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Apr 17, 2010

it was only a matter of time before I started trying to create some of these fabric flowers Jessica and I made out of crepe paper.

To start all you need is a strip of crepe paper (I used pale pink) approx. 24″ in length. Fold it in 1/2 length wise. Using scallop scissors trim the non-folded edge. Thread a sewing needle with embroidery floss and begin gathering the crepe paper along the folded seam of the crepe paper. Once you get to the opposite end of the strip even out the gathers. Now begin rolling the crepe paper tightly at first then a little less as you go along until you reach the end. You can added a small dot of liquid adhesive along the way or wait until the entire strip has been rolled then add liquid adhesive to the bottom of your flower.

And there you have it a perfect peony or carnation… you pick. My flower measures 2″ in diameter. If you want yours larger just increase the length of your crepe paper strip.

Supplies Used: Crepe Paper Streamer, Sewing Needle, Embroidery Floss, Liquid Adhesive

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  • I love your blog! Just wanted to let you know I’ve given you some blog awards on my blog-thanks for the inspiration!.

  • Heidi German

    Ooh, it does look just like a peony! I’ve made similar flowers but I think the scalloped edge really makes it look like a real flower. Beautiful!

  • betty

    Very pretty!

  • Very nice!

  • So cute. Running to find my crepe paper now. :) Thanks for sharing.

  • Prettiest crepe paper flowers I’ve seen so far! Love the scalloped edge.

  • I am a cardcrafter.. i am so gonna try this! Loved your tutuorial.. thank you!

  • stephanie

    These are some of the prettiest handmade flowers i have seen! I can’t wait to give them a try myself. Thanks for sharing!

  • This is so soft and pretty – perfect for decorating a little gift box.

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  • This is really beautiful. Looks like it would take forever but from your directions it sounds quick!

  • its excellent!!!wow

  • Thanks for the great tutorial! I used these to make a knock-off Pottery Barn mobile for above my soon-to-arrive daughter’s crib. I featured your tutorial in my Feature Friday post today.


  • Kathleen

    Beautiful peony. I can’t wait to try it. When I was young, a friend of my mother’s made crepe paper roses that looked real. I remember some of the steps, but not all. Does anyone know how to make these?

  • India Fox

    I love the flower am going to make a lot of them on frabric to finish my gown.
    Thank you for the tutorial.
    greetings from Hollywood, CA.
    India Fox.

  • Terri Gottberg

    Lisa, I love your tenacity for figuring out how to do a craft. I am wondering if you can figure out how to make the doily pompoms as shown on all the sites. I have scoured the internet and cannot find the instructions. Thanks and love your web site.


  • ellen

    ñ entendo nada ñ tem tradutor

    • Gabriela Silva

      sorry em gata, é só usar o google tradutor.


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