I’m happy to be joining in this week for the Cricut Summer of Flowers! Click the picture to visit all the hosts. I decided to make a crepe paper peony tutorial and add the flower to one of the wood signs I just made.
Have you made any crepe paper flowers before? I’ve been kind of intimidated by them in the past. I think because they look so realistic, I assumed they must be really difficult. But honestly, they’re not! Plus, the more I play around with making them, the easier it is of course. (some links affiliate)
If you have the Lia Griffith crepe paper flower book, you will get a code to download the flower template. You could also search for this image in Design Space. #M87C8001 will give you similar cutouts to make a peony similar to this one.
Cut out the petals from one of the pink crepe paper colors. Make sure that the grain of the crepe paper goes up and down – the top to bottom direction of the petals.
Use the rotary blade in the Cricut Maker and search for the crepe paper setting. It cuts out the paper beautifully. Cut the leaves from green and the rectangle from yellow. Be sure that the grain goes the short direction on the rectangle.
Read more about the Maker Rotary Blade here
Peel away the extra paper, then use a small scraper to lift up the flower pieces. You don’t want to stretch them out of shape.
Once all the pieces are cut, gently stretch the centers of each petal piece with your thumbs. Stretch the edges of the wavy petals a little to give them a bit more ruffle, but don’t stretch the edges of the smooth petals.
With scissors, cut fringe lines in the light yellow rectangle. Leave some space at the bottom so it’s not cut all the way through. Twist each cut fringe piece.
Roll and dip the ends into some yellow paint. Unroll and let dry.
Start the flower by wrapping and gluing the pink circle of crepe paper around the foam ball.
When the yellow paint is dry, roll the fringe again and glue to the top of the covered ball.
Glue the wavy petals first, spacing in thirds around the bottom of the ball.
Then start layering the larger petals, continuing to rotate their location around the ball.
The final step is to glue on a leaf or two.
I added this flower to the wood name sign I made, and I think it’s the perfect finishing touch!
You can watch Lia assemble the flower here too.
I also love the crepe paper ranunculus I made a while ago too.
I hope you’ve liked this crepe paper peony tutorial. But if crepe paper isn’t your thing, you can still check out all these other ways to make flowers with your Cricut machine. Watch all week for posts to be added to this link up!
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