How to Make a Paper Flower Bouquet with Crepe Paper

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How to Make a Paper Flower Bouquet

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Katherine Lee

This beautiful paper flower bouquet is easy and fun to make, and all you need is some crepe paper, chenille stems, and your imagination. Plus, crepe paper is super-affordable, and you can create loads of gorgeous paper flower blossoms for a few dollars.

You'll love making these flowers as a spring craft for kids, Valentine craft, birthday parties, or for any occasion when you want to brighten things up with gorgeous pops of color.

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Gather your materials for your paper flower bouquet.

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  • To make your crepe paper flower bouquet, you will need the following:

  • crepe paper in a variety of vivid colors (pink, orange, yellow, violet, or whatever colors you prefer for the blossoms, plus green crepe paper for leaves)
  • scissors
  • small binder clips
  • Scotch Tape
  • wire cutters (optional--you can use utility scissors to cut the chenille stems)

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Cut strips of crepe paper to make the flower blossoms.

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Katherine Lee

To get started, cut 3 strips of crepe paper, approximately 18" long.

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Stack the crepe paper strips and cut out your petal shapes.

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Katherine Lee

Next, pile the strips of crepe paper on top of each other and clip together with the binder clips. Trim off any excess at the ends.

Take your scissors and cut out petal shapes, taking care to make sure they are still connected at the bottom of the strip of paper. (Hint: You can make your petals fat or narrow, depending on the size and shape of the petals you want. Try to make a variety of different shapes, which will give your bouquet a more realistic and interesting aspect.)

Note: This step is best handled by adults, or by older grade-school age kids who have good fine-motor skills and are good at handling sharp scissors safely.

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Here is another way you can make petals for your paper flowers.

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Katherine Lee

You may also want to try out this alternate method for making petals for your paper flowers: You simply take one or two strips of crepe paper (if using two, stack them one top of each other) and fold them, making approximately a one-inch fold. Trim off any excess paper at the end so that you have a perfectly even folded bundle.

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Cut out your petal shape.

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Katherine Lee

Next, cut out your petal shape. Here is a purple flower petal shape I made by making a cut on either side at the top to make a triangular shape. (Note: Do not cut the bottom portion of your petal shape so that the petals can remain connected once you unfold them.)

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Your triangular petals will look like this.

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The strips of paper for your triangular flower petals will look like this once it's unfolded.

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This is a rounded petal shape using the folded paper method.

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Katherine Lee

If you're using the folded crepe paper strip method, here is an example of a rounded petal shape you can make. This fat, rounded shape will create lovely, full petals for your paper flower.

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Here is an assortment of petals for the paper flowers.

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Here you have a variety of petals in different shapes and sizes. Once you have several strips prepared, you are ready to make your paper flowers.

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Begin making your paper flowers.

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Katherine Lee

Take a strip of crepe paper petals and secure it to a chenille stem with Scotch Tape. Begin rolling the petals around the stem, getting wider and more open as you go. (This will help your paper flower look like a real flower.)

When you are done, secure the petals with some more tape at the bottom and add another strip of crepe paper if you desire a bigger blossom.

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Your flower will look something like this.

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Once you have finished, your paper flower will look something like this.

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Begin making your violet flower.

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This flower is made with triangular petals cut from violet crepe paper. The purple color and yellow stem give the flower a faintly African violet-like appearance. (Note: If you only have green stems, you can use simply tape or glue on a bit of yellow crepe paper at the end of the stem to make the center of your flower yellow.)

To begin, tape one end of your purple petals onto a stem and secure with tape. Begin rolling as you did before and finish by securing with tape at the bottom of your flower..

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Here is the violet flower with triangular petals.

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Your violet flower will look something like this when you are finished.

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Fold a strip of green paper to make the leaves.

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To make leaves for the flowers, take one or two strips of green crepe paper and make 1-inch folds until you reach the end. If there is any leftover paper, trim it so that you have a perfectly even bundle, ready to be cut into leaf shapes.

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Cut our leaf shape.

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Cut your green crepe paper bundle into a triangle shape, taking care not to cut the bottom (so that you will have connected leaves when you open up your strip of crepe paper).

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Add leaves to your flower blossoms.

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Using the same technique you did to make the flower blossoms, take your strip of green crepe paper leaves and roll them under the flowers. Secure with tape.

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Ta da! A gorgeous assortment of flowers for your paper flower bouquet.

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Katherine Lee

You will now have some beautiful crepe paper flowers for your bouquet. Arrange them in a bud vase, add them to a wreath, or embellish a fabric ribbon necklace with a few colorful blossoms. The possibilities are endless!

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