don’t you? I like the way the stamen looks pretty realistic.
1. Add food coloring to a deep dish full of water. I used three drops of red and two drops of yellow for the outer petals and three drops of yellow and one drop of red for the inner petals. Experiment with the amount of food coloring to achieve the look you want.
2. Cut a 4″x4″ square of crepe paper across all the folded layers and dip into the food coloring mixture. Make sure that the color penetrates through all the layers.
3. Allow paper to drip dry for a couple of minutes. I simply hang the paper off the side of the bowl.
4. Place paper on a microwave safe dish and heat for 30-40 seconds at a time (time for drying will vary according to thickness of paper and make of microwave). Please make sure you monitor the drying process and do not exceed more than 40 seconds at a time. The paper will burn in the centre if left in the microwave for too long.
5. Once paper is dry, cut several petals at once (not pictured) making sure the grain runs with height.
6. Sculpt petals using cupping technique. You do this by holding either side of a petal with your thumbs and forefingers. Slowly stretch the entire width of the petal with both hands, using the thumbs to push into and cup the petal and the forefingers to stretch the paper away from the thumbs.
These put a smile on my face…:)
Kays Kids says
Lucy thank you so much for the tutorial. I think your flowers look great.
They look so real! Maybe I can give this a try. I love them!
White Weathered Hutch says
Very realistic!! Thanks for sharing!
Darrielle Tennenbaum says
So darn cute! I think I might have to try too!
Wow Lucy! they are beautiful and so real looking.
Julie Arthur says
These are beautiful. Have you ever thought of doing video tutorials? I know it would help me a lot more to be able to see the process! 🙂
Robin Johnson says
So pretty and real looking.
The flowers are beautiful. I agree with Julie I wish you would do a video tutorial. Please think about it.
Laurie Dickson says
I saw these in my news feed this morning, I thought beautiful flowers! I was them again in my news feed this afternoon with the heading, make these! What the what, I thought they were real, JUST AMAZING!!!!
Donna Wilkes says
So realistic and beautiful. I have been coming over from the DIY party to read your posts. I am a new follower now!
So beautiful, Lucy! x
Aki Altuna says
These are so pretty! I love them – stumbled on your blog via Craftgawker, following you now 🙂
Bettsi McComb says
Lucy, these are beautiful! Can’t believe they’re not real.
Oh my these are GORGEOUS! I adore these!
LUV, LUV, LUV…WANT TO DO THIS, BUT: YOUR PINK HAS BEAUTIFUL TRACES OF BROWN? HOW DO I DO THAT?
Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY says
Lucy, these are stunningly realistic looking. I just bought two books on making crepe paper flowers and I can’t wait to give it a try.
Your petals here are so pretty and delicate, I hope I can get mine to look half as good.
Always a pleasure to see your lovely projects and get inspired.
Have a great week and happy spring!
Holy Craft says
These are beautiful! I’m adding them to my “to make” list. Amazing!
Georgia Milton says
Oh, these paper flowers are gorgeous! They look like real! Loving them!
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Lynda Brandly says
These are absolutely gorgeous! I love them and will be trying to make some of my own.
love and blessings from your newest follower~
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These flowers are absolutely lovely ^_^
Krista thehappyhousie says
They are so STUNNING Lucy. I am always so amazed by your talent. Wow!
I love peony! Thank you! ^_^
Linda Kilsdonk says
Holy Toledo! These are incredibly beautiful! And they look so REAL! Gorgeous work. Love them. Linda @ http://www.paperseedlings.com
You never cease to amaze or inspire me. I am linking to this beautiful post on WeeFolkArt.com’s Facebook page. Thank you for sharing so much with us.
These are absolutely stunning!!!!!My favourite,favourite flowers.So pleased I happened upon your blog x.
Rebecca Ednie says
It’s a great tutorial but how did you do the more tightly Cupped flower? Thank you firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Gasquet says
Hi! I loved this so much I’m thinking about doing this as center pieces for my wedding!!! Could you share how to make the little flowers too??? And if you have any other DIY flower project, I would ABSOLUTELY appreciate it!
This is amazingly beautiful. Peonies have always been my favourite flower. Thank you for making a tutorial about it x
I’m in love! Beautiful! where do you usually purchase your crepe paper?
Colette Knake says
Love your flowers, simply stunning! Could you share what brand of crepe paper you used on the peonies please? I’m having trouble getting good results with the crepe I’m using. Thanks
Li Li says
I was totally speechless as I looked at your awesome creations. Your site is a gift to my heart! Thank you so much!!!!!
Eu nunca vi flores de crepon tão lindas e maravilhosas! parecem de verdade ou um truque fotografico! Elas são tão maravilhosas que eu não acho que eu seja capz de fazer.
Eu usei o tradutor do crome e analizei as fotos mas ainda estou com dificuldades.
eu realmente gostaria de faer as suas flores, voce teria como ajudar-me? tem algum video ou mais fotos?
Parabéns pelo trabalho é sensasional!
Hi. I’m curious as to how many flowers you think could be made from one roll of crepe paper. Could you guess at a possible number for me?
LOVE THESE! I am wanting to make some flowers like these for my daughter’s birthday! But, I can’t figure out an easy place to buy crepe paper, where do you get yours?
Hi Lucy, I just found you and your wonderful blog! Well, actually I started looking for peonies after reading an article on Colossal. I don’t know if you read it. Her name is Tiffanie Turner and she makes gigantic crepe flowers. Anyway, I’m busy, trying to write a blogpost about flowers and art. My blog is not yet!! online but I really want to refer to your peony tutorial. Thanks for sharing,
I think what you typed was actually very logical.
However, what about this? suppose you wrote a catchier
title? I ain’t saying your information is not solid.,
but what if you added something to possibly get a person’s attention? I mean Crepe Peony Tutorial is kinda boring.
You might peek at Yahoo’s home page and see how they write news titles to grab viewers
to click. You might add a related video or a related pic or two to grab readers
interested about everything’ve written. In my opinion, it could bring your blog a little bit more interesting.
Lovely flowers good to be used in the wedding
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