We have made many versions of a poinsettia in the last 8 years, and the pink and white versions have always been my favorite. For this month’s Member Make workshop, we are taking things a step further and adding texture and color detail to create these watercolor crepe paper poinsettias.
To get ready for the workshop, check out our tools and materials list below. Then join our YouTube Live on November 19th at 11:00 am PT , or you can watch the video recording later.
Eat, pink, and be merry
These watercolor crepe paper poinsettias make such pretty holiday decor. If you’d like, you can also use them as gift toppers or give them away as gifts.
Although this flower is a step up from our previous poinsettias, it’s a great project for a beginner paper flower crafter. And it’s also fun for those of you who are advanced as we play with the effects of water on the crepe paper.
If you haven’t joined one of our live workshops before, make sure to read the steps below. Otherwise you can skip on down to the tools and materials list.
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 November 19th at 11:00 a.m. PT to learn how to make these watercolor crepe paper poinsettias. 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 different materials or try different 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.
- Lastly, share your final version of your watercolor crepe paper poinsettias! 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
- Detail Scissors
- Pinking Shears — Scallop
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (optional)
- High-Temp Hot Glue Gun or Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Needle-Nose Tweezers
- Lia Griffith Member Make Bundle (on sale while stocks last)
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- Lia Griffith Extra-Fine Crepe Paper – Linen, Chiffon, Fern, and Cypress
- 6mm Spun Balls
- Floral Wire – 24-Gauge Paper Covered Green
- Floral Wire – 24-Gauge Paper Covered White
- Lia Griffith Floral Tape — Fern (light green)
Additional Materials Needed
Want more flower templates and tutorials like this one? Browse all of our crepe paper flowers for more ideas. Or see our previous Member Make workshops.
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Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
Hi Lia and team! I love this poinsetta! I’d love to make a couple in ruby fine crepe for my girlfriends for the holidays. What would you recommend as a watercolor shade for the ruby petals? I have your watercolor set. Also, would you recommend still using chiffon for the tiny center flowers on the 7 spun balls? Thank you!!
Wonderful! These are fun ones to make. I would use a darker red or orange color than the ruby, maybe test a bit of paint on a scrap. You can darken or mix your colors to get a good shade.
Is there anyway to save the adjusted layout on the Maker 3. I have to redo the layouts to accommodate the 10″ crepe, and its a pain
having to redo the layout every time I cut a new set of bracts. This is always a challenge with the size of the crepe.
It looks like this template only has four sizes of petals, so it is a chore to rearrange. I am teaching a version of this flower on YouTube in a few weeks, and can create a template with all of the petals preset. I will add it here as soon as I have a moment.
I’m FINALLY working on my first “Member Make”. I joined in October after hearing Kelly Wayment post how she loved the flowers and your Master Class. Even though it’s January I had to make this beautiful flower. I’m not done yet but I just finished those tiny balls in the middle with the top piece. I’d say tedious twice:-). Your technique for putting the leaves and bracts together is great!
By the way, on the Cricut Design page you can group smaller sets of bracts and leaves together by highlighting a set then use “attach”. When you go to the cutting page moving smaller attached groups is easier to fit the size of your crepe paper and to keep the group on the correct angle.
Welcome, Donna!! Hope to see you at the live Member Make on January 20! So happy you found the “attach” tool in Design Space. It is a good one!
For the tiny flower, I had a super-miniature sunburst paper punch (dollhouse flowers) that I used to punch one sunburst for each spun paper ball. I indented the center of each sunburst slightly before gluing on top of the spun paper ball, and it has a much more delicate edge than I could have achieved with fringing or rolling. Very happy with the result!
That sounds amazing! I love your creative solution.
Hi, there is no longer an .svg file in the download. Can you refresh or whatever?
Hi Julie! I just checked the post and see the SVG file right above the PDF template. Are you still not seeing it? If not, maybe send a screenshot of what you are seeing to email@example.com so we can help you troubleshoot.
For the little flowers, I took some yellow text weight paper, cut it about 3/16 inch wide and fringed it. I then used a quilling tool to roll about an inch of the fringe and used the Turbo Tacky glue to seal it off. I used hot glue to attach it to the “berries” and it looks so real! I will post a photo on FB when I have the entire poinsettia made. This approach might help some who are struggling with the flowers (Emily?).
If you don’t have a quilling tool, it’s easy to make one by inserting an embroidery needle in the end of a small diameter dowel, then cutting the top off the needle so it’s open and paper slides in (and off) easily.
This is a great tip, Victoria!
Can you use tacky glue for the petals and leaves?
Yes, you can! My favorite has become the Glitter Glue brand but Aleene’s is my runner-up.
Hi again, I’m sorry, I meant a photo tutorial, one I can print for reference.
Hi Linda, I have not had time to do that extra step of creating a photo tutorial for this project. We are a little short-staffed right now during this busy holiday season. I hope the video is enough to help you through making this flower. It is quite simple.
Hi Lia and team
Will you be posting a video tutorial in the near future
Hi Linda! The video tutorial is in the post under where it says “additional materials needed.”
Thank you so much for this video.
I always watch it the day after because I live in Germany and in the evening there is familiy time.
Just before I was watching the video I went with the dog and I was thinking about paperflowers and how nice it would be to make a white hellebore.
And then it was, your anouncement for the next member make .
I am so looking forward to it.
Greetings from Evi 🌷
I love that! So excited to make this flower next month.
How long are the wires for the largest and middle bracts?
They are all 4-5 inches past the base of the crepe.
I cant see the video
We start at 11am pacific time.
Can I use white doublette to make these theses?
No, the double-sided crepe paper will break apart if you add the watercolor. You can use a heavy crepe paper though.
I discovered you when I was suffering from Covid crafty blues in 2019. You were a Godsend for those of us looking to explore new crafting techniques and projects. I’m looking forward to Friday. Saving the world from mass production one petal at a time. 🙂 Happy Crafting everyone!!!
I love that! You made my morning! 😉
Hi Lia and team, I am cutting out my pieces and I am wondering what colors you used for the leaves? It is hard to tell from the photos. Thank you so much! Looking forward to the class. Coleen Barnes
Hi Coleen! I mixed the leaves and made both them in both fern and cypress, but you can do whatever you like!
Hi Lia & Team: in a previous response you said that you cut the bracts out of white/linen. You also mention chiffon. Is that for the “tiny flower center”? And which green is for the leaves? Fern? What will we use the Cypress for?
Hi Donna! I cut all of the bracts in the white/linen, the tiny flowers on the balls are chiffon and I mixed the leaves and made both the fern and the cypress. My flowers have 3 of the lighter green leaves but there is not a right way to create them.
How long does it take to get the Member Make kit?
It usually takes about 3 business days max!
Hey Lia n Team, I’m looking forward to learning how to water color. Thanks You See you live.
See you then!
How many flowers can you make from the kit?
This kit will make a dozen poinsettia based on the spun ball count in the package. You could buy another pack of balls and make more.
Hi Lia, I’m excited about tomorrow’s member make and would like to precut my pieces ahead of time since I do it by hand. How many leaves of each color do I need or are the colors mixed in each leaf.
Hi Linda! The class is next week on the 19th so you have an extra week to get things ready. The number/qty on each pattern piece is enough to make one flower. I cut all the bracts from the white crepe and added watercolor, which I will show you how to do at the Member Make. Of course, you can add extra green leaves if you like. See you then!
Can I cut my paper before the class? Not sure if we are coloring the paper before it’s cut.
We are going to do the watercolor after we glue the wire between the two petals. Yes, go ahead and precut.
My other poinsettias turn out so gorgeous. I have to arrange them yet. I made 7 of them.
All classes I have been taken has been so wonderful. I have flowers all over and I do not know what to do with them all.
I suffer from extreme anxiety and depression, but making these flowers has been awesome for me. I have to thank my daughter for showing me the master class, and believe me I am hooked. You are all so wonderful.
Thank you for the sweet note, Debra. I am so happy to hear that crafting has opened a new avenue for you. Stay tuned for the master class where I will be teaching paper flower arranging. 🙂
How big are the flowers?
My final flowers were about 6-7 inches wide. You can make them smaller or larger by adjusting the pattern.
My favourite colour . Looking forward to this one
Mine too!! See you in a few weeks!
I am sooooo excited to make these! They are absolutely gorgeous.
Yay! See you at the Member Make!
I’m so excited to make these. They are gorgeous!!
And fun to make! 🙂
So beautiful.Looking forward to making them
Yay! See you at the Member Make!