Monday, June 11, 2012

Crepe Anemone flower tutorial


I hope you all enjoyed a great weekend.  Ours was filled with family, friends and good times.  

I mentioned I would show you how to make these pretty anemone flowers, but before I do, let me tell you what led me to making them...


It all started a while back when I saw the insert of the picture above.  A Martha Stewart arrangement featured on one of her wedding projects.


I fell in love with the colour combo, the peach of the anemonies and the 
minty grayish hues of the dusty miller. So I tried to recreate the flower.

 This photo is from my first attempt. I was not too happy with the results so I didn't post it.


But you might recognize this picture as one of my FB cover photos.  I don't know why I thought it was good enough to display on FB but not here..(?) 

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when I spotted the same beautiful flowers in one of my neighbour's garden.  I immediately wanted to bring it home with me but I don't think they would appreciate me 'borrowing' their flowers.  I even thought about dressing like a ninja and sneaking in the middle of the night to 'borrow' the flowers.  But I couldn't find my ninja outfit anywhere, so here we go with my next attempt....

 Materials
Peach crepe paper
black card stock paper
floral tape
scissors
artificial stem from old silk flower
glue gun

1. Cut 5 large shaped petals out of crepe paper 
2. Fold black stock in half (measurement of 6"x2.5")
3. Cut several slits along folded edge
4. Roll all the way to the end
5. Glue onto stem by using hot glue
6. Hot glue petals one at a time around stem
7. Cover bottom of flower with floral tape
DONE! 


Tips: Prior to gluing petals, scrunch the top of each petal to make them a little 'wrinkly'.  Cup flower in your hand and bring petals towards the middle to give it the appearance of 'just blooming' flowers. 


I think they turned out very 
pretty and here is another secret...

I spotted some crepe paper at the dollar store, but they did not have the colour I wanted, so I bought some in white. I then grabbed my DecoArt paints and mixed some orange, pink and white paint (1:1:8) and painted the crepe paper. The paper gets wrinkly and very fragile, and it's a little messy but when it dries the texture truly resembles that of a flower petal. :) 

I also painted some white card stock with a mixture of green, white and black to give me that beautiful gray minty colour.  I then hand drew the shape of the leaves (you can actually spot the pencil mark on one of the leaves of the bottom left) and cut them. 

This craft was one of those five minute crafts I made on a whim.  Usually, those are the ones that I like the most...:) 

So what do you think?  Do you prefer the first attempt, or the second?  If you prefer the flowers made out of card stock, follow the same instructions as above, except I did not fold the black paper strip in half; I simply cut the slits and then rolled the paper. 

As always, I end by thanking you for keeping me company.  If this is your first time here, I want to welcome you and I hope you come back soon.

much love,
Lucy 




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22 comments:

  1. Gorgeous...as usual.

    Love your nail polish btw. I think I have the same color. Is it Sally Hansen mint?

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  2. I love these crepe anemone. they are gorgeous
    The painted crepe paper is lovely
    thank you

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  3. Wow- I LOVE these...they are just gorgeous..you haven't lost your touch, Lu! xo Diana

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  4. Love the crepe paper flower. I recently purchased some crepe paper to make peonies with, but I think I like your flowers better.

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  5. These flowers are just amazing Lucy. Your family is so fortunate to have you and your artistic talents. Your home must be so lovely and how wonderful to have little changes with the seasons. In answer to your question, I prefer the second attempt!

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  6. I have several comments my most creative friend:

    1. I love the high standards you keep for your blog - good enough is never good enough for Lu!

    2. The way in which you see the world is incred-amazing to me!

    3. I have misplaced my ninja gear, as well. It's hiding somewhere, I know it.

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  8. Well another pin worthy tutorial from Lucy! I think I am going to start a Lucy pin board lol I love how you took it to the next level and didn't settle on just plain white, and painted the crepe paper. That is an artist touch for sure!

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  9. These are gorgeous. Check out my Pinterest Faux Flower board http://pinterest.com/danee_kaplan/faux-flowers/ and you will see that your flowers are stunning compared to the rest- and they aren't too shabby themselves. Great job. I think you may have encouraged me to once again attempt a crepe flower….my previous attempts haven to even been Facebook worthy.

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  10. It is so beautiful...

    I need to try this today!! :)

    Have a fairy day,
    Shabbyness

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  11. It’s so beautiful. Thank you so much for your sharing.

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  12. You sure captured the beauty of your paper flowers!! They look sooo lovely!
    And I love how you decided to paint the white crepe paper!! You just find a way, and that is so cool!!
    Have a wonderful rest of the week, Lucy!
    Becky

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  13. Very, very lovely! The paper dusty miller is the perfect accent for these. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Oh my gosh, I'm obsessed with this. I fell in love with that arrangement on Pinterest when I saw it a couple of weeks back. I'm so excited to make one of these for all year round. Thanks!

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  15. BEAUTIFUL!!
    And if you don't hava an old silk flower stem you can always use a skewer and cover it from top to bottom with floral tape
    XOXO,
    CRIS

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  16. People who don’t know anything about it must read this blog as it is too informative about flowers.

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  17. Pretty flowers! They turned out lovely and I've got this linked to my paper flowers post too today, for inspiration!

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  18. I think these are beautiful! I love how creative you are...if you can't find the right color..just paint them! I am surely going to make these...I just can't resist!
    I also love your 'painted on book-page magnolias...they are just gorgeous.
    I just finished painting a magnolia with holly leaves on a large print Bible for my sister for Christmas. It really looks good!
    I love magnolias, being the southern girl that I am, lol!
    I also love this site...Keep up the good work!

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  19. Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial. Have a wonderful day!

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  20. You could of asked the neighbors. They may have given you the flowers. Some people are really nice.

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  21. Thank you, I am enchanted and inspired.

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  22. I have been searching the inter web for the last several days for painted flowers to make for a stylized photo shoot I'm planning, and yours are some of my favorites! You've probably already seen these, but they were my original inspiration, but no one else seems to actually paint the paper besides you. http://anthologymag.com/blog3/2012/05/15/paper-flowers-by-lyndie-dourthe/

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