How to Make Easy Crepe Paper Flowers with Kids

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How to Make Paper Flowers out of Crepe Paper with Kids

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

You'll be amazed at how easy these beautiful paper flowers are to make. Grownups will need to cut out the petal shapes for younger kids, but even younger school-age children will be able to help wrap and tape the flower petals around the stems. (Remember--it doesn't have to be perfect; that's the beauty making crafts with kids--they can add their own touches and have fun, whether or not the result is perfection.)

Crepe paper is also wonderful not only because it makes beautiful, textured petals but also because it's relatively inexpensive. Choose some colors with your child and get crafting! Making paper flowers is an easy, fast, and economical spring craft for kids, Valentine craft, or a fun project for a birthday party or anytime of the year when you want to brighten your day with some beautiful blossoms!

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Gather your materials for your crepe paper flowers.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

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

  • crepe paper (pink, or whatever colors you prefer for the blossoms, and green 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 the crepe paper into even-sized strips.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Take the crepe paper for the blossoms and cut them into 3 evenly-sized strips, about 18" long.

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Clip your crepe paper strips together.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Next, stack the strips of crepe paper so that they're lined up and clip them together. This will make it easier for you to cut out several strips of petals at once. Trim off any uneven ends so that all three strips are well-aligned.

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Cut out petal shapes.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

To make your flowers, cut out petal shapes in the crepe paper strips, taking care to keep them attached at the bottom (see photo). You can make your petals fat or lean--experiment with different types to see what you like--but keep the petals on each strip as close to consistent as you can.

This step is best done by an adult, though older grade-schoolers who have good hand-eye coordination and fine motor-skill physical development may be able to cut out their own petals. Make sure older kids use extreme caution when handling scissors, especially if they are sharp.

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Alternatively, you can fold the crepe paper strips to cut petals.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Another way to make petals is by folding up the strips of crepe paper to make your cutouts. Fold about an inch or a bit less, depending on the narrowness of the petals you want to make.

This method goes a bit faster because you don't need to clip the strips together, but you can't make as many petals at once because it works best if you do one or two strips at a time. You might also want to use shorter strips, about 12" long, to avoid having overly fat folded strips, which can be difficult to cut.

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Trim any uneven ends of the rolled strip.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

If you have any leftover bit of paper at the end, trim it so that the rolled strip is completely even.

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Cut out the petal shape.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Holding the folded crepe paper firmly, carefully cut a petal shape.

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Your petals will look like this.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Here is what your flower petals will look like when you unfold your crepe paper.

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Next, begin rolling the petals onto your stem.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Take your green stem and secure your strip of crepe paper to it with a bit of Scotch Tape.

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Continue rolling the petals around the stem.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Holding the bottom of the strip of paper, continue rolling the crepe paper around the stem to form your paper flower.

Hint: If a petal doesn't fall where you want it to, position it to where you want it so that you have a flower with petals that are balanced out. And be sure to open up the petals as you rotate so that your flower looks like a real blossom.

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Your paper flower will look like this.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Roll one or two or even three strips of crepe paper petals onto your flower, depending on the size of the flower you want. Your crepe paper flower will look something like this.

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Secure the bottom of your flower with tape.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Once you have the desired blossom shape and size you want, secure the bottom of the blossom with tape.

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Cut and roll strips of green paper to make the leaves.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Next, make leaves for your paper flowers by cutting strips of green paper and rolling them up into 1" bundles. Trim off any extra paper on the end.

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Trim the rolled green crepe paper to make leaves.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Take your scissors and make a cut on each side of the rolled green crepe paper (to form a triangle shape on top). Be sure to keep a portion of the bottom uncut so that you can unfold the paper later in one intact strip, as you did with the second alternate petal-making technique.

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Roll the strip of green "leaves" around your flower.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Take your strip of green crepe paper leaves and roll them around the bottom of your flower. Secure with tape.

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Use other colors of crepe paper to form a bouquet.

how to make paper flowers
Katherine Lee

Make petals using other colors of crepe paper and cutting them out into different shapes (pointy, fat and round, long and lean, and so on). The possibilities are endless, and you and your child can use your imaginations to create a beautiful bouquet of paper flowers.

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