Crepe Paper Flowers: Potted Orchids

Early last week, I took another crepe paper flower class with Lynn Dolan at Castle in the Air.  This time we learned how to make a potted orchid plant.

We started out by wrapping the tips of 18 gauge wire with strips of yellow crepe paper to form the carpels of the the flowers.

Carpels for orchids

Carpels for orchids

Next, we cut out the tiny inner pieces that cover the carpels out of contrasting doublette crepe paper. (Sorry I don’t know the correct botanical terminology for the parts of the orchid!)  I chose a deep orange color for mine.  We then glued these pieces around each carpel.

Attaching the inner orange part to carpel

 

Inner orange piece attached to each carpel

 

4 inner orange parts attached to carpel

Next, we cut out the five petals of each flower from a lighter, contrasting color of doublette crepe and glued them on around the centers.  I chose white for my petals.

Attaching 2 large side petals to orchid

Gluing on the 2 matching side petals of the orchid.  The petals were first slightly folded back before attaching.

Orchid with all 5 petals attached

Orchid with all 5 petals attached

The petals were slightly curled back to give them a more life-like appearance.

Petals curled back

Petals slightly curled back

We made an orchid bud by first taking a piece of Kleenex tissue and balling it up to form the center. Then we cut three small petals out of light green florist crepe and glued them around the tissue center, working the edges to tamp the petals down so that the tissue was covered up.  We cut three more small petals and glued them around the inner petals to complete the bud.

Gluing on petals for orchid bud

Gluing on petals for orchid bud

Lynn melted some wax to let those of us who wanted, dip our flowers for a translucent effect.  I decided to dip just my bud, but not the open flowers.

Orchid bud dipped in wax

Orchid bud dipped in wax

Orchid bud dipped in wax 2

We then wrapped the stems of each of the flowers and bud with strips of dark green crepe and wrapped them together to form a single stem of three orchids and a bud.

Next, we cut four long leaves out of green florist crepe.  Each leaf was composed of a single cut-out of crepe.  We wrapped a piece of 22-gauge floral wire with a strip of crepe and glued it onto the center of each leaf for the leaf stem.

Leaves for orchid

Leaves for orchid

We brushed the tops of the leaves with glossy Mod Podge to give them that signature sheen.

Mod Podge-coated leaf

Mod Podge-coated leaf

Lynn gave each student a small terra cotta flower pot that she had stuck a dome of styrofoam, cut from a styrofoam ball, into.  We cut out small pieces of faux greenery from a large sheet and glued them onto the styrofoam.

Sheet of fake greenery

Sheet of fake greenery

Flower pot with faux greenery

Flower pot with glued on faux greenery

I think for the future, when I do this, I will try felting green wool roving onto the styrofoam instead, for a different look.

After the leaves dried, we bent them back to give them a slight curl.  We wrapped the leaves, two at a time, to the main orchid stem with more strips of crepe.

Attaching the first set of leaves

Attaching the first set of leaves

Orchid stem with both sets of leaves attached.

Orchid stem with both sets of leaves attached.

Next, we made the roots for our plant by wrapping three pieces of 22-gauge floral wire with strips of gray florist crepe.

Making the roots of the orchid

Wrapping floral wire with gray crepe for the roots

After all the wrapping was done, we curled each root into curlicue shapes.

Curled roots of orchid

Curled roots of orchid

Finally, we stuck the stem of flowers and the roots into the pot to complete our potted orchids.

Potted orchid, all finished!

Potted orchid, all finished!

Close-up of my orchids:

Orchids up close

Orchid roots:

Roots attached to potted orchid

 

My mom and a number of my friends love orchids, so this would make a nice handmade gift for them.

 

 

 

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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4 Responses to Crepe Paper Flowers: Potted Orchids

  1. Cynthia October 25, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    These are lovely! Would love one in my office!

    • Serena Y Lee October 29, 2014 at 1:06 am #

      Well, you just may get one 😉

  2. Hollie November 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Serena, I love your work. Your projects are adorable!

    • Serena Y Lee November 19, 2014 at 6:24 am #

      Thank you, Hollie. I appreciate your kind words :0) Thanks for visiting.

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