Paper Flower Wreath – Crepe Paper Icelandic Poppies

Make a stunning autumn paper flower wreath using crepe paper Icelandic poppies in beautiful, rich colors!  Thank you to Bluprint for sponsoring this tutorial.

 

Click to learn how to make a stunning crepe paper flower wreath using an Icelandic Poppy template! You can make it for fall and autumn decor in rich reds, yellows, and oranges, or make it in Christmas colors as a Christmas wreath.

 

I have always been fascinated by how realistic crepe paper florists make their art. I’ve always wished I can do it, but never really tried because, I confess, I had given up before I started.

 

 

A couple of weeks ago, I used the Bluprint video series on crepe paper flowers by Kate Alarcón to learn this new skill. I was surprised at how much room there was for error, and how easy it was to put together something that looks realistic!

 

Crepe paper icelandic poppy

 

I decided to make a paper flower wreath for autumn using the Icelandic Poppy tutorial in the crepe paper flower series. I chose this flower specifically because in its natural form it comes in beautiful reds, oranges and yellows, which is perfect for fall decor!

 

 

Following along with the tutorial for the flowers made it simple for me. Kate really “dumbed it down”, and encouraged imperfection, which is a HUGE deal for me.  I was told everything I need and saw visually how to do it.

 

 

I just needed to follow the tutorial for the first flower I made. After that, I batch produced my flowers. First I did all the seed pods, then the stamens with the pollen, and then I took care of the petals and final flower assembly.

 

 

I admit, I was rather impressed with the end result of the crepe paper flowers. I dropped everything I was doing to make more. I find that when the end result is so fulfilling, I get so motivated to craft – for myself. Not for the kids, for the blog – just for myself. I know I’ll be making a lot more crepe paper flowers and plan to try every single flower in the series!

There are so many series on Bluprint that I want to try – the Beautiful Bags series, the Paper Arts series (which has so many projects for the holidays – gift wrapping, cards…) and the Blank Wall Overhaul.

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Of course, the series came with all the templates needed in an easy printable PDF. It also came with printable cut instructions.

 

 

To make the crepe paper flower wreath, I used a small 6 inch wreath form. You CAN make it as big as you like, but since I plan to display mine indoors, I kept it small. The actual final wreath measures about eleven inches wide.

 

 

You can use your paper flower wreath however you’d like. My favorite way is to use it as table decor.

You can place a candle or small vase in the center. Of course, you’re dealing with paper so if you’re using a candle take proper precautions and make sure there’s a safe barrier and distance between the flowers and the flame. Never leave it unattended.

 

 

 

Another favorite way to display this paper flower wreath is to string it between the knobs on our dining room hutch. It’s a great way to child-proof it during a Thanksgiving dinner when there are curious toddlers around…

 

 

 

You can also display it on a mantel, hang it on a weather-proof door, or even display it layered on an emty frame.

One of my absolute favorite features of this paper flower wreath: you don’t need to glue on the flowers! You can simply wrap them around! If you want them fixed into place, you can reinforce with glue. I left them loose so that they can be switched out seasonally.

For example, if you want to update it for Christmas, you can take out the yellows and oranges, and add some white flowers to the reds that are already there!

 

 

While the wreath form was mostly covered, some parts WILL show. I covered the wreath using the same crepe paper that I used on the seed pods so that the parts that peek blend in.

 

 

 

What you need to make a crepe paper flower wreath for fall:

  • Six crepe paper Icelandic Poppies made using this Bluprint series
  • A 6 inch wreath form
  • Green heavy crepe paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

 

How to make your paper flower wreath:

 

1. Cut strips of crepe paper about 1-1.5 inches wide and a few inches long. It’s easier to work with smallish pieces rather than a long strip. Pay attention to the direction of the grain of your crepe paper.

 

2. Start by gluing the beginning of one piece onto the wreath at an angle as pictured. Stretch the crepe paper slightly as you go along.

 

3. Continue wrapping your crepe paper, gluing it as you go, and stretching it slightly.

 

Wrap your whole wreath.

 

4. Cut another strip of crepe paper about 8 inches long. Stretch the edges to create a ruffle.

 

5. Reinforce it by gluing an un-stretched strip, slightly narrower than the previous, to the back of the ruffled strip.

 

6. Glue the ends to the inside top of your wreath, so that the unruffled strip from step five sits hidden on the inside. You now have a hanger.

 

7. Start adding your flowers! Wrap it so that it sits on the outside of the wreath if you want it to be larger than your original form.

 

And then straighten  your flower so that it sits facing forward.

 

8. Start by adding two directly opposite each other on the sides. Use the most similar colors for those so that you can create a balance.

 

Make sure all your flowers are being wrapped from the same direction – that the flowers all sit either on the inside or the outside of the wreath.

 

9. Add two more flowers below your original two.

 

10. And add your final two flowers on either side of the hanger!

 

 

If you want, you can glue your flowers in place to reinforce it, but it sits nicely as is too!

 

That’s it!

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Click to learn how to make your own crepe paper flower wreath and Autumn table decor perfect for Thanksgiving!

 

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Print the crepe paper flower wreath instructions:

Yield: Makes 1

Crepe Paper Flower Wreath

Prep Time: 3 hours
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $5
Make this beautiful crepe paper flower wreath from scratch! It's perfect for Autumn, but features interchangeable flowers so that you can update it for each season. (Sponsored by Bluprint

Materials

Instructions

1. Cut strips of crepe paper about 1-1.5 inches wide and a few inches long. It's easier to work with smallish pieces rather than a long strip. Pay attention to the direction of the grain of your crepe paper - it should run horizontally to the short side of the strip.

2. Start by gluing the beginning of one piece onto the wreath at an angle as pictured. Stretch the crepe paper slightly as you go along.

3. Continue wrapping your crepe paper, gluing it as you go, and stretching it slightly. Wrap your whole wreath.

4. Cut another strip of crepe paper about 8 inches long. Stretch the edges to create a ruffle.

5. Reinforce it by gluing an un-stretched strip, slightly narrower than the previous, to the back of the ruffled strip.

6. Glue the ends to the inside top of your wreath, so that the unruffled strip from step five sits hidden on the inside. You now have a hanger.

7. Start adding your flowers! Wrap it so that it sits on the outside of the wreath if you want it to be larger than your original form.

Straighten your flower so that it sits facing forward.

8. Start by adding two directly opposite each other on the sides. Use the most similar colors for those so that you can create a balance.

Make sure all your flowers are being wrapped from the same direction - that the flowers all sit either on the inside or the outside of the wreath.

9. Add two more flowers below your original two.

10. And add your final two flowers on either side of the hanger!

  

Notes

If you want, you can glue your flowers in place to reinforce it, but it sits nicely as is too!

Estimated cost is based on actual consumption. Product purchased in quantity will cost more.

Prep time is approximate time it took to prepare the Icelandic poppies. Active time is based on wreath assembly time.

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