Tuesday, December 8, 2015

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia

I love making paper flowers! I have been a huge fan of crepe paper flowers for the longest time, but only recently started making my own flowers and patterns.  I am super excited to share my first DIY crepe paper poinsettia pattern with you today!  

Luxurious, easy to work with, and hard to wreck, crepe paper is the ideal medium for making paper flowers and plants.  It stretches and bends in ways that make leaves and petals look extra lifelike.  This DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia plant will make your home come alive at the holidays for years to come. 

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Beautiful!

In just a few hours on a weekend, you can make a crepe paper poinsettia plant of your very own.  This entire plant measures approximately 16" tall by 14" wide.  Your arrangement may vary depending on how you arrange your stems or how tall you cut your stems.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Beautiful!
This poinsettia bouquet is made up of three separate poinsettia stems arranged in a single pot.  You could easily make a larger arrangement by making additional poinsettia stems.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Beautiful!
Each poinsettia stem measures approximately 10" across.  You could create a simple arrangement out of a single stem, or even use them to decorate your Christmas tree or holiday mantel.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Beautiful!
I happened to find a package of mixed gold jingle bells at my local craft store and love the way the shiny, matte, and glittered jingle bells look together. 

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Beautiful!
And here's another closeup of one of the poinsettia stems because, you know, they're pretty.  

Now let's get started making your very own DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia

DIY Crepe Poinsettia Supplies: 

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How to Make Mitered Crepe Paper Leaves

This technique is the heart of the crepe paper poinsettia plant.  Mitering the crepe paper leaves create angles on the leaves that give it a realistic midvein (big vein in the middle) and secondary veins (smaller veins that radiate from the central midvein).  Master this technique, and you'll be able to make realistic looking leaves for all of your crepe paper creations. 

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.
Start by cutting crepe paper into strips.  The width will vary depending on what size square you are cutting (sizing and quantity below). Using a rotary cutter, if available, is the quickest way I have found to cut crepe paper into smaller pieces.  However, you can absolutely cut the crepe paper by hand also.  This part of the project takes the longest, but will yield very satisfying results.  


Crepe Paper Square Size Chart

(Makes 3 large poinsettia stems)

  • Large red leaves--4"x4" (cut 15)
  • Medium red leaves--4"x3 1/2" (cut 15)
  • Small red leaves--3"x3" (cut 9)
  • Large green leaves--5"x5" (cut 15)
  • Medium green leaves--4 1/2"x 4 1/2" (cut 9)

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia
Using a ruler, cut each the strip of crepe paper into squares according to the size chart above.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Mitered crepe paper leaves tutorial.
Using a ruler and a rotary cutter (or scissors), cut each square across at a diagonal.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Mitered crepe paper leaves tutorial.
Flip one of the triangle pieces over so the lines on the crepe paper create a V pattern.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Mitered crepe paper leaves tutorial.
Apply a small bead of Alene's Tacky Glue (recommended) to the long edge of one of the triangles.  Place the other triangle on top.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Mitered crepe paper leaves tutorial.
Pinch the glued edge together, working from side to side, sealing the two triangles together.  TIP: Keep baby wipes on hand to wipe your fingers down between leaves.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Mitered crepe paper leaves tutorial.
After the triangles have dried (about an hour), gently open and press evenly along the seam.  Flatten the glued seam along the back of the square.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Mitered crepe paper leaves tutorial.
Place the leaf template on top of the square, matching the seams, and cut around the template.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Mitered crepe paper leaves tutorial.
When you are done, you should have 15 large red leaves, 15 medium red leaves, and 9 small red leaves. 

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Mitered crepe paper leaves tutorial.
Attach the red stem wire by applying a thin bead of hot glue along the seam on the back of the leaves.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Mitered crepe paper leaves tutorial.
Gently press the stem wire into the bead of hot glue.  TIP: Use a low temperature glue gun so you don't burn the heck out of your fingers.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Mitered crepe paper leaves tutorial.
You should now have 15 large red leaves, 15 medium red leaves, and 9 small red leaves.  They are so pretty, you'll want to ooooh and aaaah over them for just a bit.  



Gold Jingle Bell Poinsettia Flowers

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.
Attach 3/8" gold jingle bells to the top of a piece of white floral wire, wrapping the end of the wire around the end of the jingle bell.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.
Wrap seven jingle bell stems together with white floral tape, taping the entire stem all the way to the bottom. 

Creating the Poinsettia Stems: Attaching the Red Leaves

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia
Gently bend the stem wire on the small and medium red leaves approximately 1/2" from the end of the leaf.  Bend the stem wire on the large red leaves approximately 1" from the end of the leaf. 

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia
Attach the red leaves to the stem starting from top to bottom.  Using green floral tape, attach three small red leaves to the stem approximately 1" from the bottom of the jingle bells.  TIP: Stretch the floral tape as you wrap it around the stem to activate the adhesive and create a good seal.  

Continue wrapping green floral tape down the stem attaching 5 medium red leaves about 1/2" from the bottom of the small red leaves.  Continue wrapping green floral tape around the stem and attach 5 large red leaves about 3/4" from the bottom of the medium red leaves.

Don't worry about the exact arrangement of the leaves at this time.  The flexibility of the stem wire will allow you to arrange the leaves later.  


Creating the Poinsettia Stems: Attaching the Green Leaves

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia
Using the same mitered leaf technique, make 15 large green leaves and 9 medium green leaves.  

Continue to wrap the stem with green floral tape and begin adding large green leaves starting about 1" from the last red leaf.  Space 5 large green leaves about 1" apart as you move down the stem.  Place 2-3 medium green leaves about 3/4" apart below the large green leaves.  Arrange your leaves in a spiral arrangement starting from top to bottom.  

Continue wrapping the entire stem until you reach the end.   Trim any excess wire so your stem is an appropriate height for your container.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia
Place a block of floral foam in the bottom of a decorative pot.  When your poinsettia stems are complete, arrange them in the foam and push them down until they touch the bottom of the pot.  Use Spanish moss (or other natural filler) to fill the pot and cover the floral foam.  

DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia.  Beautiful!
Gently curve and bend the individual leaves to add depth to your arrangement. Now you have a gorgeous, non-toxic (BONUS!), poinsettia plant that will fill your home with the joys of the season for years to come.  TIP: Store your poinsettia for next year by loosely draping with a plastic bag and setting on a high shelf (away from the kids and cats). 

Thanks for stopping by and have a very Merry Christmas! 

Amanda

If you like this project, you may also like these: 

Ombre Paper Flower Bouquet


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3 comments:

  1. Wow!!!!! These poinsettia flowers are just gorgeous! Thank you so much for the tutorial'

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  2. Phenomenal. Wow wow wow! What beautiful flowers and one of THE best and clearest tutorials I have ever read. THANK YOU. Pinning this.
    <3 J

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