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Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging

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!

Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging | Oh Happy Day! Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging | Oh Happy Day! Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging | Oh Happy Day!

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.

Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging | Oh Happy Day! Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging | Oh Happy Day!

  1. christy

    July 16, 2014

    so beautiful!

  2. devi

    July 16, 2014

    Wow looks like the flower ones we make with marigold leaves etc ..

  3. Ana

    July 16, 2014

    Would you mind sharing an approximate cost for this project? I love the look and would consider making one myself! I am trying to get a feel if it would be as cost-effective as buying a piece instead.

      • ashley
      • July 17, 2014

      Hi Ana! I would estimate the project to cost you between $20 and $30 to make a toran of this size (finished dimensions are 24 by 20″), depending on what tools you already have and how many colors of crepe paper you want to use. I used five different colors at about $2 per roll (from Paper Mart). If you used less colors (you could definitely get enough petals to make a whole wall hanging out of about three rolls) you’d save a little bit. The cost of the dowel and string is about $10. I think you probably already have scissors, a pen, and clips, but the screw punch could set you back $16.12 if you don’t already have one, and it’s a great tool to invest in so I definitely recommend it! But if you don’t want to buy one you can just cut a small slit in the middle of the petals with scissors or a craft knife. Hope that helps!

  4. Niru

    July 16, 2014

    This looks like a very traditional Indian design.

  5. jenna @ just j.faye

    July 16, 2014

    Such a fun idea – I love it!

  6. Alishka

    July 16, 2014

    Love this so very much!!! It’s beautiful!!

  7. Aarti

    July 17, 2014

    Ashley Page Norton , Its such a nice take on Indian toran. Absolutely love it.

  8. sarah@tomfo

    July 17, 2014

    Absolutely gorgeous! love it

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