Well, hello there crafty friends! I sure do love the project I am sharing with you today. I have started playing with crepe paper the last few months, and I can’t believe how much fun it is to pair with watercolor paint. Crepe Paper is super absorbent and delicate, so with the right tools it can make the prettiest painted DIY paper flower topper, perfect to decorate a cake with!
DIY Paper Flower Cake Topper Supplies:
- Darice White Crepe Paper Sheets
- Studio 71 Watercolor Paints
- Darice Paint Brush
- Darice Hot Glue Gun
- Darice Scissors
To get started with your DIY paper flower topper, open your crepe paper packaging, and slide out the roll of crepe paper. Without unrolling it, just cut off a 5″ section from the top. Then, with your scissors, round the edges creating a flower petal shape.
After cutting 8-12 petals for each flower, you are then going to use your watercolor paints to paint the tips of each flower petal. Crepe paper tears very easily, so paint delicately! You can use your watercolor paints right from the tube, or water them down for a softer look.
After painting your petals, allow them to fully dry before gluing them together.
While they are drying, cut a 2 x 12″ piece of crepe paper, and hand cut fringe along one edge with scissors. Paint it yellow using the same process.
When the yellow paint has dried, roll the fringe using your hot glue gun. Just start at one end, pinch and roll the crepe paper while adding glue.
Starting with your yellow center, glue petals around the base, one at a time. Glue 8-12 petals to make one DIY paper flower. The amount of petals you glue will determine your flower size.
You can also use a pencil to gently roll the ends of the petals for a little more dimension. Crepe paper is really easy to shape, so you will really love how easily you can curl it.
For my cake topper, I made three flowers with three different paint colors. Because I cut the petals by hand, they each had their own unique look and feel. I think the more natural they look, the better!
I found that the red paint was really light, so I ended up adding more color overall to my flower. Don’t stress if your flowers don’t all look the same. It’s perfectly fine to just “dip” a tad of paint on some, and paint a larger area on others.
For my cake, I just gently laid the flowers on top. Place a layer of parchment paper down first so that your painted flowers aren’t touching the actual cake. You can easily glue skewer sticks to each DIY paper flower, if you feel like they need more stability.
You could also cut and paint some fun green leaves to go at the base of your flowers, if you like that look.
These wooden script DIY cake toppers would look great combined with your new DIY paper flower accents!
Happy crafting, friends!
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Natalie is a wife and mom to four fabulous children. Well, except the last one. She’s a bit of a stinker. Natalie is a full time crafter, thrifter, blogger, photographer and creator of Natalme.com. She has a studio in her home where she likes to hide from her children and watch Netflix on her iPad. I have done everything from being a power seller on eBay, to selling handmade goods and upcycled furniture at local boutiques and art fairs. In her free time, she volunteers for the Circle of Love Foundation and the Special Needs Youth Athletic Foundation, all in hopes of one day being forgiven for her constant use of profanity.