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DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea
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With a name like sweet pea, it’s hard not to fall head over heels in love with these flowers. They appear in nature in white, pink, and purple, and their unruly tendrils and branches make them a perfect mix of flower and foliage. I love how their tendrils curl and bend in unexpected ways - they add a lot of character to any arrangement, so I love using them as filler flowers.

I have to thank Livia Cetti and her book, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers for inspiring this DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea. Livia uses tissue paper to construct all of her exquisite paper flowers and they’re quite amazing! Her tutorials (including her dip dye bleach technique) are also very intricate and detailed; perfect summer reading for any paper floral artist!

I have based this simple DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea tutorial on Livia’s sweet pea tutorial from her book, tweaking a few steps to take advantage of the cupping and fluting techniques that can be used with crepe paper (and not tissue paper). I also reduced the size of the flowers and leaves.

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Before you start, here are my general comments:

1. I used fine crepe paper from The Paper Place (as usual), and I would recommend that you stick with a light weight or fine crepe paper. Sweet peas have such delicate blooms. The white and pink coloured blooms can look almost translucent. Heavy crepe paper (eg. 180 grams) would make this flower look too heavy. It’s also not necessary to use heavy crepe paper. This flower does not require a crepe with significant stretch, so using heavy crepe would be wasted on this flower.2. I recommend you use 2 colours for this flower: one light for the inner petals and one darker for the outer petals. I dip dye bleached my hot pink crepe paper in advanced, which resulted in a strip of crepe paper that was ombre, with the top of the strip being a darker pink and the bottom of the strip being a lighter pink. The result was a very subtle colour difference between the inner and outer petals, which looked quite natural.3. I make a habit of cutting my crepe paper into strips of 3” or 4” (by 40” or 10 folds) as most if not all of my paper flower petals fall within this range in size. Also, it’s easier to dip dye bleach the crepe paper if I keep them all similar width/length.4. I often cut petals and leaves free-hand, and it is no different for this DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea. If you would rather not use the template, you can cut free-hand like me: Cut the crepe paper into square pieces of 2” x 2”, and cut a half-moon shape out of the top 1” of the piece. There, you’re done.5. I will often only secure one leaf on branch, and then separately make a branch with multiple leaves and tendrils. I find it easier to maneuver leaf branches within an arrangement if they are separate from the flowers/blooms. However, if you are displaying the flower stem solely by itself, then it’s a good idea to attach a number of leaves and tendrils to the stem as it appears in nature.6. You can click here for the templates for the DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea.

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And with that, here is the DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea tutorial:

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 Please SHARE if you like this tutorial and spread the word! There can never be enough beautiful paper flowers in life!Have an awesome weekend =)~ Jessie

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Check out my other DIY Paper Flower tutorials here:

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation 2-Tone

DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea - Improved

DIY Paper Flower Boutonniere

DIY Paper Flower Hanging Glass Globes

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Peas

And other helpful posts from my DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series here:

DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series: Planning

Purple and Gold Floral Wedding Centrepieces

Paper Flower Arrangement Workshop at The Paper Place

Paper-Flower-Arrangement-Workshop-Poster-V4-#DIY-#tutorial-#paperflower-#centrepiece-#flowerarrangement-#crepepaper Last week I told you about the upcoming Paper Flower Arrangement Workshop that I am hosting at The Paper Place in Toronto. I now have the details for you all!The Paper Flower Arrangement Workshop will be held on July 19th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We will be making 2 types of paper flowers, an open-face peony and a carnation, along with basic greenery leaves. At the end of the workshop, you will take home a small flower arrangement, similar to the one you see in the photo above! All materials are included. Cost per person is $65 plus HST. You may register in person at The Paper Place (887 Queen Street West, Toronto) or by telephone (416-703-0089) with a credit card. Other details can be found at www.thepaperplace.ca or via Instagram (@thepaperplace).You can contact me or The Paper Place directly if you have any questions about the workshop.I look forward to seeing some of you at the workshop! It's going to be AWESOME and you won't want to miss it!!!Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with The Paper Place, however, as the instructor of the Paper Flower Arrangement Workshop on July 19th, there is an instructor fee and I will be remunerated through a portion of the fees paid by each student to participate in this workshop. ~ Jessie

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea: Improved
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DIY-Paper-Tissue-Hydrangea-Update-glued-centre-#tissuepaper-#paperflowers-#wedding-#centrepiece-#bridalshower-#DIY-#Tutorial-#homedecor-#hydrangeaThere are times when I make a paper flower and I adore how it turns out...at least initially. Later on, as I look at it more and more or as I think about it more and more, I decide that I could have done better and there must be another technique I could use or another way of making it that would make the paper flower even more realistic or pleasing to my eye.There is always room for improvement.My DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea has always been a filler flower for me, so I have never really thought too much about the technique I use to make them, other than the colour of the tissue paper (for example, dye bleaching it to create depth) and the size of the bloom (small enough to use between flowers). But the other say, as I was grocery shopping, I came across some beautiful purple hydrangea and after examining them up close again,  I wanted to revise my paper flower version. The petals surround a little round knob in its centre, which is missing in my original version of the DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea.So today, I tried to correct that omission by applying a glob of tacky glue, coloured with a little light purple gauche paint. Using a mini bottle with a small tip, I applied the glob by squeezing it into the centre of the petals and letting it dry. Once dry, the glue turns a darker shade of purple.DIY-Paper-Tissue-Hydrangea-Update-applying glue-#tissuepaper-#paperflowers-#wedding-#centrepiece-#bridalshower-#DIY-#Tutorial-#homedecor-#hydrangeaAlthough I applied the glue directly to my finished hydrangea from my DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea tutorial, I think I would recommend applying it to the petals prior to putting the hydrangea together. In fact, I would revise the steps like so for this improved version:

  • Instead of putting the stems together in Step 2 prior to gluing on the hydrangea petals/buds, I would glue the hydrangea petals/buds to each small piece of stems first.
  • Then, apply the glue glob centre and let it dry with the stem placed upright on a piece of foam.
  • Once the glue is dried, cover the entire stem with floral tape, starting from the bottom of the petal/bud where you glued it to the stem with glue gun.
  • Finally, tape each stem (10) to the stem wire to create the final product.

I have also considered using a round topped stamen to the centre of the petal before gluing it down...I think I will try that technique next and see how it turns out.DIY-Paper-Tissue-Hydrangea-Update-with-paint-and-glue-bottle-#tissuepaper-#paperflowers-#wedding-#centrepiece-#bridalshower-#DIY-#Tutorial-#homedecor-#hydrangeaI've been pondering my technique of the DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation for some time now, as I was experimenting with a single-ply crepe paper and was able to make some beautiful and delicate carnations. I was also experimenting with using mainly floral tape and tacky glue (no glue gun use) and was able to be quite successful with both. I will tell you about it in a later post.Happy making!~ Jessie

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Check out my other DIY Paper Flower tutorials here:

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation 2-Tone

DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea - Improved

DIY Paper Flower Boutonniere

DIY Paper Flower Hanging Glass Globes

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Peas

And other helpful posts from my DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series here:

DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series: Planning

Purple and Gold Floral Wedding Centrepieces