Crepe and Watercolor Flower Tutorial

Happy Monday everyone. 
I hope you had a great weekend! 

Every once in a while during the cold days of winter, the sun peeks through the clouds and ever so gently glides over every surface, magnifying the beauty of winter.

Though winter is beautiful, I still long for the sights of Spring and Summer and the gorgeous flowers that dress our gardens. 

While you can purchase fresh flowers year round, doing so on a regular basis can be pricey.  So I decided to make some pretty blooms that will last a lot longer.

As promised, I am sharing how I made these crepe flowers…


White crepe paper
watercolor paints or food coloring 
spray bottle
round microwave safe bowl
hot glue gun
florist tape
florist wire or old artificial tulip flower stem
(I purchased a bunch of tulips for a dollar at the Dollar Store)

1. Cut crepe into petal shapes
2. Turn bowl upside down and place crepe petal on top as shown
3. Spray paper with water – crepe will curl around bowl naturally
4. Gently shape crepe paper around bowl 
5. Apply desired paint colour – you will notice the color will start to run down the petal; continue to apply desired paint colour gradually lighter 
6. Place bowl in microwave and set time for 30 seconds – this should be sufficient time to dry the paper, but if not, reheat for another 5 seconds 
7. Gently peel petal off bowl – your petal will have a beautiful concave shape
8. Remove petals from old artificial tulip to reveal the plastic core 
9. Scrunch some previously painted crepe paper and glue to centre of the plastic core
10. Glue petals one at a time around core
11. Shape petals and finish by wrapping some floral tape around stem
note: if you do not have a stem and would like to use floral wire, simply form ball shape with some pre-painted crepe paper and attach to wire with some floral tape and follow steps 1-10 above. 

I love combining water colour and paper to make flowers.  
Here are some other samples of flowers I have made using this technique. 
I hope you guys enjoyed this little tutorial.  Thank you so much for visiting; I appreciate and look forward to your visits. 
much love,


  1. says

    Wow! When I first opened my email and scrolled down I really thought these were real flowers! I got to the tutorial part and was amazed! I must try this in the near future. Thanks for such a wonderful blog, I really enjoy reading it!

  2. Anonymous says

    Thanks for sharing – this will take some studying for me but you can bet I will give it a try somewhere along the line.

  3. says

    Thank you for the great article I did enjoyed reading it, I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back from again. I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a good day

  4. says

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  5. says

    I love your tutorial! I want to make these for my next styled wedding photo shoot! I was wondering what shape and size(s) did you make for the flowers? Do you have a template I could use? Thanks!

  6. Sandy says

    Love these!! I just ordered my crepe paper and am ready to make. How many petals do I need to make for one flower?
    Thank you!

  7. Kathleen says

    Lucy! I am speechless. These flowers are all stunningly beautiful ~ and you are one talented lady!
    I can only hope that when I attempt to make these for the upcoming Easter weekend, my crepe blossoms will be even half as gorgeous as yours! I’ve never seen any “faux” florals that look as real as these…they are quite amazing.
    But above all, I’m so very grateful for your generosity in sharing your expertise: thank you for wonderful supply lists and great pictorial instructions!

  8. Barbara Edwards says

    I want to thank you for sharing your creative and stunning paper flowers. I am always trying to learn new crafts and creative ways to reuse everyday items. Your tutorial was wonderful and fun. Thank You so much

  9. Dolly LaBelle says

    These are all stunning! My mother will be thrilled to get this tutorial, as she is starting to make them again at 81, and everything has changed so much since she made them at 30 and dipped them in paraffin to preserve them. Thank you!

  10. Carole says

    Thank you so much for sharing how you made these exquisite flowers – hoping to have a go at making them when my friends come round to craft.

  11. Megan Stevens says

    When you cut your petals which way we’re the ripples going? Top to bottom or side to side? I am trying to make these for my wedding in May. They are absolutely gorgeous!!

  12. Barbara says

    Where did you find your crepe paper? I thought you were making the petals from “rolls” of crepe paper, but are you using bigger sheets?

    I look forward to your answer. The peonies are just beautiful.

  13. Carla says

    Those are stunning! Look so real,amazing. Do you add fragrance too? Thank you for those lovely flowers.

  14. roz says

    Hi, love these but I do not understand what it is you are holding in picture 3. It looks like bands of white plastic strips, what is it?

  15. Frances says

    Your flowers are so pretty, and what an easy way to make them. I must try this – if I can find white crepe paper, not often seen in the UK except at Christmas time! Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial.

  16. Samantha Marsh says

    These paper flowers are so stunning!! Have you used this technique on old book paper or newspaper, something reusable? Can’t wait to begin crafting for my wedding!!

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