Crepe Paper Flowers–Spring or Easter

This was always a fun Spring or Easter project with the special needs children that I worked with, camp kids and also my own children.  These flowers may require a bit of help from an adult with younger children, but most children of about 7 and up, can do these by themselves, once they get hang of it.

You can get help with visuals on this on Martha Stewart’s website  although done slightly different.

Choose Pastel pkgs. of crepe paper and also a dark green.

Leaving crepe paper folded as in pkg. , cut about 3″ to 4″ fold band of crepe paper.  You may flute edges by pinching them out using both hands to make to stretch slightly the top edge of paper.

Start gathering crepe paper at base at base and slowing gather to spread the flower petals out.  When desired size is reached, cut off the rest of the paper. Secure base of flower with fine wire.

Form stem with pipe cleaners and wrap these with green crepe paper, which has been reviously cut into a one inch strip. Wrap tightly among the stem and up to the base of the flower.  This makes a lovely, long lasting flower or flower arrangement.  GREAT GIFTS for Grandma and Grandpa!

(Contrasting center can be made by using different shades of crept paper on same flower).

See flowers on Paper Plate Hats!  This is another use for the flowers.

There are many fun Easter ideas and recipes.

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