The Fogue Abode: How to Create a Crepe Paper Swag {Part Two}

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to Create a Crepe Paper Swag {Part Two}

I'm back again today with the second part to creating the crepe paper swag that we used for Aspen's Boho Chic Birthday Bash.  The juicy part to this arrangement are the flowers.  I loved how they came together.  Each petal creating the beautiful roses and peonies.  Ok, I'm a nerd satisfied by the simplest of things.

If you've been following along, last week I showed you how to make the greenery that we used on the swag.  Today, I'm here with a step-by-step guide on how I made the flowers that I used not only for the swag, but also for the flower crown on the deer skull.

How to Make Crepe Paper Peonies

Here's what you will need to make delectable paper peonies.

Crepe Paper in Pink, Cream and Green
Floral Wire
Hot Glue
Petal Templates from The House That Lars Built

I want to start out by cutting out all of my petals for the Peony.  Here, I used two different colors for an ombre effect.  But, you can use any color that you wish.  For this guide, I'll use cream for the inside of the flower and fade to pink for the outside.

The easiest way to cut out all my petals is to do it all at once!  First, I cut out a strip of my cream crepe paper.

Then folded it, accordion style, to the size of my petal.  Make sure the grain of the paper is vertical to the petal.  This will be important later on.  Cut it out.

To make the Peony, you'll need to cut out 3 small petals, 5 medium petals and 4 large petals.  You can see here that I used the cream for my small petals, mixed cream and pink for the medium petals and used pink for all my large petals.

Next, take a 2 inch by 5 inch piece of your green crepe paper and cut slits about half way down.  This will be the center of your flower. 

Hot glue the solid end of the paper to your floral wire and wrap it around, securing it with another dab of hot glue.

I tried many different types of glue for these flowers, but found that hot glue bonded the strongest and dries thefastest for the material we were working with.

Next, you want to use your thumbs to stretch out your petals and give them that petal-y shape.

See the difference in the one that's stretched and the one that isn't.  These are looking more life like now.

Take your smallest petals and with a dab of glue along the bottom, wrap it around your flower stem. 

Repeat this process with the rest of your small petals, working your way about a 1/4 of the way around each petal.

Now you have a nice little flower bud.

Continue with the above steps, using your cream medium petals then your pink medium petals and finally your large pink petals.

Once your flower is assembled, us your thumbs to loosen up the flower.  As a final touch, use a bit more of your green paper to make leaves which you can attach to the base of the flower.

My arrangement used a mix of peonies which I have created here and Lisa Griffith's Garden Roses

To secure your flowers to the swag base, use the remainder of the floral wire to wrap around your base, bunching your flowers together.  I started in the middle with my largest peony and worked my way out.

That is how I made the crepe paper flower swag for less than $10.  If I were to buy something similar with real flowers, this arrangement would be upward of $100. 

Are you loving the return of the crepe paper flowers?  I remember these being a big hit when I was much much younger.