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

16 of 16 students recommendSee All

Great class. Easy to follow and produces lovely results.
Lilian Barker

Papercrafter & pattern designer

Great class very easy to follow. Like the options given a lot very helpful.
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.





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!

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