I felt like doing something a little different for Halloween so I made tissue and crepe paper flowers in Halloween colors. They are so easy to make that you’ve still got time to make your own. Like I always say, if I can do it, you can do it. All it takes is some crepe paper or tissue paper and basic supplies like scissors and tape.
There’s nothing to this craft other than rolling the crepe paper. Seriously, start at one end of the crepe paper and roll it back up while holding one side that will become the flower stem. When you’re done rolling, tape the end of the paper down so it doesn’t come unrolled.
I purposely kept mine messy and loose–more suggestive of a flower, I guess, than anything for sure. Some of you will simply see wadded up pieces of paper. C’est la vie. You can also fold the tissue paper in half before rolling for a nicer edge. Lindsey over at Filth Wizardry demonstrates in this adorable video tutorial how to roll lovely roses if you don’t like my interpretive version.
These would be cute glued onto a witch hat or a headband, don’t you think? I didn’t want to mess with glue so I used straight pins to stick them into a straw wreath. That way, after Halloween, I can pull the flowers off the wreath, recycle them, and use the wreath for a new project. This isn’t perfect or fancy, but it was fun and truly very simple to put together.
Next, I made giant tissue paper flowers. I thought these from uncommon designs were adorable so please go to their site for the their great tutorial. I made mine a little bit differently than they did and this is all that I used.
The girls at uncommon designs used three layers/sizes of paper for their flower petals. I mixed it up and made one with three layers and a couple with only two layers and I liked both versions. They also very smartly used poster board templates for their petals. I made the three-layered flower with fancier petals but then I impatiently traced a couple of plates for the rounded part of the petals and eye-balled the sides.
For the centers, I rolled crepe paper very similarly to the way I made the crepe paper flowers above. I just rolled bigger, flatter versions and taped the backs as I went so they held together. You can see that the bottom flower has three levels of petals and a flatter center. The top two flowers have two levels of petals and a tighter, ruffly center.
They really are big.
What would you ever do with such big flowers, you ask? Not necessarily in black, duh, but what wouldn’t you do?! How about:
- use them as the backdrop for a dessert table at a party
- use them as a photo booth backdrop (how fun!)
- attach them to the front of a party table cloth
- use them as a gift topper (woo HOO!)
- or how about THIS? Are you kidding me?! I. die.
Oh, you’ve gotta love simple paper flowers. Well, you don’t, but I sure do! Happy Halloween and if you’ve got any great paper flower tutorials, send them my way in the comments. Thanks!