Try This Valentine’s Craft: Crepe Paper Flowers

Are you looking for a little love token to give a valentine or palentine without breaking the bank? Go DIY this Valentine’s Day with some handmade Crepe Paper Chocolate Cosmos from Lia Griffith’s Crepe Paper Flowers: The Beginner’s Guide to Making and Arranging Beautiful Blooms. The full project can be found below, swoon-y feelings not included.

Whether you plan on making a bouquet, a wreath, or just a bloom or two, we have the perfect audiobooks to keep you company while you craft:

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COSMOS

The autumnal chocolate COSMOS was my inspiration for the deep plums and reds that make up this bloom. I made these petals from heavy crepe paper to replicate the feathery texture of the cosmos, though extra-fine or double-sided crepe paper would also create a beautiful flower. I love to mix cosmos into bouquets with other blossoms. Their handsome simplicity also allows them to stand alone in a pretty napkin ring, gift topper, or heart-shaped twig wreath.

MATERIALS

heavy crepe paper in plum, aubergine, merlot, ruby, and gold
frosted text-weight paper in fairway and botanic
18- and 24-gauge green floral wire
floral tape in moss

COSMOS STEPS

1. Cut petals, stamens, and sepals out of heavy crepe paper, according to template notes. Cut leaves out of frosted text-weight paper.

2. Use pinking sheers to trim edges of two stamen
1. With curling tool, fold stamen 2 (large) in half against the grain.

3. With detail scissors, fringe all three stamen pieces. Fringe stamen 2 along the fold.

4. Bend tip of floral wire with needle-nose pliers. Wrap large fringed stamen around wire, gluing into place.

5. Glue two small fringed stamens together at base.

6. Wrap small fringed stamen around center and glue into place.

7. With curling tool, shape petals.

8. Glue four petals under center.

9. Glue remaining four petals under center.

10. Attach sepals with glue at base of flower.

11. Wrap stem with floral tape.

12. Glue frosted text-weight paper leaf onto floral wire and finish by wrapping with floral tape.

the cosmos flower
As a native to Mexico, the cosmos comes in many colors and varieties. The meaning of this bloom is “love flower,” and it offers a special sentiment when it is given to a sweetheart.
The cosmos reminds us to see the beauty that surrounds us every day and to treasure the ones we hold closest to our hearts.

Reprinted from Crepe Paper Flowers: The Beginner’s Guide to Making and Arranging Beautiful Blooms. Copyright © 2018 by Lia Griffith. Photographs by Lia Griffith. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.