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I have been teaching the art of paper flower making for a long time now, and my crepe paper gardenia is perfect for those who have already had a little experience in making paper blooms.
Gather the tools and materials listed above.
Print the PDF template below and cut your crepe pieces according to the template.
Fold the tip of the floral wire over, pop some glue on the top and push it into the center of a 3/4? foam ball.
Gently stretch the six smaller petals using your thumbs to create a cup shape in each.
Wrap one petal into a cone shape, glue and insert the foam ball into in. Stretch the remainder of the petal around the foam ball and glue around the base of the ball to secure.
Overlap the remaining 5 petals at the edges to form a cup and glue to secure together. Each petal should tuck inside the next to create a spiral. Slide this cup of petals up from the bottom end of the floral wire so that it sits neatly with the foam ball center inside.
Take the visible edge of each petal and gently stretch it out with your fingers.
Stretch the edges of the remaining 12 larger petals using the edge of your scissors. Follow along the direction of the grain for best results!
Glue 6 petals in a circle, overlapping as you go. Make sure you rotate in the same direction the whole way around. Snip a line through the tip of the final petal and glue half on top and half on the bottom to continue the spiral evenly.
Slide this set of petals into the floral wire and glue the center down to secure. You can snip a little hole to start if it is too stiff to poke through.
Repeat steps 8-10 for the remaining 6 petals.
Use your scissors to cut a deep zig-zag into the green sepal piece and wrap it around the base of the gardenia.
Wrap the base of the flower and floral wire with floral tape.
Once you have completed your first crepe paper gardenia, you can continue watching the video below to create buds and leaves to complement this pretty bloom.