DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea

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With a name like sweet pea, it’s hard not to fall head over heels in love with these flowers. They appear in nature in white, pink, and purple, and their unruly tendrils and branches make them a perfect mix of flower and foliage. I love how their tendrils curl and bend in unexpected ways – they add a lot of character to any arrangement, so I love using them as filler flowers.

I have to thank Livia Cetti and her book, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers for inspiring this DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea. Livia uses tissue paper to construct all of her exquisite paper flowers and they’re quite amazing! Her tutorials (including her dip dye bleach technique) are also very intricate and detailed; perfect summer reading for any paper floral artist!

I have based this simple DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea tutorial on Livia’s sweet pea tutorial from her book, tweaking a few steps to take advantage of the cupping and fluting techniques that can be used with crepe paper (and not tissue paper). I also reduced the size of the flowers and leaves.

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Before you start, here are my general comments:

1. I used fine crepe paper from The Paper Place (as usual), and I would recommend that you stick with a light weight or fine crepe paper. Sweet peas have such delicate blooms. The white and pink coloured blooms can look almost translucent. Heavy crepe paper (eg. 180 grams) would make this flower look too heavy. It’s also not necessary to use heavy crepe paper. This flower does not require a crepe with significant stretch, so using heavy crepe would be wasted on this flower.

2. I recommend you use 2 colours for this flower: one light for the inner petals and one darker for the outer petals. I dip dye bleached my hot pink crepe paper in advanced, which resulted in a strip of crepe paper that was ombre, with the top of the strip being a darker pink and the bottom of the strip being a lighter pink. The result was a very subtle colour difference between the inner and outer petals, which looked quite natural.

3. I make a habit of cutting my crepe paper into strips of 3” or 4” (by 40” or 10 folds) as most if not all of my paper flower petals fall within this range in size. Also, it’s easier to dip dye bleach the crepe paper if I keep them all similar width/length.

4. I often cut petals and leaves free-hand, and it is no different for this DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea. If you would rather not use the template, you can cut free-hand like me: Cut the crepe paper into square pieces of 2” x 2”, and cut a half-moon shape out of the top 1” of the piece. There, you’re done.

5. I will often only secure one leaf on branch, and then separately make a branch with multiple leaves and tendrils. I find it easier to maneuver leaf branches within an arrangement if they are separate from the flowers/blooms. However, if you are displaying the flower stem solely by itself, then it’s a good idea to attach a number of leaves and tendrils to the stem as it appears in nature.

6. You can click here for the templates for the DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea.

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And with that, here is the DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Pea tutorial:

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Please SHARE if you like this tutorial and spread the word! There can never be enough beautiful paper flowers in life!

Have an awesome weekend =)

~ Jessie

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Check out my other DIY Paper Flower tutorials here:

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation 2-Tone

DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea – Improved

DIY Paper Flower Boutonniere

DIY Paper Flower Hanging Glass Globes

And other helpful posts from my DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series here:

DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series: Planning

Purple and Gold Floral Wedding Centrepieces

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  • Janice LCJuly 8, 2016 - 6:36 pm

    AMAZING!! So prettyReplyCancel

    • JessieJuly 10, 2016 - 2:43 pm

      Aww thanks Janice! Thank you for your support, as always =)ReplyCancel

  • SueOctober 16, 2016 - 1:27 pm

    Hi Jessie, I absolutely love your flowers and thank you again for the templates! I made a rose this morning and it’s beautiful! I’m going to make the other one and was wondering which paper you used for it (the two-tone white one). I have both Lia’s wonderful papers and the Carte Fini. So much fun!! Thanks again 🙂 SueReplyCancel

    • JessieOctober 18, 2016 - 2:51 pm

      Hi Sue – Again, you’re very welcome. I’m so happy to hear that you were happy with your English rose! It’s nice to know that my tutorial was helpful. I assume you are asking about the Garden rose? I used extra fine crepe paper from The Paper Place in White and in French Vanilla and alternated the petals with each colour. It tricks the eye and the result is a rose in a colour in between the two. I love the effect because it both softens the starkness of the White and lightens the yellowness of the French Vanilla. If you have Lia’s crepe paper, I suggest you try experimenting with her White, Vanilla, and Chiffon. In fact, the French Vanilla I used fits in between Lia’s Vanilla and Chiffon on the colour wheel. Have fun!ReplyCancel

    • JessieOctober 18, 2016 - 2:58 pm

      Hi Sue – I re-read your comment, and now I wonder, were you asking about the 2-tone Carnation? If so I used white streamer for it, but you can easily use a long piece of white fine crepe paper 2″ x 45″ (which I would prefer). Although I recommend using fine crepe (like Lia’s) you could use the 180 gram from Carte Fini if you wanted a stiffer flower.ReplyCancel

      • SueOctober 28, 2016 - 3:02 pm

        Hi Jessie, I didn’t realize you replied to me. Somehow I didn’t get a notice in my email. I’m here looking at Sweet Peas lolYou were correct the first time. I was referring to the garden Rose. I used the fine paper as well and got great results. I’m really enjoying the finer paper. I didn’t know it existed until Lia started selling hers. Your website is so inspirational!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks again and if you ever do a Ranunculus tutorial I’d love it. I’ve made several but not that happy with them. But I have many more successes than failures so it’s all good! I also saw the photo of your precious baby, ohhhhh my!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SueReplyCancel

        • JessieOctober 29, 2016 - 4:24 pm

          Hi Sue! I will look into the email notification. Since changing my website theme, this might have slipped through the cracks. I’m extremely happy to hear that you enjoy my work! It’s very fulfilling to know that other paper flower crafters like yourself find my tutorials and posts helpful and inspirational. I really only post because I want to share what I’ve learned along the way. I will keep in mind that you are looking for a Ranunculus tutorial. The version I’ve been making is too time consuming, so I am trying to find a way to reduce the tediousness without reducing the quality of the flower. Thank you again for following along! Our little baby says “Hi”!ReplyCancel

        • JessieOctober 29, 2016 - 5:03 pm

          Sue – I just tested the email notification for updated comment. It appears to be working (at least during my testing). When you checked off “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” or “Notify me of new posts by email” you should have received an initial email asking you to confirm your subscription first. After you confirmed your subscription, then you should start receiving the emails notifying you of a new comment and/or new post. See if my comments above resolves the issue for you. If not, let me know and I can look into it further.ReplyCancel

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