Lavender is a celebrity in the herbal world, and one that holds a special place in my heart.
But in a twist of cruel fate, I developed a sensitivity to flowers indoors. Instead of boo-hooing about it, I did the next best thing – used my crepe paper flower skills to make lavender sprigs.
A simple and easy solution to enjoy the best of both worlds.
You can use these lavender crepe paper flowers for so many things – on top of gifts, cards, table decorations. My latest favourite thing is to add two sprigs to the front of a handmade card.
This past week, friends invited me to a special dinner party. And I brought my lavender card (two sprigs on the front) as a thank you to the hostess. And it was a hit.
Someone at the party brought the card to their nose to sniff. In total transparency, wine was involved. But that’s besides the point. The first impression was they were real. And that made my heart dance with joy.
Let’s me teach you step-by-step how to make lavender crepe paper flowers.
What you will need:
- Lavender crepe paper – 180g
- Green crepe paper – 180g
- Alene’s Tacky Glue
- 18-20 gauge floral wire cut in half – 9″
Dimensions for the cutting the crepe paper flowers pieces:
- 12″ x 1.5″ piece of lavender crepe paper (flowers)
- 2″ x 2.5″ piece of green crepe paper (leaves)
- 10″ x 1/5″ piece of green crepe paper (optional): you can use floral tape for the stem, but I like to use the same green crepe as the leaves to keep the colors consistent.
There is a right way and wrong way to cut crepe paper
The direction of the grain is very important when cutting crepe paper. For this project, the crepe paper needs to be cut so the grain line is vertical ( the same direction as the height of the strip). This allows for the pieces of crepe to be stretched and shaped properly.
The direction of the grain is shown in the photo below.
Before you start, a little prep work
- Fold the (unstretched) strip of lavender crepe paper over, almost in half – leave a 1/4″ edge free. Press the fold with fingers to give it a solid crease.
- Unfold, add glue to the top edge, and refold pressing the glued edge gently to laminate the piece together.
- Cut the strip into 4 pieces – 4.5″, 3.5″, 2.5″, 1.5″.
- Using the 1/4″ edge as the stop guide, fringe the edge of the strips. Each fringe between 1/16 to 1/8th of an inch.
- Roll the fringe between thumb and index finger.
- To make the 4 leaves, fold the 2″ green crepe paper in half, and then half again. Cut a 1/4″ wide leaf, rounding slightly at the top.
- Gently stretch the green crepe paper strip to use for the stem wire.
Show time! Making the crepe paper flowers
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Easy lavender crepe paper flower tutorial: step-by-step
- Gather all the prepped crepe paper pieces
After prepping the crepe paper you should have – (1) 4.5″ (1) 3.5″ (1) 2.5″ and 1.5″ strip of lavender paper, (4) 2″ tall leaves, and a strip of stretched half inch green crepe paper.
- Glue the rolled flower fringe to the stem wire
Starting with the 4.5″ piece of lavender crepe paper, add glue to the bottom edge of the stem wire and wrap around the wire and down.
- Wrap green crepe paper below the first lavender sprig
Add dabs of glue to the stretch green crepe paper strip, and wrap the bottom of the first sprig and down approximately a 1/2″.
- Repeat Step 1 and Step 2 with the remaining pieces of lavender crepe paper.
Start the second sprig of lavender at the bottom of the previous green section – so that the green stem just peaks through the top of the lavender strip.
- Add the leaves
Using the remaining strip of green crepe wrap the wire. After 2″ add the first leaf by placing flush with the wire.
- Secure the leaf and add remaining leaves
Dab glue on the green crepe paper strip and secure the leaf by wrapping one or two times around the wire. Place the second leaf on the opposite side of the wire, staggered slightly below the first leaf. Repeat same steps for third and fourth leaf.
- Fluff and curl the leaves
Using your thumb and index finger, pull the leaves away from the stem. Using the tip of your fingers, gently ribbon curl the edges of the leaves.
Play around with different widths of the lavender strips to make fuller or thinner lavender sprigs. Don’t feel limited, used your imagination. The dimensions shown in this tutorial are simply a starting point. Be creative.
Easy right? These beautiful crepe paper flowers can be whipped up in under a half hour. And gorgeous in any bouquet, gift topper, or my personal favourite, the front of a handmade card from the heart.