Here in central Texas, spring has officially arrived and the warm weather is making its way in. Everything is in bloom and I could not be more excited to see all the wildflowers start to pop up around town. Unfortunately, the flowers won’t last more than a few weeks, so to keep the spring feeling going all the way through summer, I created a delicate crepe paper flower garland to adorn my mantel. Now I can enjoy the pretty spring florals inside and outside of my home.
Crepe paper flowers may seem a little intimidating to try, but they can really be as simple or as complex as you want to make them. So start easy and work your way up to the more complex flowers. And I promise the crepe paper is more forgiving than you might think! And when they are all strung together on a garland, you really won’t see that one misshapen petal or gap. I promise!
Step 1: Begin by making your crepe paper flowers. Begin by wrapping a small bean-sized piece of paper in a square of pink crepe paper to create the center of the flower.
Step 2: Fringe cut the black crepe paper and glue it around the pink center of the flower.
Step 3: Cut 3-4 petals from light pink crepe paper and then pull on each side to stretch out the crepe paper and create a ruffled look. Hot glue the petals around the center stamen, overlapping the petals as you go.
Step 4: Repeat with different flower colors, petal shapes, and sizes until you have a large assortment of about 24 flowers. For the leaves, just fold a piece of green crepe paper in half and cut a leaf shape, leaving about 1″ on the bottom fold uncut. Then pull the leaves on each side to ruffle and twist the uncut portion of crepe paper between the two leaves and fold in half to create a double leaf.
Step 5: Twist the green covered wire together to form your garland base, then hot glue the green floral wire to each flower and twist and glue the flowers and leaves onto the base wire.
Step 6: Once all your flowers are added, come back and glue on the leaves to fill in any gaps or empty spots along the garland. I love the look of the flowers clustered in groups of 2-3 flowers and then the leaves filling in the spaces between the groupings.
Once complete, you can use small clear Command hooks to hang the wire garland on your mantel. You can also lay it down the center of your table as a gorgeous spring runner, or bend it into a circle and twist the ends together to make a wreath. Wherever you display it, it is guaranteed to bring a little spring into your home! xo. Kara