Some of you may remember our original bird of paradise from a few years ago. As always, we like to kick things up a notch, especially as we improve our flower patterns and techniques. So for this month’s Member Make workshop, Meagan has designed an all-new heavy crepe paper bird of paradise for us to craft!
To get started, gather the tools and materials you need from our list below. If you want to craft along with us, you can also cut the flower pattern ahead of time. Our Member Make workshop will be live on May 21st at 11:00am PT.
Create your own paradise
I am loving the bright, vibrant colors that Meagan used for our heavy crepe paper bird of paradise. For an extra pop of color, she also added two different shades of PanPastel to the sheathing. Along with teaching you how to make this stunning flower, we will show you how to make the tropical leaves that go with it as well.
Altogether this arrangement is a great way to enjoy some tropical decor inside your home and create a space that feels like your own personal paradise. The shapes of our heavy crepe paper bird of paradise are also simple enough to cut by hand if you do not have a cutting machine. Plus there aren’t very many pieces needed for this flower.
If you have not joined us for Member Make before, be sure to read our instructions below on how to participate!
Skill level: Intermediate
Crafting tips: You can change up the color of the stamen if you want something other than teal or coral. For example, you could use purple or a brighter pink. Also, we would not recommend using hot glue for this flower except where indicated for one piece because you would see where the glue was used for some seams.
How to Join Our Member Make Challenge
- Become a member and — if you want to meet other flower makers and get more crafting tips — join our Facebook page for members (the link to join will be in your welcome email).
- Gather the craft tools and materials you need from our list below. Then download the crepe paper flower template or SVG file at the end of this post.
- Join our YouTube Live on May 21st at 11:00 a.m. PT to learn how to make this heavy crepe paper bird of paradise. We will share the link to join on the Facebook page for members and send it to members who are on our email list. It will also be available for playback here once the live workshop is over.
- Don’t forget to get creative with it! You can always use a different color of crepe paper for your flowers and leaves or try different coloring techniques.
- If you need some guidance, reach out to us and others in our crafting community. You can also post progress pictures or ask questions on our Facebook page for members. Make sure to use the hashtag #MemberMake on Instagram and Facebook so your project is easy to find.
- Lastly, share your final version of your heavy crepe paper bird of paradise! You can post your pictures on our Facebook page for members or on your Instagram page with the hashtag #MemberMake.
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- Craft Scissors
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (optional)
- High-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Curling Tool
- Lia Griffith Heavy Crepe Paper – Juniper, Teal, Mango, and Coral
- Lia Griffith Double-Sided Crepe Paper — Ferns & Moss
- Floral Tape — Fern & Moss
- Thick Paper-Covered Stem Wire
- 18-Gauge Green Paper-Covered Wire
- 24-Gauge White Paper-Covered Wire
- Tacky Glue
- PanPastel Lia Griffith Designer Set — Magenta (430.5)
- PanPastel — Phthalo Green Tint (620.8)
- Toilet Paper
Want more projects like this one? Browse all of our crepe paper flowers for more ideas. Or see our previous Member Make workshops.
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
dear Lia, I really love doing crafts for some years as an amateur and worked with eva rubber, I had never worked with crepe paper but since I saw your work I fell in love with all your designs, you have blessed hands and I thank you for sharing your skills with all the people who love to do crafts, I really hope to take advantage of everything you teach us, each work is a work of art and I congratulate your work with all my heart.
Thank you, Mary, that was such a sweet note. I do have to say that I have a lovely team of makers who help design all of our lovely projects. Be sure to join us for the Member Make classes and check out everything we have over in the Craft Academy. 🙂
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For over 10 years my mum has had a bird of paradise plant and last year it flowered for the first time, in Scotland. I’ve made this with the petals in the different stages of opening and the colours of my mum’s flower. She was so pleased. They’re in a vase with yellow gladiolus and a crocosmia I made using your crocus template in decreasing sizes, with buds and the placement from the felt freesia tutorial. It’s not perfect, but it reminds me of my Grandpa as he gave us some of his plant. He called it montbretia, it’s also called “falling stars” and “valentine flower” so maybe an idea for February? I’d love to perfect it. You’re so inventive and encourage people to be creative. Your effort and support is appreciated.
We love hearing stories like this, Karen! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Lia, I’ve really enjoyed learning and making all of those flowers,Thank You !!!!
With it being spring time do you think we could make 4 oclocks or snap dragons?
I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it! We’ll add these flowers to the suggestion list 🙂
Truly loved and enjoyed this class. In the video it was mentioned that there would be a pictorial, step-by-step tutorial. When will this be posted?
Again, Thanks for the great classes.
CyndiU, ABQ NM
So glad you enjoyed it! We will have the photo tutorial up as early as we can this week. Meagan needs a little time to remake it and photograph step-by-step photos 🙂
Hi Lia, I think the SVG cut file for the sheath is set up with the grain in the wrong direction. As I’m making it I had to go back and look at the PDF version which has the grain direction going the length of the sheath and the SVG has the grain going up and down. Just FYI. Thanks girls for all you do!
Hi Terry! I just double-checked the PDF and SVG file and see the grain lines on the sheathing are running horizontal on both, so it has been updated. You can still use the version you have but please download it again to be sure you have the final!
I was in class today and stopped taking notes when you said there would be photo, text directions following class to download. I am wondering when and where do I find that? Loved the class!! Thanks!
Hi Jean! Meagan will need a little time to remake the flower and photograph step-by-step instructions, but it will be available early next week 🙂
Will be trying to take part in live ! Hope I will not be too tired to be able to follow up but very excited to have my first member make !!! Yeah !
See you soon!! 🙂
Cant wait to give this a try!!!!
It’s a good one!!
Thank you for the color suggestion. I do plan on ordering more 18 gauge how ever it will be here in time. I did get a crepe paper delivery today. To my surprise on 2 of my packages of extra fine crepe paper color Aubergine, there was your signature. What a pleasant surprise. Thank you for putting a smile on my face. That doesn’t happen a lot.
Oh I’m so glad we could bring a little joy to your day! 🙂
I do not have Teal color, is there another color you suggest. Also I am out of 18 gauge wire due to the master class. Any suggestions there?
Thank you in advance
You can leave out the teal and just make our version with coral. Or use red or darker orange– whatever variety you feel like making! As for wire, if you’re not planning on ordering more 18-gauge you could try using 2 thinner wires together?
Incredible! I’m so happy for this! Thank you Lia!
I’m so glad you like it 🙂 We can’t wait to make it this week!
I am excited for this tropical project! Getting ready to cut out the crepe ahead of time. The materials list calls for Heavy mango, coral, juniper and teal along with the DS fern/moss. When I printed the PDF template it is not showing the coral for any of the pieces. Maybe the petals are x4 mango and x4 coral?
Hi Sandra, thanks for catching this! The Coral can be used for the stamen (or Teal, or both!) If you look at the photos you’ll see a couple flowers with teal, and one with coral.
Love it. Changing the teal to purple to match the real Bird Of Paradise photo I have from my brother’s garden. The teal is beautiful however. It really doesn’t matter what colors we use as long as we like them. Creative license!! I’m changing mine as I’m giving my brother the crepe paper flower. I think he’ll love it.
Yes, please make it YOURS! Love this.
Oh this is so beautiful Lia. You are blessed with talent. Thank you
Thank you for your kind words! This was designed by Meagan, isn’t it gorgeous?!
Heads UP! Your May Collections places the Member Make date at May 14. The project posting date is May 21st. I’m confused, but I want to make the Bird of Paradise! Thanks for all you do!
My mistake. We changed it to the 21st, and it has been updated. Thanks!