I feel like crepe paper is on trend right now, especially in creating paper flowers. I created this corsage for my sons' band teacher for their spring concert. It is an ongoing tradition that I can't seem to let go at the moment.
I got the template from marthastewart.com. If you are a visual learner, this won't be the tutorial for you. The tutorial for this flower is all in text. Also the link to the flower centers tutorial in this post does not work. I just searched the net for other flower tutorials. I created the peony in which the center is not hard at all to create.
Since this is my first time to play with crepe paper, I did no go for the nice, expensive brands available online. I bought mine from Michael's, which I got at 1/2 off. It comes in a 12x12 variety pack which is a good deal for a newbie on crepe paper.
I printed the template, following the instruction to upscale it to 33%. I folded the crepe paper, following the grain of the paper, so I can cut 6 petals right away. The template comes with several kinds of leaves. I cut several leaves.
I stretched the widest part of the petal to curl and curve it, to make it dimensional. I pinched the narrow tip. I also stretched the leaves.
I stretched a small piece of crepe paper to cover a small cotton ball, which I twirled into an 18-gauge floral wire. I secured this with floral tape. This is the flower center to which I started building the flower petals by adding one petal around it until I used up all the petals I have cut. I also attached the leaves using the floral tape then kept wrapping the floral wire until it is all covered with the floral tape. The only time I used a liquid glue is on the end of the floral tape. Somehow, the end would not adhere so I squirted a small amount of liquid glue to adhere this to the stem. The floral wire is about 9" long since it is a corsage.
I created a box to put in the crepe paper flower. I used the Martha Stewart Scoring Board to create the box. The lid of the scoring tool compartment comes with a guide on what size of paper to use and where to score for a certain finished box size. I die cut a window on the lid of box using Mama Elephant Union Square Creative Cuts. I heat embossed an acetate using My Favorite Things Music Sheet background stamp, and silver Hero Arts embossing powder.
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