- Metallic Crepe Paper
- Floral Wire (or any medium weight wire you have on hand)
- Beaded trim (optional)
- Cut two long rectangular pieces of crepe paper, and lay one on top of the other.
- Working with the two sheets together, accordion fold the rectangle, so that there are at least 8 folds, measuring roughly 3/4" width each. (More folds than 8 may result in a flower that is too tight, unless it is very large.) Make sure metallic side of paper is on the outside!
- Wrap the floral wire around the center of the accordion fold and twist the wire on itself.
- Trim both ends of the accordion on the red dotted lines, in diagram below.
- Carefully open flower, pulling folds apart gently, and separating the upper layer from the lower. Continue to shape flower until it looks open and beautiful.
- You can make flowers in a variety of sizes and use two different colors for top and bottom layer of paper.
- Using hot glue, glue a small piece of beaded trim, shaped in a spiral, over the exposed wire at the center. Alternately, one can glue on a small piece of curled paper, a few sequins or a collection of beads. (I did not do this in the photo above, as you can see!)
Other uses for crepe paper flowers:
- Instead of a bow as an elegant topper on a wrapped present
- Wrapped around a napkin as a napkin ring
- Twisted around chandeliers and sconces where possible
- As a pin, bracelet or hair ornament for a flower girl
- Try making some from stiffened fabric, they might be great!