Learn how to make gorgeous, realistic and full looking peonies out of crepe paper with a Cricut Maker cutting machine. The Cricut makes cutting these so quick and easy, and the result is a beautiful Spring or Summer decor addition to your home. These would also make great DIY party or wedding decorations!
This post is part of a seasonal blog hop with some of my favourite blogging friends! Make sure to visit all the links at the bottom of this post to get more beautiful DIY paper ideas for Spring!
You all probably know by now that I'm a flower-a-holic and love to DIY floral-inspired things a lot - especially in the Spring! I've made fabric peonies before, but I thought it would be fun to try and make some crepe paper peonies this time.
I'm smitten with how these ones turned out, and they're SO easy to make with the help of my Cricut Maker. You can use the rotary cutting tool on the Maker machine to easily cut crepe paper and make each petal on these peonies absolutely perfect. I have a few ideas on how I might incorporate these into my Spring decor this year, so stay tuned for that!
Here's how to make these beautiful crepe paper peonies with a Cricut Maker
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Materials & Tools:
- Cricut Maker (you could alternatively cut the petal shapes out by hand)
- Cricut Fabric Mat
- Styrofoam Balls
- Floral Wire
- Lia Griffith Crepe Paper in Secret Garden
- Glue Gun + Glue Sticks
Using this Crepe Paper Peonies Project File on Cricut Design Space, cut out 6 sets of peony petals onto the crepe paper. I was able to cut 2 sets onto each of the 3 pink colours in the Lia Griffith crepe paper pack. You can also cut one sheet of the center filament shapes on some yellow paper.
Alternatively, you can freehand & cut out the petal shapes by hand. The small petals are about 2.5" W x 3.5"H, the medium are about 2.5" W x 3.75" H, and the large petals are about 2.75" W x 4" H.
I find about 24 petals per flower seems to be a good size, but you could use more or less depending on the size of peony you'd like to make.
*Make sure that the grain of the crepe paper runs UP AND DOWN when cutting the petals so that you can stretch them the right way later to create a petal shape.*
To make the closed-center peonies:
Stretch and then wrap one of the large petals around one of the styrofoam balls. If some of the bottom of the ball is showing, that's OK! You'll cover it later with petals. Use hot glue to tack the paper in place. This will form the center of your flower.
Gently stretch the remaining petals in their centers, creating a realistic-looking petal shape.
Starting with the smallest size of petals, put a dab of hot glue on the small bottom section of the petal.
Attach the bottom of the petal to the bottom of the wrapped styrofoam ball, wrapping the petal around the ball.
Continue adding petals to the ball base in a spiral motion. Overlap the petals as you go, and have each layer slightly higher than the last to create a classic peony shape.
Move from the smallest size petals, to the medium sized ones, and end with the larges sized petals.
To make the opened-center peonies:
Take the yellow filament pieces you've cut, and twist each fringe. Cut some floral wire to about 10" long, and then wrap the filament piece around the top of the wire, tacking it down with hot glue.
Now you can shape and place the peony petals in the same manner as you made the closed-center flower, wrapping them around this center filament piece.
Similar to the closed-center flower, overlap the petals slightly and go from the smallest to the largest size.
Have fun paper crafting!
Now it's time for more Spring paper DIY ideas from my blogging friends. Click on on the links below to go to the posts!
17 Spring Paper Craft Ideas
Spring Stationery and Garland Set - The Handmade Home // Spring Printable Art - Lolly Jane // Simple All-Occasion Printable Gift Tags - Tatertots & Jello // DIY Contact Paper Placemats - My Sweet Savannah
DIY Paper Hydrangeas - Happy Happy Nester // Crepe Paper Magnolia DIY - Craftberry Bush // DIY Cupcake Liner Flowers - Zevy Joy // DIY Butterfly Cloche and Printable - A Blue Nest // Free Spring Floral Print - Taryn Whiteaker
How to Make Paper Flowers for Spring - My 100 Year Old Home // A Paper Scroll Styled 3 Ways For Spring - She Gave It A Go // Crepe Paper Peonies with Cricut Maker - The DIY Mommy // Funny Spring Printable - Cassie Bustamante