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Use Crepe Paper Streamers for DIY Projects
Crepe paper streamers make festive party decorations but there are lots of other ways you can decorate using crepe paper. In this tutorial, I will show you how to turn plain crepe paper streamers into pretty rosettes that you can use in several different ways to make even more fabulous crepe paper decorations.
You can use them to make holiday wreaths, party garlands and so much more. One great thing about crepe paper is that it comes in lots of different colors so you should never have a problem finding the perfect colors for any occasion. Black and orange are good for Halloween, pinks and reds for Valentine's Day, the list goes on and on. With the fabulous choice of colors and its versatility, crepe paper is perfect for crafting.
Make Decorative Crepe Paper Rosettes
These rosettes are super easy to make and once you get the hang of it, you will want to do tons of them. The more rosettes you have, the more of an impact you will make with your decorations. Below is a step-by-step tutorial, followed by some examples of different embellished rosettes.
- Rolls of Crepe Paper
- Needle: an extra-fine needle (for fine fabrics) work best
- Thread: an extra-fine thread works best
- Glue Gun
Step 1: Cut Strip
Cut a 26" strip of crepe paper. You can use a single strip to make a rosette or if you want a little bit fuller one you can use two strips. Just lay one on top of the other.
Step 2: Thread Needle
Thread your needle and knot the end of the thread with a thick knot. A needle and thread optimal for fine fabrics is best but not completely necessary. The main thing is that the needle is not too large (around). You'll definitely want to use a smaller needle. Also it really doesn't matter what color of thread you use because it won't be showing.
Step 3: Sew Straight Stitch
Start sewing a straight stitch down the edge of the crepe paper. Keep the stitch as close to the edge as possible. After the first few stitches, be sure to pull the thread up where the knot catches the crepe paper. Continue the stitch all the way down to the end of the strip.
Step 4: Gently Scrunch Paper
Now that you have stitched all the way down the strip, holding the thread, start scrunching the crepe paper down. This will cause the paper to bunch up and be ruffled. Be sure to doing very gently, crepe paper is so thin and will rip very easily. I scrunch it down as far as I can without it being too tight and having to force it and then I tie another thick knot.
Step 5: Join Ends
It's time to join the ends to form the rosette. Take the glue gun and put a very small line of glue on one edge of the crepe paper ruffle and then you want to glue it to the other side, forming a circle.
Step 6: Cut and Glue Circle
Cut a circle out of card stock. It can be the size of a quarter or even a half dollar, depending on the size of your rosette. I find a quarter-sized circle works fine in most cases.
Now, you have to do this quickly—put some hot glue all over the circle, then put the glue gun down. Gather the crepe paper ruffle and gather it as close to the middle as possible. It should come together pretty easily and pucker in the middle. Carefully take the circle with glue on it and put it right onto the middle of the crepe paper flower. Turn it over and make sure all the gathered edges are glued down.
Step 7: Fluff and Adjust
Now you can fluff it up and adjust it if needed and add your embellishment. You can embellish either side of the rosette. If your embellishment is larger than the circle you can glue it over the circle. If you prefer, you can embellish the gathered side.
Ideas for Embellishments
- Punched paper shapes
- Plastic cabochons
- Bows, ribbon, raffia
- Circles that have been glittered
- Scrapbook embellishments
- Crepe paper carnations or rolled flowers
More Tips and Ideas
- If you were unable to stitch as close to the edge as you would like, it will be helpful to cut off any excess edge behind the stitches. This will help you gather the rosette more tightly in the middle.
- You can layer a smaller rosette on top for another cute look.
- Try layering different colors
- If you prefer you can skip doing the stitch and gather the strip all together in the middle using your hands and glue the gathers down that way. I have seen in done that way but I prefer to do a stitch because it gathers so much prettier, fluffier, and is much more even.
How to Use the Crepe Paper Rosettes
- Make garland: String several of them together
- Embellish wreaths
- Hang from the ceiling for party decorations
- Make ornaments
- Embellish wrapped gifts
- Make prize ribbons: Cut a piece of ribbon about 5 to 6 inches long, turn it vertically and cut an upside-down V at the bottom, glue a rosette on top and then cut a card stock circle and glue it on the rosette and write something on it like 1st Place or Great Job. Put a pin on the back and give it to your "winner!"
- Piece a bunch of them together and use them as a festive photo backdrop
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 13, 2012:
vespawoolf- You are so welcome! Thank you for the compliments on the photos and instructions. These flowers would have been perfect for the party.. but now you have it so you can use it for the next one! Hope you are having a great weekend )
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on October 13, 2012:
I wish I'd had this tutorial last month when I helped decorate for an anniversary party. Your photos and instructions are great. I've marked this for future reference. Thanks so much! The layered rosettes are my favorite. : )
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on September 06, 2012:
vocalcoach- Thank you, I had fun making them and knew it would be a good craft to share here at HP. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and big thank you for the vote up :)
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 05, 2012:
Jamie - These Crepe-Paper Rosettes are just beautiful. The photos are helpful and support your excellent step-by-step instruction. Voting up and more.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on September 05, 2012:
Thank you, Carol :) You really should make some.. they are so easy! I bet that a bunch of them would look fab in a vase. Wouldn't pink and red ones be so cute for valentine's day?! Thank you for stopping by and for the vote up :)
carol stanley from Arizona on September 05, 2012:
Love this craft. You did an excellent job with instructions and the photos are fabulous. Want to get some crepe paper and make a bouquet for a vase. Voted UP.