Eye'm watching you. Basic paper flower tutorial.

Shhhhh. This creepy flower is actually a regular paper flower in disguise. What I mean is that if you come across these instructions and it's not halloween just change your color palette and don't draw the eye ball.

Supplies Needed

– Crepe paper in black, green, and at least one other color of your choosing.
– Floral tape
– Floral wire
– Cotton balls
– Watercolors or sharpies in red, green, black and brown

(these instructions are for working with 180 gram Italian crepe but they can be easily modified to use other types)

Working with Italian crepe paper

– Always work with the crepe paper grain. Unless specified you always want to cut out flower parts so the grain is running the long way within in each piece.

– The Italian crepe paper can stretch to almost triple its size. You'll be using this feature to manipulate the fullness and shape of your flowers. Once stretched it won't retract back so pull at the paper lightly until you have the shape desired.

– It's easiest to work with 6-8 inch strips of floral tape versus maneuvering the whole roll.

– To use the tape always pull to activate the adhesive and wrap against itself. It will take a couple tries to see how hard you can pull on the floral tape without breaking it. Using the tape at an angle will allow it to spiral down your stem instead of just circling around it.

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Prepping the flower parts

Eye ball

1. Cut a piece of white crepe roughly 4 x 1.5 inches with the grain running along the long side.

2. Stretch crepe until almost flat and square. It will be warbly. That's ok. Alternatively you can stretch a piece of crepe and then cut a 4 x 4 inch square from it.

3. In the center of the crepe square color a circle with a half inch diameter. Use a light colored sharpie or watercolors.

4. Then draw a black pupil in the center.

5. With a red sharpie draw wiggly lines emanating from the Iris to the edge of the crepe square.

Lashes

6. Cut a length of italian black crepe roughly 3 x 3 inches.

7. Cut fringe into the crepe along the grain two thirds of the way into the black paper. Or if you have crepe streamer that works as well. I glued two pieces together to create a length of fringed paper (pictured).

Petals and Leaves

8. Start by creating a template similar to the petal and leaf images above. (My petals are about 4 inches long with the leaves a bit longer) For each flower you'll be cutting 4 petals, and two leaves.

9. Cut the petals from a colorful piece of crepe.

10. Before cutting the leaves stretch out a chunk of green crepe until almost flat (warbly). Cut your leaves from the stretched crepe.

11. After cutting out the leaves draw green and brown accent lines running the length of the leaf. Draw somewhat lightly using the side of a sharpie. Allow the pen to skip along the paper bumps to create an organic quality. Or use watercolors.

Putting the flower together

1. Create a hook a the top of your floral wire so you have a short length of wire and a long length (your stem). Use it to secure two large cotton balls to the wire. Push the cotton balls into the hook well and twist the two pieces of wire together. This will be the inside of your eyeball.

2. Cut several lengths of floral tape. Continue to cut off lengths as needed.

3. Position the white eyeball crepe centered over the top of the cotton ball. Cinch down the paper over the cotton ball pinching the excess paper against the floral wire. Secure with a piece of floral tape.

4. To adhere the lashes wrap the non fringed end of your black crepe around the base of the eyeball and secure with floral tape. Make sure the lashes are a bit taller than the eyeball.

5. Adhere petals one at a time or if you're confident two at a time. Secure the tapered end of each petal to the base of the eye. Position the second petal opposite the first. Then position the 3rd and 4th opposite each other filling in the remaining holes.

6. Now you'll let your flower bloom by individually pulling each petal away from the center. Start with the outer most petal and work your way in. Position your thumbs on the inside of the petal and your index fingers on the outside. Gently start to pull the crepe while pushing your thumbs into it creating a small cup. Move up each petal allowing them to bloom as much as you desire. 

7. Position one leaf half an inch from the flower base and secure with floral tape. Position second leaf on opposite side of first leaf and 1.5 – 2 inches below the first.

Repeat until you have a bouquet of eyeballs staring you down.