One of the most satisfying hobbies I’ve taken up this year is making paper flowers. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see them speckled throughout my life. I’m playing with everything form dainty tissue paper roses to grand and sculptural magnolia flowers.
Most recently I’m making crepe paper poinsettia flowers to decorate my Christmas tree. Poinsettias naturally come in a surprising array of pinks, creams, and salmons that feel more fresh and have more depth and variation than the traditional red flower.
Together with my personal paper flower guru, Suzonne Stirling, we’ve put together a crepe paper poinsettia tutorial for you.
Here are some things to keep in mind if this is your first dip into the paper flower craft:
• it’s addictive- making something so beautiful from humble paper
• like anything new, paper flower making feels foreign and daunting at times- but anything beautiful is worth working through.
• don’t feel like you have to buy every paper on the list below. One or two colors for the bracts (these are what poinsettia petals are called) and two colors for the center
• get a friend in on this hobby too! It’s great to share supplies and spend time doing something new together!
Here’s how this tutorial goes:
- First we’ll gather our materials
- We’ll prep our paper by speckling or striping it with alcohol ink (optional)
- We’ll make the flower centers
- We’ll cut, glue, wire and assemble our bracts
- We’ll assemble the flower
- We’ll celebrate our new talents
180 gram crepe paper in desired color palette* – see links just below
22 and 24-gauge, white cloth-covered floral wire
18-gauge, green cloth-covered floral wire
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Self-adhesive floral tape in light or moss green
Wire cutters (or old scissors you don’t mind dulling)
Alcohol Ink in Watermelon for speckled paper, Watermelon and Peach Bellini or Salmon for striped paper
Alcohol Ink Blender
Small spray bottle
Plastic garbage bag
*Good colors for our palette – choose a few colors you like.