up. I don’t see anywhere or anything to extract or unzip. It’s not a folder when I get it. If I double click the svg file in my download folder, the files are right there on my screen, flower parts color coded and all the pieces. Your directions say I’m downloading a compressed file, but it’s not zipped when I get it. Not sure what’s wrong at my end. Thank you for any help on this.
Your computer may be set to automatically unzip folders after it downloads. You’re able to see the SVG file without any issues though?
What setting do you use to cut the heavy crepe paper out on the Cricut maker?
We use Denim or Cotton. We have a video on tips & tricks for the Maker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91IyqbcFQzk&t=2446s
Will this work on a cricut explore 2? Or do you have to have Maker?
Hi Maggie 🙂 Only the Cricut Maker will cut crepe paper.
Hi. These flowers look beautiful. I have everything ready to make some – except the pan pastels. I’ve been everywhere near me today looking for them but they aren’t available. What would be a good sub? I could use chalk pastel sticks and a dabber but I feel like the colour would smudge everywhere. I have watercolours?? Ink pads and dabbers?
I would suggest chalk pastels, and you can spray with a matte fixative to help reduce smudging!
These flowers are stunning!
Could you please tell me what brand glue gun you use.
Thank you Cate! There’s a link in the post to the low-temp glue gun we recommend.
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! I literally squealed when I saw this post. I just ordered a couple packs of the English Garden crepe paper; I can’t wait until it gets here to get started!
Yay! So glad you love it 🙂
Hello. I downloaded the SVG of this peony and it is kind of strange. It is very spread out on the preview in my uploaded files and in design space. It just doesn’t appear sized correctly. I also noticed this about the hibiscus SVG. I haven’t cut them yet but it is making it more difficult to work with the images in design space. I am not sure if it is just the way I am saving them or something with my iPad. All the other SVGs I downloaded in the last couple days are okay though. Do you have any suggestions? I am starting a huge project and I like to have everything designed before I cut. I am just trying to figure out if this is just how these two look before I spend a ton of time in design space working with them to get the correct number of petals, etc. Thank you!
Thank you for letting us know about this! Everyone once in awhile we experience a glitch in Design Space with our SVGs– the file always looks fine on our end so it’s hard to pinpoint what the problem is! Both have been fixed though, so please download again and they should be fine 🙂
I may be confused. When I launch the svg in my Cricut design space, the yellow portion shows 8.5″ x 42.5″. That doesn’t seem right. Thoughts?
There was an odd glitch with our file & Design Space– it has been fixed so please download the new file 🙂
Would it be possible Lia, for you to repeat the question that comes in as it not easy to hear what the young lady says. Great show, beautiful flower, keep up the good work. x
Hi Norma! Great feedback, thank you– we’ll keep this in mind next month and make sure Lia or Anna says the question a bit louder.
Hi, Love watching the live video, and I love the peony. I’ve just gone to download the SVG cut file and for some reason, the stamen is gigantic and not rectangular shaped. It’s like there is a bug in the SVG. thanks
Yes, we fixed the bug! Please download again 🙂 . Thanks!
excellent – thank you 🙂
Peonies are my favorite flower! I can’t wait to make them. You have knocked it out of the greenhouse!!😍
Thank you, that means a lot to us!