Crafting Crepe Paper Flowers: Poppies

Heather Grimstead, Designer & Paper Artist

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

      3:38
    • 2. Step 2: Watercolor Wash

      2:33
    • 3. Step 3: Form the Pod

      4:09
    • 4. Step 4: Crafting Stamens

      3:56
    • 5. Step 5: Crafting Petals

      2:31
    • 6. Step 6: Shaping the Flower

      1:15
    • 7. Step 7: Finishing Touches

      0:57
    • 8. Extra: Tissue Paper Poppies

      4:29
    • 9. How to Upload SVG Files to Cricut Design Space

      1:30
    • 10. How to Open DXF Files in Silhouette Studio

      1:20

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.

Templates

  • 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