Poinsettias are bold and lovely and just the sight of them means it’s the Christmas season. So we asked Hallmark Signature designers Jen K. and Ellie K. to put their crepe paper flower making skills to work on this holiday favorite. They made a template and demonstrated all the different things you can do with a DIY paper poinsettia, from bouquets to wreaths to the sweetest tiny gift attachments. All the colors, all the sizes—you really have to try these.
SUPPLIES FOR CREPE PAPER POINSETTIAS
- Crepe paper (in traditional and totally made-up poinsettia colors)
- Floral tape
- Floral wire (20 gauge, cut to about 6 inches)
- Stamen pips
- Cotton balls
- Poinsettia template (free download)
- Brass rings in different sizes (like these)
- Gold floral tape and wire
- Acrylic or gouache paint (and brushes, paint tray)
- Paint pens
- Washi tape
- Decorative papers
- Hot glue gun
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
HOW TO MAKE A DIY PAPER POINSETTIA
Preparing the parts of your crepe paper flower
Start by cutting out petals, fringe, and leaves using this free downloadable template. Freestyle your own designs, too: Your flowers, your fantasy.
Building your crepe paper poinsettia
Follow the steps on our crepe paper flower post—all the basic instructions are the same. The beauty of the DIY poinsettia is that your flowers can be as realistic, simple, or blinged-out as you want.
Keep adding petals until you’re happy with the volume. (OK, so technically the red parts of poinsettias are leaves and the yellow bits in the middle are the flowers and here ends our knowledge of poinsettia anatomy.)
You can add fringe in the center or not. Keep the petals the same colors—or indulge your imagination.
Actual poinsettias are just a jumping off point, really.
Making paper poinsettia wreaths
This is where we get even more excited, you guys. As part of Jen and Ellie’s workshop, they added their paper flowers to brass rings. The larger rings became beautiful, delicate wreaths. The smaller ones—and some were seriously tiny—are perfect gift toppers.
For even more inspiration, check out our post on modern, asymmetrical wreaths.
If you want to paint or draw on your petals, the time to do it is before you start adding them to the flower. Create your design and give it time to dry.
Wrapping a brass ring in tape or paper adds even more dimension.
We just love the look of these.
Photography by Pat Bush.