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Giant Paper Flower for a DIY Wedding Backdrop - Craft Tutorial

Giant Crepe Paper Flower
I recently had the chance to make some wonderful large crepe paper flowers for a friend's wedding.  They were to be part of a backdrop installation, so we needed to make a lot of flowers that filled a space well while still being finely-crafted and artistic.  On one Saturday we were able to make all the flowers we needed, while enjoying each others company, and some mimosas, of course!  We made several different styles of flower, but this one was my favorite, and has a big payoff for not too much work.  
The key to this style is Italian crepe paper, which is stiffer, and stretchier than regular crepe paper. It's more expensive, but the petals don't flop, and this flower is HUGE- 18 inches across. You'll spend more on paper, but this giant paper flower is a showstopper.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The other note I have on supplies is to use a Chinet paper plate. I don't often recommend supplies by brand (unless they are Smile Mercantile brand!) but Chinet dinner plates are thick, sturdy, and have slightly higher edges than standard paper plates.  This means that it will cradle the flower well, and is strong enough to attach with command strips to a wall, or wire to an arch, railing, chair, etc, etc, for your display.    
I used paper from Papermart.com, 100 gsm weight, 19" wide and 8.2 ft. long.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Supplies:
  • Italian crepe paper in outer petal color (1 roll per 18" flower)
  • Regular crepe paper in inner petal color 
  • Any crepe paper in flower center color
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (low temp) + glue sticks
  • Chinet paper plate

 

Step 1: Unroll some of the Italian crepe paper, and cut a strip vertically with the grain as wide as you'd like your outer petals to be. Mine are about 7 1/2 inches wide. Fold the strip in half, against the grain. 

Step 2: Cut out a petal shape with the fold at the bottom.  You can choose any petal shape you like.  We enjoyed making each flower different. Some had pointy petals, some were rounded, and some were frilly.

Step 3: Gather the petal at the base, and pinch to crease it.  Release the gather, add a bead of hot glue, re-gather it, and hold it tight until the glue sets.  

Step 4: Stretch the center of the petal away from you to make a cupped shape.  Be gentle, and don't stretch the top edge of the petal. Use this method to make 8-10 petals - enough to go all the way around the plate.

Step 5: Apply the petals one by one to the paper plate, a couple inches in from the edge.  Glue the back side of the petal to the plate, and hold it in place until it sets.  Add the next petal, overlapping the last one slightly.  Continue all the way around the plate.

Step 6: Now make 6-8 of the same type of petal, but in a slightly smaller size, approximately 5 1/2 inches wide, 7 inches long.  Fold the ends of the petals upwards before applying them to the plate.  This will help them stand up vertically.  Apply these petals to the plate in a circle just inside the ring of outer petals.

Step 7: Cut a rectangle of crepe paper in a complementary color, roughly 6 inches tall. This can be regular crepe paper, or Italian, your choice.  Fold with the grain of the paper several times until the fold is 2 - 2 1/2 inches wide.  Then fold in half against the grain.  With the fold at the bottom, cut out an oblong petal shape.  Unfold, and you'll have a double ended petal.  Stretch the centers of the petals away from you to make cupped shapes, and then bring both sides together, pinching the centers together. Make a good number of these- 15-20 of them perhaps.

Step 8: Glue these small petals around the inner circle of the flower.  Let them be every which way. They don't need to be applied uniformly.  

Step 9: To make the inner fringe, cut a long strip of crepe paper in yellow, or the center color of your choice.  This should be roughly 4 x 20 inches- or so.  Fold with the grain to a small, manageable rectangle.  Cut about 2/3 of the way into the fold, making close cuts, about 1/8 inch wide.  Unfold after cutting, and then roll up the fringe, tacking the end down with glue.  Rough up the center fringe to make it a little messy, trim off the excess length of the stem, and glue it into the center of the flower.

Step 10: Stretch the edges of the outer petals back and forth to make the petals ruffled, kind of like making a pie crust.  

If you choose to hang the flower up as part of a wedding backdrop or flower wall, you can pierce the paper plate to add a wire hanger.  You will enjoy the Italian crepe paper for it's sturdiness, and it will hold up to being displayed vertically.  Clustered together in fun colors, these crepe paper flowers are sure to impress!

56 comments

  • Kate: June 24, 2017

    Thank you so much for sharing! These flowers are wonderful.

  • Terri Sinclair: May 23, 2017

    How long do you think a flower like this would hold it’s shape in humid weather, like Florida? I wanted to make some ahead of time, like a week ahead.

  • Smile Mercantile: May 22, 2017

    Thanks everyone! I used 100 gsm premium crepe paper from Papermart.com. 1 roll = 1 giant 18" flower. If you make a smaller size, you can get a couple out of each roll. Cheers!

  • Mary: May 21, 2017

    Hello,
    The flower is stunning. Can you tell me if you used the 140g or 180g weight for this flower.
    Thanks

  • Vonda Palazzolo: May 21, 2017

    I want to learn how to make closed lotus flowers.

  • Elaine Seixas: May 21, 2017

    Congratulations! It’s beautiful!!

  • MCJ: May 21, 2017

    These are gorgeous, and so easy to make. Lovely idea!

  • Bea Howell: May 20, 2017

    This would have been better with visual examples.

  • Greet van Loon: May 19, 2017

    Y want you tho give my compliments
    About the beautyful flower you made

  • Lyn Lyon: May 18, 2017

    I really love this!

  • Margaret Johnson: May 16, 2017

    How many flowers do you get out of a roll? The ones I’m looking at are 20"W x 8’ long and I want them about the same size as you did.
    Thanks,
    Margaret Johnson

  • Melissa: May 14, 2017

    Can you tell me how much crepe paper I would need in total for one flower approximately the size of the one in the tutorial? I am looking online and they come in different sizes, I don’t want to buy too little ;)
    Awesome tutorial, I am super excited to try it out! thanks so much!

  • Patricia D. Brown: May 13, 2017

    I love these flowers and would instructions to make them myself.Can I get the instructions? Please let me know if this is possible.

  • Bonnie Zickgraf: May 09, 2017

    Wow, beautiful large flower and so easy to make. I’m cutting my first pieces now and will make some for granddaughters upcoming bridal shower and wedding! Thanks for sharing. Love easy paper crafts!

  • Barbara: May 09, 2017

    Those are beautiful.thanks for sharing.

  • Shoshana: May 09, 2017

    Made it! LOVE it! Great tutorial, thank you!

  • Meo: May 09, 2017

    Looks like a Wonderful and easy project. Can’t wait to try this and make for a special event.

  • Kelly: May 08, 2017

    Hi!
    I did online search to buy Italian crepe paper, but there’s like 3 different types with different ‘gsm.’ I wanted to know which one is best for this peoject.

  • Susan : May 08, 2017

    Hello
    I just wonted to say thank you for putting this up it is truly amazing and beautiful my daughter gets married in Frebuary so I will make some of these for her tables

  • Sharon : May 08, 2017

    This is such a great piece, I’m going to make this fr my daughter’’s baby ? shower.

  • Susana ramos: May 08, 2017

    Hermosas flores me encanto

  • Inez Portelli : May 07, 2017

    I love how they show you how it’s done,tried it and came out beautiful flower.
    Thanks

  • Shauna : May 07, 2017

    Thank you for making this great tutorial. I want have a girls night out with friends so they can help me make these for my bakery. I’ve looked at a few supplier/sites for italian crepe paper online but would love to hear from you on sites or brands you could recommend to get supplies to complete these! Thanks!

  • Randi Stinson: May 07, 2017

    What a great tutorial! You make this look easy but I’m sure it’s not, lol. Going to try this for sure! Thank you and I hope you have other tutorials too!

  • Juanita Michael: May 06, 2017

    Great flower!

  • Juanita Michael: May 06, 2017

    Great flower!

  • Sandra Gomez: May 06, 2017

    I just saw your beautiful video tutorial in Facebook, and I just wanted to ask you, where did you buy the Italian crepe paper? Thanks so much

  • Karen: May 06, 2017

    I absolutely love this!!! What is the music playing in the video?

  • Shirley Marfia: May 06, 2017

    How many flowers does one roll make? I’m making these for my granddaughter’s grad party.

  • Rosetta : May 05, 2017

    Very good to get this back drop bloom before Mothers Day pictures. Love it!

  • Glenda steiger : May 05, 2017

    Would love to see the back drop and information on how to make other flowers

  • Tracy: May 05, 2017

    This paper flower is beautiful! You mentioned making several different styles of flowers. Will you be posting tutorials of other paper flowers as well?
    Thanks!

  • Pat Riffe: May 05, 2017

    These flowers are a.mazing!

  • Mary Grabowiecki : May 05, 2017

    Very beautiful work!

  • sharon mcgrath: May 05, 2017

    my mother used to make crepe paper flowers. they looked so real! unfortunately, I never learned how. maybe I will give it another try. thanks for the lesson!

  • Cindy Jones: May 05, 2017

    I love this flower. I am going to make it for a centerpiece for my coffee table.

  • Emily Furlong: May 05, 2017

    I Love this, and I have a grandaughter who will, too. Thanks!

  • Beth Tetzlaff: May 05, 2017

    Where do you get the Italian crepe? These are just beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial as well. Blessings.

  • Gayle Ann Jarvie: May 05, 2017

    Can you tell me how many flowers you can make out of one roll? These are beautiful, thank you for sharing!

  • June cero: May 04, 2017

    Love this

  • Anita: May 04, 2017

    A video, showing the steps, would be very helpful.

  • darlene young: May 04, 2017

    I would love to see the wedding display you did with these…I’ve used scrapebook paper but those are beautiful….I will definetly try this ones..thank u for sharing :)
    Par Tay Girls on fb.. Darlene :)

  • Barbara Powers: May 04, 2017

    This message is mainly for the editors, but other comments with advice are welcomed: Could this giant flower be done with burlap instead of crepe paper? If so, should the burlap be starched before, or after the flower is made? I’m also wondering about using burlap ribbon looped over with the cut edges pleated to make the petals, perhaps using different widths of burlap ribbon for the different sized petals. I would love to get your thoughts and advice on this idea, for a giant flower to be hung on a covered entrance doorway.

  • Barbara: May 04, 2017

    Can this be done with burlap? A friend wants to try it with burlap to hang on her front door. I don’t know, but I suggested that maybe the burlap might have to be starched first. Now I’m wondering if burlap ribbon could be used. What do you think? Any recommendations?

  • April: May 04, 2017

    Absolutely love this. These flowers make great centerpieces. Thanks

  • Christene Fite Harvey: May 04, 2017

    These flowers are gorgeous! I’m homemaking leader for my Church’s women’s organization and think making these flowers for home and garden decor would be a perfect choice. Could you price out the cost of one flower so that I might introduce this idea to my group? Thank you!

  • Christy : May 03, 2017

    Does it take a whole roll of Italian crepe paper to make one large flower?

  • KaTinka Bolding: May 03, 2017

    I’d love to see a picture of the entire backdrop.

  • Doree Bush: May 03, 2017

    These are lovely!! Where can I buy Italian crepe paper? Thank you!

  • Lola Fields: May 03, 2017

    Could I please get the length and width of all three petals please. I need to order paper asap.
    Thank you so much

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