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!
- Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
- Wire Cutters
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Crepe Paper [Extra Fine: Vanilla, Cypress, Green Tea, Gold]
- 3/4-inch Foam Balls
- Floral Tape
- 20 Gauge Wire
Crafting your Flowers
Start this project by gathering your materials. You can find links for the papers in Shop this Project below, or you can browse in our online shop. We also have some of the extra fine crepe available in participating JoAnn Stores and Blick locations around the country! 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 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!
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