Crepe paper flowers how to make them
Crepe paper flowers are a very cheap but elegant decorative element, a cheerful and sunny idea with a creative and delicate touch. Let's see how to make them in a few simple steps.
In the first place it is necessary to take care to have purchased the main material necessary for its realization, that is the crepe paper, easily available in the stationery stores or in the stationery departments of shopping centers. This material is on average sold in rolls of various weights, their weight ranges from 30 grams to 180.
There are many varieties of colors on the market. If you want to change the classic colors, enriching them with shades or patches, recalling the natural color of some floral varieties, you can use a very effective do-it-yourself method: after getting a bowl filled with cold water, immerse yourself in it more sheets of colored crepe paper, the contact with water leads to a mixing of the various dyes which, mixing together, are able to create wonderful chromatic effects on the various sheets.
In order for the effect to be visible, the wet sheets must be placed to dry on a flat surface. Once the sheets reach the desired drying they will present themselves with a decidedly richer and original color scheme. Avoid painting the paper directly, using acrylic colors, tempera and watercolors, to prevent the direct dyes from pitting the paper or making it excessively heavy and dry due to the lumps that would form after painting.
In addition to crepe paper, other materials such as:
- rigid cardboard;
- vinyl glue;
- a thin wooden stick;
- a thin tip brush;
- a toothpick.
PHASES OF THE CREATION OF FLOWERS IN OVAL OR ROUNDED PETALS (ROSES)
Make the shapes you want to create by drawing them and cutting them out on cardboard. Once this has been done, trace the outline of the same on the crepe paper. If you took a rose as a reference flower, you would need 19 petals, a rectangle for the creation of the pistil, a strip of medium-length paper (18/20 cm) to cover the stem and 2 leaves of green paper to stick on the stem.
In the phase of cropping the petals it is necessary to pay attention to the direction in which the paper is presented: the folds must be turned in the vertical direction in order to be modeled with greater ease.
The first step is the creation of the stem. Once you have taken the wooden stick for skewers, it is advisable to cover 3-4 cm in the initial part by gluing a rectangle with the same color as the petals. Remember to hide the tip well, so as to make your work well-groomed in every detail. Each part of the paper must be fixed using a very small amount of vinyl glue, without exceeding, in order to avoid useless and anti aesthetic clear spots that would ruin your work.
Always remember to distribute the glue with the help of a fine-tipped brush, so as not to smear your fingers and make the creation clean.
Instead, it is useful to use the fingertips to be able to press the glued part so that it is well fixed.
Take a petal and shape it with your fingers. The first trick to have is to enlarge the central part until it becomes concave, then proceed by curling outward the top edges, using either a toothpick or a thin wood of equal or similar diameter. Crepe paper is highly mouldable, hence operations such as this are typical in the use of this type of paper. Provide for this operation with calm and delicacy, will make your work meticulous but at the same time refined in every detail.
When the petal is made, prepare to apply it with a bit of glue, rolling it around the base around the pistil. This procedure must be repeated for the application of the remaining eighteen petals, which you will apply as if they were real. In this case it is proposed to create a rose, but note that it is possible to create forms of petals of different features or shapes and reproduce other similar floral variants.
HOW TO CREATE FLOWERS FROM RIPPED PETALS (GAROFANI AND SIMILI)
The useful material for this creation is the following:
- iron wire for the creation of the stem;
- a strip of red crepe paper enlarged in the shape of a fan (other shades are also recommended yellow, white and pink);
- green adhesive tape, useful for covering the iron wire;
- nylon thread.
Crepe paper flowers how to make them: THE PROCEDURE
Fold the strip of crepe paper in two parts, dividing it in half. Once this is done, roll it up while holding the base, which you will have to tie with the nylon thread, then inserting the wire in the center, precisely in the base of the flower.
Remember that the nylon thread should be covered with a strip of adhesive tape.
Once the corolla of the flower has been lowered, proceed by enlarging the margins until it is possible to obtain some undulations on the entire entire strip.
Finally, cover the stem and the glass with the green adhesive tape.