Pinterest makes me feel so uncrafty. Almost every “easy DIY craft” I see looks like it should be featured in the front windows of Anthropologie, and it’s kind of discouraging. Lately, I’ve been seeing the crêpe paper flowers being pinned and repinned, and they appear to be the saving-grace for the craftily-challenged.
Not only are these flowers beautiful and don’t require a lot of materials, they are a great twist on the classic Valentine’s Day gift. While giving a live bouquet is always appreciated – don’t get me wrong! – it’s almost akin to entrusting the recipient with a small pet, one which they have to maintain with water and regular sprucing. (Okay, maybe closer to a Chia pet.) So why not give a gift that has a slightly better chance of making it to the next Valentine’s Day?
I originally came across this idea through Green Wedding Shoes (picture credits to them as well!) – this site includes a great step-by-step guide that can be easily altered depending on the size and type of the flowers you want to make. All you need to make these flowers can be found at your typical craft store – Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics would be a good place to start.
- Crêpe paper – in assorted colors for the petals and green for leaves
- Stem wires
- Floral tape
- Craft Glue to attach the leaves (or you could just use more floral tape)
Martha Stewart‘s website includes a selection of petal templates for making all different types of flowers – think of the fantastic bouquet possibilities!
Which kind of flowers would you rather receive this Valentine’s Day?