Making Crepe Paper Poppies

In my last post, I shared part one of my recent crepe paper flower class at Castle in the Air with Lynn Dolan, in which we learned how to make a tree peony.  Today I share with you part two of that class, in which we learned to make a poppy.

Okay, I am so not a gardener/botanist/horticulturalist, what-have-you.  I only knew poppies to be red (especially since I have a Marimekko red poppy print duvet on my bed right at this moment) and didn’t realize they come in different colors.  Well, duh!  Anyway, once I found that out, I decided to make a non-red poppy :0)

We started out by gluing a 1-1/2 inch spun cotton ball to 18 gauge floral wire to make the poppy pod.

Spun cotton ball poppy pod glued to 18 G floral wire

Spun cotton ball glued to 18 G floral wire

We then lightly covered the ball with craft glue and wrapped a square piece of (kiwi colored) florist crepe paper around it, tamping down the crepe all around the ball of cotton.

Kiwi green florist crepe paper for covering spun cotton ball

Florist crepe paper for covering spun cotton ball

After the glue had dried a bit, we squeezed the top and sides of the wrapped cotton ball to form the squarish marshmallow shape of the poppy pod.

Crepe covered cotton ball pressed into squarish marshmallow shape of pod

Crepe covered cotton ball pressed into squarish marshmallow shape of pod

We then cut out a strip of (light lavender) florist crepe against the grain, approximately 12 inches long by 2 inches high and lightly stretched it before cutting out fringe three-fourths of the way down, going with the grain, all along the length of the crepe to make the stamens.

Strip of stamen fringe

Strip of stamen fringe

As I had done for my tree peony, I decided to twist the fringe between my fingers to give my stamens a more rounded shape.

Twisted stamen fringe

Curled stamen fringe

We then wrapped the strip of fringe around the base of the covered cotton ball, adding glue periodically to the uncut bottom of the strip to adhere it.

Stamen fringe wrapped and glued around cotton center

Stamen fringe wrapped and glued around cotton center

Next came the petals.  I chose lilac crepe for my petals.  We cut out 4 to 6 rectangles of fine crepe paper – I cut out six – , approximately 5 to 6 inches long and 3-3/4 inches high, with the grain running up and down.  We cut the top two corners of each petal, rounding them as we made the cuts.

Poppy petals cut from fine crepe paper

Poppy petals cut from fine crepe paper

Next came the dyeing of the petals.  Instead of chalk pastel, we used alcohol ink to dye the centers of our petals.

Wild plum alcohol ink for coloring poppy petals

Wild plum alcohol ink for coloring poppy petals

The bottle of ink had a fine tip that we ran along the bottom edge of each petal.  The crepe paper immediately soaked up the ink.  Sure beats coloring with chalk!

Dyed poppy petals

Dyed poppy petals

As easy as it was for the dye to seep through the paper, it was just as easy to spill excess ink where it didn’t belong, like I did on this petal:

Petal with excess drips of dye

Petal with excess drips of dye

(As you will see later, I did not dye my petals up far enough.  If I were to do this again, I would be sure to let that dye run up the petals further!)

We then dotted glue along the base of each petal

Poppy petal dotted with glue

Poppy petal dotted with glue

and pleated and gathered the crepe to create a tapered end.

Pleated and gathered poppy petals

Pleated and gathered poppy petals

Next, we glued each petal to the base of the stamen fringe.  The key was gluing them as high up along the fringe as possible.  For a six-petaled poppy, we glued three petals on the inner layer and three on the outer.

Poppy petals all glued - 3 in the center, 3 on the outside

Poppy petals all glued – 3 on the inside, 3 on the outside

Remember how I said I didn’t dye my petals up far enough?  Notice that you can hardly see the dyed parts of the petals in the preceding photo.

Then came the wrapping.  We wrapped the base of the petals and the stem with a strip of sage green florist crepe.

Wrapped poppy stem

Wrapped poppy stem

Notice how the color of the dye seeped through to the outside of the petals, like in a real poppy:

Dyed poppy petals as seen on the outside

Dyed poppy petals as seen on the outside

Next, we made the cap for the poppy pod out of florist crepe by cutting a small strip of crepe, 1-1/2 to 2 inches long and about 1/2 inch high.  We glued the ends together to form a closed loop, and flattened it into a pleated disk.

Creating the poppy pod's cap

Creating the poppy pod’s cap

We trimmed the disk to create a razor-like edge.

Trimming the pleated poppy pod's cap

Trimming the pleated poppy pod’s cap to create razor-like edge

Interestingly, Lynn told us using a pinking sheer to trim the cap would not work, due to the pleats in the crepe paper, so we had to use fine tipped scissors instead.

Poppy pod's cap all finished

Poppy pod’s cap all finished

For ease of gluing the disk onto the pod, we first glued it onto a smaller round of crepe paper and then glued the entire piece to the top of the poppy pod.

Cap glued to pod in center of poppy

Cap glued to pod in center of poppy

Finally, it was time for the leaf – yes, there was only one leaf to make!  Like we did for the rose and the tree peony, we bias cut two triangles out of the sage green crepe paper and laid them on top of one another, lining up the grain.

Lining up triangles of bias cut florist crepe for the leaf

Lining up triangles of bias cut florist crepe for the leaf

We glued the long edges together and allowed the glue to dry before lining up the half leaf template along the glued edges and cutting out the leaf.

We glued a piece of 24 gauge floral wire that we had wrapped with a strip of sage florist crepe onto the center of the leaf.

Wrapped leaf stem for poppy

Wrapped leaf stem glued to poppy leaf

We wrapped the stem of the leaf to the stem of the poppy, about halfway down the poppy stem.

Poppy leaf all finished and glued to poppy stem

Poppy leaf all finished and glued to poppy stem

My completed poppy:

Finished crepe paper poppy

Finished crepe paper poppy

Finished crepe paper poppy 2

With six petals, a fast dye job, no calyx, and a single leaf, this was by far the easiest crepe paper flower I’ve made to date!

A big “thank you” again to Lynn!

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at making flowers out of crepe paper, but were intimidated by the process, this poppy may be just what you need to get your feet wet!  Let me know if you do try making it. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment :0)

 

 

 

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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