Thursday, May 6, 2010

Crepe Bouquet

Nearby there's a faded yellow apartment house, the one on the corner trimmed with white fluted pilasters and creeping dark ivy. A small tree grows in the side yard, casting a spray of spindly branches up over the tall hedge that hems it in against the street. I've measured nearly two years by those branches, passing under them en route to campus. Looking up to see their barren silhouette against the gray chill of December. Watching them alight with five-petaled buds in the cloudless blue of late spring.Now, those branches are dusted with petals in the slightest shade of pink and the season is fully fledged. Today I bring you an appropriately springtime craft that I created for Janie's wonderful site The Bride's Cafe. I hope you'll head on over to see more photos and complete instructions for making your own crepe paper bouquet.

28 comments:

Marsha said...

It's beautiful.

S.W.A.K.

Sarah Knight said...

Very lovely, & light, & airy : )

Cate Tuten said...

These flowers are AMAZING! Beautiful!! I love your art and writing, Livy! And your name. Blessings, Cate

MayaLee Photography said...

They look so real! Beautiful!

Robin said...

breathtaking!

q-bella said...

Everything you do is perfect. I love your stuff.

cindy said...

they are just beautiful, livy!

Kat said...

Breathtaking is an understatement. I thought they were real. I love you vase and your writing brings such life to your paper flowers!

Jas. said...

oh my how lovely!

Kelly said...

If only my crepe paper flowers look .99999 percent as lovely.

Shannon.Doran. said...

Stunning! I love how realistic the petals look. I will have to look into making some crepe flowers! But I have to say my favorite part is the cascading leaves - how were those made??

moonrox said...

So beautiful! I really had to look twice to see that they were crepe paper! You did an amazing job!

Livy said...

Hi Shannon - the leaves are made with basically the same technique (floral tape and wire). I just cut out a bunch of small leaves free hand and attached them to a wire using floral tape.

Barbara said...

So so beautful

S.L.North said...

I'm so excited that you posted a how-to on these flowers!! :)
I saw one that was similar in a previous post (the gilded garland) and loved it, and was in the process of trying to figure them out.
Brilliant use of the glass bead stuff, they are so beautiful in those flower centers.
Lovely, lovely work. :D

noella said...

wooow gorgeous!! would look lovely in a tea party and wouldnt break the bank! thaaanks for the diy, just what I needed on a sunny sunday morning..

http://noellas.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

Hi Livy,

I love these flowers so much! I got all of the materials to make them but I am having the hardest time when I actually go to start rolling them. They end up like tight buds with a huge bulge at the bottom. How do get your flowers to look like they have bloomed? Thanks Livy!!

Livy said...

Hi Kelly!

The first few flowers can be tricky. I definitely had a pile of duds when I was figuring out how to cut and assemble these, and it took some practice to get the rolling/taping thing down. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. The key thing is to make sure you are gathering the crepe paper as you're taping it. Think of it like gathering the fabric of a full skirt before you attach it to a waistband. This will really ensure that the flowers get the ruffly look. The hardest part is then making sure that you get a secure hold with the tape. I had to redo a few of my flowers because in my attempt to make sure they were really gathered, some segments of the crepe paper didn't make contact with the tape. This aspect takes the most practice.

2. It's ok to move down the stem a little as you're turning and taping. Especially as you get toward the outer petals of the flower you can start to taper down the stem just a bit.

3. Fluff and style the petals at the end. Be sure that you've cut the crepe paper so that the grain runs vertically on the petals (see instructions for more clarity). You'll then be able to gently stretch the petals once the flower is made for a more realistic look.


I hope this is helpful :)

Tessa Marie said...

Simply gorgeous! I absolutely thought they were real flowers at first glance. Hope to try my hand at them soon! All of your projects are so lovely.

Madera Design said...

i love adding a bit of nature to my designs as well. right now i have planter boxes in my studio with living plants, but unfortunately, the plants have some sort of disease on them. i think I'm going to make me some fake plants and flowers and i won't have to worry about all these cacti and flowers dying on me. i'll keep you posted! this was a great idea.
http://maderadesign-livinginart.blogspot.com/

{beth} said...

these are gorgeous.

On A Lark said...

I am without words! These are so pretty, can't wait to try my hand at it.

Sweet Daisy-May said...

Absolutely beautiful!

I just wanted to let you know that I added a link on my blog to this tutorial as I am in the midst of a 'ruffle' theme and this fit perfectly! I hope it drives even more traffic to your site to see this incredible work of art...

lana @ make a house a home said...

these are just perfect!

Beth said...

I thought they were real! So lovely!

Liz V. said...

oh no! the link to the tutorial is broken!

these really are stunning.

Liz V. said...

oh no! the link to the tutorial is broken... is it still available?

these really are stunning.

decor8 Holly said...

This is beautiful, I love it! My mother always made these growing up and did some for my bridal shower but I'd forgotten about them as actual arrangements in vases. Yours are stunning.

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