April 29, 2013

Mother's Day Easy Craft: Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet!



Remember the giant paper roses I made for this shoot? Well, these area  smaller version of the roses but using crepe paper instead and making them into a beautiful bouquet for Mother's Day (weddings too or any other occasion you fancy!)

They are so pretty, long-lasting, and easy to make, and are the perfect gift or craft for kids to get involved in (with a little supervision of course, as there are wire cutters involved!). 

My daughter LOVED crafting with me on the weekend; and as a proud mom (not ashamed to say) I just couldn't help myself and took some extra shots of my precious, pretty in pink baby - One of my most perfect creations! ♥




Instead of the diamond bling the the center like with the roses, I used another tutorial idea I had posted waaaay back here, but with gold crepe paper instead of fabric for the flower centers.

Gold crepe paper is my latest discovery and I am slightly obsessed with it! It's fab for wrapping gifts, chocolate bars and making all sorts of crafty things! YUM!! :)




Anyways, on with the tutorial...





Materials Needed:

* Crepe Paper in your colors of choice - I used pastel pink and salmon colors
* Gold Crepe paper - From most craft stores
* Green Floral Wire
* Hot Glue
* Double-sided tape
* Wire Cutters
* White Card stock
* Round Paper Puncher - Optional





Directions:

Step 1 - Cut petal shapes (doesn't have to be perfect) out of crepe paper. If using a roll, it's easier to cut many at once as shown. Also petal size will dictate how big your bloom is.

Step 2 - With your fingers, shape the petals by pulling them upwards to curve them slightly.

Step 3 - Start gluing the petals in a spiral fashion onto a circle of white card stock, slightly overlapping each petal onto the previous one. 

Step 4 - Use double-sided tape for this and carry on building your flower. Do another layer of pink petals on top of the first; gluing them slightly more towards the center.




Step 5 - Carry on as before, using slightly smaller petal sizes in a  contrasting color. I used salmon pink, and made 2 extra layers.

Step 6 - Now take a rectangle of the gold crepe paper about 2 inches wide and 12 inches long. Fold it in half width-ways.

Step 7 - Snip along the folded edge, half way down (about 1/2 inch cuts).

Step 8 - Roll the gold paper on itself, and using a dab of hot glue to secure as you roll. Fan out the top of the rolled paper.




Step 9 - Hot glue the rolled part to the center of each flower.

Step 10 - With wire cutters (this part is NOT for kids), make a little loop on the end of the floral wire. Bend the loop at 90 degree angle o you have a flattish surface in which to work with.

Step 11 - Hot glue the wire to the back of each flower head. At this stage you can use a piece of green crepe paper or card to cover the hot glue - Simply thread it through the other end of the wire and secure in place while the glue is hot.

Step 12 - Vary your bloom sizes and gather stems together into a beautiful bouquet! 


Hope you enjoyed the tute, and feel free to put a PIN on it! ;)

(BTW, did you see the cool, hovering "pin it" buttons we have on our blog photos now?! Thanks to Mindy from Creative Juice for the link!)




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