Making Patterns for Crepe Paper Flowers

By Faith Chandler
Crepe paper flowers are used in holiday displays too.

Create crepe paper flowers that last forever -- no watering needed, and no wilting. This unique tissue paper craft, once popular for decorating graves, now represents a popular year-round home decoration. Start your craft with a few easy crepe flower patterns.

Making the Paper Flower Template

A flower paper template pattern is essential when you're cutting out a large number of petals for your crepe flowers. Use a piece of sturdy cardstock for your pattern template. You can cut out several copies for group projects and craft activities so there are plenty to go around. Use a marker to draw the pattern template and then cut it out with scissors. Be sure to write the name of the flower on the template in marker.

Rose Pattern

While roses appear elaborate when finished, you need only two simple templates to create the petals. Both templates are teardrop shapes. Use a 2-inch-long teardrop for the outer petals and a 1 3/4-inch-long teardrop for the inner petals; you can vary the sizes if you wish. A small rose is made with five inner and seven outer petals. The curved shape of the petals is created by gently pulling the crepe paper at the center.

Dahlia Pattern

The continuous-petal method is perfect for creating flowers with petals of all the same shape and size -- such as the dahlia. Cut a rectangle of cardstock that is about 4 1/2 inches long by 3 3/4 inches wide. Draw a line lengthwise down the center of the rectangle. Mark and cut vertical slits -- about 1/2 inch wide -- in one side of the rectangle to the center line. You should end up with seven slits, or petals. Cut each petal to a point just like the pointed end of a dahlia petal. About 32 inches of crepe paper strips are needed from this template to create one dahlia.

Sweet Pea Pattern

For a simple sweet pea template, you will need only a circle -- about 2 to 3 inches in diameter -- cut from the cardstock for your petals. Cut out two petals -- one each from a different color of crepe paper. The outer petal is gently stretched around one side to create a ruffled effect. The inner petal is layered just under this ruffle. The two petals are pinched together in the center and wrapped to secure. You pull both ends of the petals up and spread them outward to create the sweet pea. A calyx template to wrap around the outside of the flower is created from a narrow strip with wide triangular points.