I love looking at images of flower torans, which are festive garlands hung in Indian households as celebratory decorations, and decided to figure out a crepe paper version. Torans are so fun – the patterns and colors are super cheerful. There are a million ways to use this technique – you can make a wall hanging, garlands, bunting, leis, etc., and you can scale them to suit whatever space you’re decorating. They would look great as a backdrop at a party or wedding!
You will need: a wooden dowel (available at your local hardware store and they should be able to cut it to whatever size you want – I used a 3/4″ wide by 24″ long dowel), crepe paper in various colors, string, clothespin clips, scissors, screw punch, pen, and (optional) wooden beads (I had some painted pink ones leftover from another project)
Step 1: To speed up cutting out petals, fold crepe paper lengthwise into a stack that’s about 2″ wide, with about six layers. Hold the stack together with clips.
Step 2: Use this template to trace petal shapes along the stack. Make sure that the template is placed so that it goes with the grain of the paper. Punch out the holes in each stack of petals with the screw punch.
Step 3: Cut out petals. Repeat the process with each color of crepe paper.
Step 4: To fluff each petal, gently stretch the paper at the edges to create a ruffle. You can ruffle four or five at once to save time.
Step 5: (Optional) Tightly wind string around the dowel. Tie on long lengths of string every 2″ along the dowel (you’ll thread the petals onto these).
Step 6: Thread the petals on and tie a knot at the end of each string. Alternate the colors of petals to create patterns.