Crafting Crepe Paper Flowers: Poppies

Heather Grimstead, Designer & Paper Artist

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10 Videos (26m)
    • Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

    • Step 2: Watercolor Wash

    • Step 3: Form the Pod

    • Step 4: Crafting Stamens

    • Step 5: Crafting Petals

    • Step 6: Shaping the Flower

    • Step 7: Finishing Touches

    • Extra: Tissue Paper Poppies

    • How to Upload SVG Files to Cricut Design Space

    • How to Open DXF Files in Silhouette Studio


About This Class

Learn how to make a crepe paper poppy! Using simple flower-making techniques, we'll use crepe paper to craft a flower inspired by icelandic poppies. Paper flowers are often crafted on flower wire to use in arrangements, but we’re going to create a flat-back flower. It’s a little easier for a first flower and having a flat back is useful for displaying on a wall, setting on a plate for a place setting, or — like the example in this class — adding a clothespin to clip onto things. 

Skill level: Beginner
Class project: Crepe paper poppy

Tools and Supplies

  • Extra heavy crepe paper (180 gsm) in petal color
  • Heavy crepe paper (100 gsm) in pale yellow
  • Cardstock in green
  • White craft glue
  • Wood bead or cotton ball
  • Watercolor paint or food coloring
  • Paint tray
  • Scissors
  • Flat watercolor brush
  • Mini clothespin (optional)
  • Text weight paper (optional)
  • Sponge dabber (optional)
  • Templates (download from class project section)

Note: The text weight paper and sponge dabber are used if you follow the second method of crafting stamens. Unless you are very patient with hand cutting, the second method requires a craft cutter such as a Silhouette or Cricut.


  • PDF with the leaf and petal templates for hand cutting
  • DXF file, which can be opened in Silhouette Studio
  • SVG file, which can be opened in Cricut Design Space, their online design software for Cricut Explore

9 of 9 students recommendSee All

This is my first Skillshare class & it set the bar pretty high!!!! I agree with the other comments/reviews. I found the whole class presentation to be excellent from beginning to end. Everything from speaking speed & tone to the clarity & delivery of the content, how simply and uncluttered the material was delivered, options for those w/& w/o Cricuts etc., bonus material, professionally presented, aesthetic production and finished product, everything covered from the supply list to the treat of a bonus flower how-to all well received. Also, it literally revived my interest in and brought to life a book I bought a few years back-Paper Petals and made the projects in the book seem more approachable. I have done some event styling/planning and know my newly bolstered "flower"-making skills will come in handy. Thank you.
Wonderful class!!
Absolutely loved this class!
Rebecca Henderson

Just For Today..I will learn new things!





Heather Grimstead

Designer & Paper Artist

I'm the owner and designer behind the online shop Especially Paper. I love all things paper — from stationery and printed goods to three dimensional paper objects. I use a variety of tools to craft unique paper goods. Many items start as a design in Adobe Illustrator. I then cut shapes using a Silhouette digital cutter, laser cutter, or by hand.

I look forward to sharing some of what I've learned with you!