A Simple Flower with Show-Stopping Elegance
We had the honor last year of working with our friends at The Knot on they’re latest (and rather splendid!) wedding book Yours Truly. Featuring real weddings, tons of inspiration and 20 DIY projects from the Lia Griffith team, this gorgeous book contains everything you need to make your wedding day truly yours! 🙂 To celebrate the launch, we are sharing one of our favorite crafts from the book – our simple crepe paper flower. This paper flower is perfect for bridal bouquets, boutonnières, centerpieces, gift toppers, flower crowns and more! Download the pattern and make this gorgeous paper flower today, then head over this way to learn more about Yours Truly.
Because crepe paper naturally resembles the texture of flower petals (especially extra fine crepe!), you can use it to not only replicate flowers in nature, but you can also create your own flower designs that will look like they belong in nature. This flower design is the perfect example of that. It is not based off of any flower in particular, it is just a big beautiful bloom that I brought to life from my imagination. My simple crepe paper flower resembles a garden rose, but has a circular center like an anemone. And that’s the beauty of making paper flowers – you can start with some basic techniques and then explore from there!
- Lia Griffith Extra-Fine Crepe Paper – Vanilla, Juniper, Fern, Gold
- 20mm Cotton Spun Paper Balls
- Floral Tape — Fern & Moss
- 18-Gauge Green Paper Covered Wire
Crafting your Flowers
Start this project by gathering your materials. You can find links for the papers above, or you can browse in our online shop. When you have your materials ready, print the PDF template below to use as a guide for cutting your crepe pieces. There are two copies of the pattern in the download, just in case you want to craft these flowers with a partner.
For the complete instructions to craft this simple crepe paper flower, watch our video tutorial below! If this is your first time crafting with crepe, we recommend first watching our Crepe Paper 101 video to learn our go-to techniques for cutting and stretching the material. With this flower, you have the freedom to make any size of bloom that you want. Make smaller blooms for corsages and boutonnieres, or keep building out the petals for a full-bodied flower. As you place the petals, position them so that they are staggered and slightly overlapping. This will give the flower more shape.
We are calling these basic wedding flowers, but of course you can use them for anything. Extra fine crepe paper is perfect for wedding projects because it is so delicate, and we love adding in metallic accents for anything wedding. You can even play around with making the centers out of Gold crepe instead of the Vanilla. Let the design inspire you!
UPDATE: Refer to the Tools & Materials list above for updated information as some items are outdated since this video was created.
Once you finish with this paper flower project, browse our entire collection of projects using our extra fine crepe paper. Jump over to our wedding section for more DIY inspiration, or head to our YouTube channel to find all of our instruction videos. Join our crafting community on our membership page, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily glimpses into the latest and greatest. Do you have requests for videos you would like to see in the future? Let us know in the comments below! We always love getting you in on the creative process. Cheers! Lia & Team
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
what size should my cut file be for this project? (what size is yours?) i will be making this for my wedding! 🙂
Hi Michelle! The cut file should be at size– the largest petal is about 2″ x 3″.
I am having the worst time finding the just 3/4″ foam balls. All Michaels carries is 1.5″, Amazon only has multipacks, and the other places that come up at the top of my google search cost twice as much to ship them than the balls themselves…. any advice?
We’ve had a hard time, too! We found ours on Amazon last year and bought a ton in bulk (sadly, they’re not available anymore). I did find these sources: http://www.smoothfoam.com/product/10006.html, https://www.etsy.com/listing/220738370/foam-craft-balls-34-30-pack?gpla=1&gao=1&utm_campaign=shopping_us_EJMEtsy_sfc_osa&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_custom1=0&utm_content=10635392&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6v_Ar5Db2AIViddkCh1hXwHOEAQYAiABEgKAu_D_BwE. As an alternative, you can use a felt ball, or make your own ball shape with scrap paper or clay!
I make the balls with tissue paper and glue.
I am a member since Oct 2 2017 and I can not load the SVG files. It keeps telling me to become a member. I was hoping to be able to work on this project this weekend. So sad. Please help.
Charlotte, please send an email to email@example.com so we can look into your account– if you’re able to send screenshots of what you’re experiencing, that will help!
Beautiful work, I look forward every day to seeing what new projects, you are coming up with. I am getting the new cricut maker and would love to make my wedding bouquet out of these roses, could you please make an SVG file for them, please.
Thank you!! The SVG file is now available 🙂
Thank you and the rest of the crew for all your hard work.
Hi. I’m really happy to be with you and I love your flowers so much. And have a small amount now. And I think you have so many lovely things and ideas that I would like to try. So be well refreshed with you. Thanks. Knuz heidi wulff.
We love to hear it!! Our members are so inspiring to us, so thank you for sharing the love 🙂
Hi, What’s the cost on material for each rose? And how many roses can I make with a single pack of Crepe Paper. I am trying to figure out how much material I need.
Hi Anna, I don’t have the information on the cost per rose. I’ve never used a whole roll of crepe paper for one type of flower to determine that information, and it all depends how many petals you choose for your flowers, but I can imagine you can get at least a dozen flowers out of a roll, if not more. Have fun!
Wow! So beautiful!!
Thank you so much 🙂
I need to try crepe. I usually prefer coffee filters for flowers but the crepe seems to add that delicate detail.