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Crepe Paper Flower: How to Make 100 Plum Blossoms in Less Than 90 Minutes

By on October 10, 2011 – Updated on December 4, 2014

One of the popular flowers those are associated with Chinese New Year is the plum blossom because it blossoms at the end of winter on a seemingly dead branch.

For Chinese, plum blossom stands for courage, hope, strength, resilience, and the ability to overcome adversity. Hence, commercial artificial plum blossoms are expensive CNY decoration during the coming of the season, so let’s make the cheaper and easier to do artificial plum blossoms.

This an easy to do project but you may need you patience because if you like your decoration to look more beautiful, you will need to make a lot of blossoms.

Materials and Tools

  • Pink or Red Crepe Paper (53.5cm x 100cm)
  • Yellow Colored Bond Paper
  • No. 10 Staples
  • Stapler (for No. 10 Staples)
  • Scissors

Note: Use the regular-sized scissors and stapler because too big or small scissors and stapler will consume more time to finish your project.
Cost of the Materials

  • The 1 box of No. 10 Staples costs 40¢ – 1 box contains 1000 staples (20×50) so 100 staples only cost 4¢, and to give allowance for some mistakes, we will set 5¢ for our project;
  • The 1 pc 100x60cm Crepe Paper costs 85¢– you will need 3 & 1/8 pieces so the total cost is $2.70;
  • The 1 pack (100 sheets) of A4 Yellow Colored Bond Paper is ¢4.90 – you will only need 6 sheets, costs 30¢; and
  • You don’t need to buy scissors and stapler, you can use the old ones that you have or you can borrow from your friends and colleagues.

Note: Prices may slightly differ from store to store. The price I am using here is base on the selling price of a department store in  Brunei as of January 2011.


Step 1. Cutting The Colored Bond Paper – less than 20 minutes

  1. Divide the bond papers into three equal parts lengthwise, and three equal parts crosswise. Cut all six bond papers in one time following the pattern (1a).
  2. Get nine pieces of these small parts (1b) and make fine strips (1c) across, leaving a small portion to let the strips intact.
  3. Repeat the Step 1.b for the other remaining smaller parts of the bond paper. You will be doing the Step 1.b for 12 times before you can proceed to the next step.

Step 2. Cutting The Crepe Paper – less than 20 minutes

  1. Divide crosswise the crepe paper into eight equal parts; each strip (2a) measures approximately 100×7.5cm.
  2. Fold the strips into four equal parts (2b) crosswise then cut the fold. Again, fold the four equal parts into five equal parts (2c) then cut a curve (2d) on one side to create artificial petals (2e).
  3. Repeat the Step 2.b for the other remaining strips (2a). You will be doing the Step 1.b for 25 times before you can proceed to the next step.

Step 3. Forming The Blossoms – less than 50 minutes

  1. Roll (3a) the fine strips (1c) to create artificial pollens.
  2. Wrap (3b) the artificial petals (2e) to the artificial pollens then staple the base (3c).
  3. Repeat the Step 3.a and Step 3.b to make 100 artificial plum blossoms.

Note: The time frame that is being used here is based on my normal speed on creating this project. I have tested this for tree times and I have added some allowance on the mentioned time frames.

After you finish the 100 artificial plum blossoms, you can stick them on dry twigs or you can make the branches out of Styrofoam.

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  1. tatess

    June 22, 2012 at 6:18 am

    wow ,this is a lovely plum flower made out of crepe paper.Another creative and eye catching display. I love it.
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  2. RonLeyba

    June 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Love the step by step guide with numbers. My family members might try doing it.
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  3. Belina

    June 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    awesome blog. i enjoyed reading your articles. this is truly a great read for me. i have bookmarked it and i am looking forward to reading new articles. cheers.

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    September 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Jyppe, can I re-post this on my site? with link of course… :)
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  5. shaena marie mallari

    November 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

    so cute naman ng gawa may project kami nyan eh !!!“

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