10 Amazing Facts You’ll Want to Know About Crepe Paper

10 Amazing Facts You’ll Want to Know About Crepe Paper

Hello everyone and welcome to my studio I’m gonna talk about one of my favorite things today. And if you know me at all, you know what that is It’s crepe paper and crepe paper flowers I want to share with you every single detail of what I know about crepe paper so that when you move forward and your crepe paper adventure Making flowers or plants or whatever it is You know exactly what’s out there and you understand crepe paper so that you can go with confidence In 2018 my book was published called crepe paper flowers, and this book was written specifically for the beginner flower maker I go over every detail that anyone who wants to know about Crepe paper itself the tools and the materials that I use as well as how to assemble flowers So I’ll be covering some of this material in this video The fun thing about doing this in a video format is I can actually show you and we can look at things as we talk And I think this will give you a better idea as you start your crepe paper adventure. So let’s get started For some of you what you know about crepe paper is that it looks like this and this is what a lot of us are Familiar with this is how we decorated our parties when we were kids you remember this stuff. Yes This is crepe paper But the crepe paper that I’m talking about makes these gorgeous flowers that are right in front of me We have different types of crepe paper and we’ll be going over each of those types So yes absolutely crepe paper flowers can look like this and in addition to that. We also make a lot of crepe paper plants I don’t have a green thumb. So I Really love having these plants in my home to decorate because they’ll never die and they’re also a perfect gift So, let’s talk about the history of crepe paper I’ve had so much fun researching this and some of the things I found out have been quite amazing So crepe paper was actually used back in the 1900s That’s when it first hit its popularity and from the research that I have found most of the things made in the 1900s were actually Dresses, they would make costumes and dresses that they would wear to parties They would be you know, somewhat disposable, but they would actually do this and as you can see here I like to do a little bit of my own crepe paper dresses as well I made both of these dresses For some trade shows and some TV appearances that I did and it was just a really great material to work with now That’s not super practical unless you know you want to have a disposable wedding dress But later in the end the 1900s people started making crepe paper flowers And there was a big trend in this where women would sit together and make them they would use these flowers to put on graves oftentimes and then they became more of something that you would use to decorate your home or even use for weddings or Events like that and then it seemed to fade away in the 60s Maybe it started becoming less of a thing And then what we knew about crepe paper was actually the crepe paper streamers that you see at parties and it’s just been recently in the last maybe Five to ten years that crepe paper has come back in and we’re seeing more and more of it and that’s really exciting for us I have here in front of me. All of these old vintage crepe paper flower making books although this one also does You know crepe paper dolls and baskets and shoes and whatnot. And these are published starting in the 1920s to the 1940s. This one’s really cute. This one here is an actual Costume book showing how you can make these different costumes out of crepe paper, and I just absolutely adore this So the interesting thing is that all of these books were published by a company called Denison and they were the manufacturer of crepe paper in the USA. They’re now called dinner crepe They’re still in the US and they actually make that crepe paper streamers that I showed you and we’ll talk a little bit more about Them when we talk about all the different manufacturers crepe paper So, let’s start with our very simple and expensive crepe paper that you can get This is crepe paper that’s made in Mexico. We have crepe paper made in China And then this is the crepe paper made in the US by democrat So the main in Mexico is actually something I just found and it’s extremely lightweight It’s inexpensive It doesn’t have a lot of stretch and we’re going to talk about stretch later because that’s important when you’re making flowers So this is a perfect crepe paper if you’re wanting to do a really big display with puffy flowers They don’t need stretch or something for kids. This would be a good crepe paper for that and it’s very inexpensive this is a crepe paper that’s made in China and they will often say Italian crepe paper and don’t let that fool You make sure that when you look at your packaging You know exactly where it’s made because that right there will tell you the level of quality of your crepe paper So the crepe paper made in China is not going to be the highest quality But again, if you have something that you need a lot of quantity This is a good crepe paper to use. You also will not get as much stretch out of this crepe paper It’s a lot lighter weight. It doesn’t have a nice fine crinkle I don’t always know the dye that they use so you never know if this is a non-toxic crepe paper unless it says so on The package now you’ll notice that this one is extremely fine And it has a thin crepe to it where this one has a heavier crepe to it So you’ll also want to note some of those things and we’ll go into that a bit later on where you would want to use each one and then this is the American crepe paper by dinner crepe and it’s also very lightweight It does have a finer crinkle more so than the crepe paper from Mexico. It doesn’t have a lot of stretch So again, this is perfect for children’s crafts all three of these are great for children’s crafts or things where you don’t need a lot of shape or you don’t need to have That extra High quality, these are great for that The next crepe paper that we’ll talk about is the crepe ever made in Italy so outside of China and Mexico There are only three other actual factories that make crepe paper and one of those is dinner crate in the USA And then there’s a factory in Italy and there’s a factory in Germany and we’ll finish up with that one and you’ll see why So next is the Italian crepe paper and this is where your quality really goes up quite a few notches here This is really beautiful crepe paper high quality they have an array of gorgeous colors and what they’re most known for as far as like The the grade is the grams. They talk about grams a lot in the Italian crepe paper and They have two different grams here. This one is a 140 gram and this one is a 180 gram. It’s absolutely beautiful They have great colors. The stretch is like two hundred and fifty percent I don’t know that for sure but I’m gonna guess on that and it’s just really lovely to work with it has a very deep Creeping to it Which works great for some of the larger flowers and also for something that needs a bit more of that texture? So the 180 in the 140 are very similar they might stretch a little bit different and I know that there are some other weights out there that you can check out they also have this beautiful foil paper and it has the gold on one side and Then this brown on the other side now they call this a double sided But don’t get that confused with the German double sided that I’m going to show you next but the other thing I wanted to point out in the Italian crepe paper that is Different than the German crepe paper is that they do have these lines and these are cut lines They were actually made because this is used by florists where they’ll wrap their bouquet This is a cut line so they can cut it straight in the Italian crepe paper They all right now have these cut lines that might change in the future We’ll see but in the German crepe paper, we’ve actually taken those out When I first started making crepe paper flowers I did use the Chinese crepe paper because that’s what I had available and I made them and I was like ma they’re okay I’m not really super excited about it And then I was introduced the Italian crepe paper and that’s when things started to change and that’s when I started to fall in love With making flowers out of crepe paper. I was then introduced to the German crepe paper And here’s the thing about the German crepe paper company remember I was talking about dinner crepe or Denison the ones that Manufactured the American crepe and then also wrote those books back in the 20s and 30s Well, they also own the company in Germany So as you can see It’s kind of a small crepe-paper family out there and I’m really excited that they invited me to be part of that so when we started talking I wanted to create a line that was the ultimate crepe paper for paper flower makers and This is what we came up with The first thing that we introduced was this extra fine crepe paper as what we call it And this is a very lightweight crepe paper that’s similar to what you would see you know from Mexico or even the American crepe paper, but what the difference that you can see in this one? Is that it has a hundred and fifty percent stretch. So that’s a lot of stretch for a lightweight crepe paper we also have some beautiful custom colors that we made and this paper isn’t very much like almost fabric like It’s a high quality. It doesn’t tear it quite as easily as the cheaper brand So this was the very first crepe paper that we came up with. They also had this beautiful double-sided crepe paper now This is the double-sided that I’m talking about That’s different than that foil and the brown double-sided and this is where they take two of these extra fine crepe papers and they glue them together and you can see there’s a Slight difference in color so we have a whole line of this double-sided crepe paper and again for the right flowers This is the perfect crepe paper and together. We thought they worked Really well and the color palettes were just beautiful So once we got going on these two crepe papers we decided yes It was time to bring in having crepe paper to simulate somewhat of what the Italian heavy crepe paper Was that 180 gram or the 140 gram and this one is actually right in the middle It’s about a 160 gram. If you were to compare it the exact roll size to the exact roll size and it also has The two hundred and fifty percent stretch. So it has that really nice deep stretch And also we wanted to make sure that our crepe being was a bit softer that it wasn’t quite as toothy Is that what we had been using before we wanted it to be easier to? You know handle with your fingers and we asked them to take out those lines that go across So we don’t have any of those cross lines Now you notice this is a much shorter crepe paper roll than the Italian crepe paper rolls And we actually started with the long 20 inch roll but discovered that the shorter rolls ship better They’re easier for people to store yesterday. Give us a little bit more opportunity for variety in our 10 pack so we went ahead and did them as a 10 inch instead of a 20 inch for multiple reasons and we feel like if you want to make a big huge crepe paper flower Italy is the place to buy your crepe paper, but for most paper flowers, this is plenty large enough a Couple years ago, I was actually able to go to the factory in Germany and watch the crepe paper being made We are always trying to you know talk about adding some new colors or adjusting the colors and so they wanted me to see exactly the process of how they come up with their Dyes and I have to tell you it’s it’s really amazing. It’s like going to old world There’s you know these vats and someone actually pours in the powders and mixes of them These are what I would consider almost handmade papers at least the colors are so coming up with colors is a very intricate process And you have to kind of work back and forth So hopefully we’ll be doing more of that soon and then we were able to watch this crepe paper go from a big huge roll of white paper and Go through the machine being dyed being craved being cut and then Into these little packets of crepe paper as well as it as it comes off the machine and that was really exciting So, you know I have a lot of love for the Great paper because it does feel so close to my heart And I know where it comes from and I know that it’s really clean It’s non-toxic your kids can use this so, you know all crepe papers. Absolutely whatever you have used them And of course, this is the one I love So now that you’ve seen the crepe paper Let’s talk about what you can make with them and why I might choose a different style of crepe paper for different flowers So this here is our gorgeous peony I absolutely love this and this one is made with the heavy crepe paper Which would be this one right here and we chose this crepe paper for this flower because of this stretch We wanted that really beefy stretch where you could get the nice cup on the petals And also we wanted the weight that would hold the petals into place and that would be perfect for that heavy crepe paper So both of these irises both the lavender and the white are made with the extra fine crepe paper and we chose this paper because we wanted that very Light weight papery effect, and we were able to get the shape of these by adding wires inside and this is a technique that I can teach you later and These both you can see there’s a lot of ruffle. There’s a lot of texture So this is a perfect paper for something like this So then we have our double sided crepe paper and as you can see is so gorgeous I would like to use this crepe paper if I’m making a rose or a gardenia or even something like this Magnolia there’s a lot of weight to it so it holds a big petal very nicely but as you can see It just looks like this gorgeous a velvety smooth petal And the leaves of this Magnolia are also made from a double sided crepe paper However, this is one that we made ourselves and I’ll teach you that in a later segment as well So now let’s go talk about the tools and the materials that I like to use when I’m making crepe paper flowers If I were to pick six tools that are a must-have for the new crepe paper flower artist this would be them So, of course the first thing you’ll need is a really good pair of scissors and these are the FISC are scissors You can pick your own I love these of course because they are my Lia Griffith scissors But you can pick your own scissors that fits right in your hand These also have a nonstick blade which I love Another thing that is a must and this I would say buy this right here And these are the little tiny micro tip scissors and they look like kids scissors but they’re not they are so sharp and what I love about these is they have a very pointed tip, but they’re also thin so when you’re making those little teeny tiny Stamen right in the middle and you want to cut those fine. This is the perfect scissor for that. So I highly recommend that Another tool that I think is a must-have is this curling tool? And this is something that fist guards made for us as well if it’s right in the palm of your hand you use a combination of your thumb and your fingers and the edge to make the beautiful curl of your crepe paper so if you can get your hands on one of these this is a Really good one to have then you’re gonna need a pair of needle nose pliers and wire cutters I used to have a needlenose plier a wire cutter. So I asked fist gars to come up with just an all-in-one This is about a jewelry size So this is perfect for cutting one stem if you are cutting multiple wires, you’ll want some heavy-duty wire cutters But I use these everyday this one is optional but I do use it all the time and this is a pinking shears This is also something that you would use for Sewing so I really prefer buying a pinking share. That’s the sewing great. It’s a higher-end pinking share This is a fist scars And this is where I cut the edge of some of my crepe paper or I don’t want a blunt edge This is a good investment Then we’re talking about hot glue guns and generally I will always use a low temperature hot glue gun I prefer these smaller hot glue guns than the big Massive ones just because they’re easier to hold in my hand and they also give a nice little fine point of glue Low temperature or if you feel like it you could go as a high temperature and this one is my absolute favorite High temperatures again because it has a really nice fine point So either one of these it’s up to you low temperature high temperature. Maybe have one of each Though I do love using my hot glue gun my other favorite glue that I probably use about half of the time Is this turbo tacky glue and I particularly like this bottle where it’s upside down and the lids on the bottom so everything’s always ready another material that I’ll use to kind of keep things together is Floral tape and I have some of it unpacked here. You can see floral tape is a little different It’s not really sticky like tape and it does take a certain technique on how to use it properly Which I will have in a future segment, but I’ll give you a little example here. I’ll tear this off it does tear easily it’s actually a tissue paper that’s been creped and then it has a wax finish and it stretches that you can wrap it around your stems now I want to say Not all floral tapes are the same and I really highly suggest if you’re going to buy a floral tape Make sure that you buy something that has made for florists if you get a craft floral tape in some of the big-box stores, I have found often that the wax is too hard and it just doesn’t stick and it will fall off my stem so get Something that is you know, like for florists like a floral tape But that’s the brand or even the Lia Griffith tape is also a high quality brand that is used by other florists as well So we have six colors in our pack they come in twos or you can probably find some other colors as well I like to have variety. So this is good another material that I use almost every single time I make a flower is Floral wire. So these are my four favorite floral wires. I love the paper covered I’ve found using just a wire or using the fabric covered They don’t work as well as the paper covered for some reasons. So this one here is a stem We call it a stem wire and it has an actual little bit of padding on it as well But it’s covered with the paper and I like this because it gives a nice natural-looking stem for your flowers Another wire that I you salats is this 18 gauge and this one also has a paper covering on it It’s a bit stiffer so that you can have a heavier flower head and it won’t fall over too much so that when I use a lot and then these are two other wires that I use quite a bit and they’re either a 24 or 26 gauge and they’re also paper covered. This one is white I’ll use this between petals you saw the iris earlier and the way that the iris petals were held into place This is actually glued between the two layers of crepe paper so that’s why I like having the white because it works with all of The lighter colors and then here’s the green and that one I use in darker petals or also in leaves so these are the four wires that we have in stock in our studio and This will cover pretty much anything that we need another material that we keep on hand in our studio are balls So we used to keep foam balls in our stood at what you’d use in the center of flowers and that helps Shape the center’s or gives us bulk where we need it But recently we decided that we wanted to go foam free and we found these beautiful Cotton spun balls that are made in Germany these come in all different sizes and some different shapes as well But we find these are the three sizes that we use the most in addition to that We also use little tiny wooden beads and these beads might be something that you’d see inside of a peony or this might be the center of a Wild rose blossom and these are great to work with you can paint them as well oftentimes. We’ll just cover them with crepe So then that’s the topic of adding color to your crepe paper and here are a few different materials that we use Although there are more out there This is a great place to start so we have the set of pan pastels and this one is actually a Lia Griffith Set although there are so many different pan pastels that you can buy you can get them in single pots You can find those at some art supply stores including blick. They carry them But this particular set are the seven that we use the most and this set actually comes with three of these Sponges that you can use to apply the pastel onto your crepe paper and I’ll just show you a little example here The pastel is a dry medium. You can actually screw them right on top of each other just like this Or you can keep them in the pan if you want to so it’s a dry medium It’s almost like makeup like an eyeshadow or a powder blush and it has a lot of tint to it These are originally manufactured for fine artist to do pastel drawings But since we found that they work so well with crepe paper We actually incorporate them into a lot of our projects So you can use the sponge just dip it in and then rub that onto the crepe paper or you can also use a soft Paintbrush and you just dip that in and paint it right onto your crepe and that works great So the pen pastels are great for adding a color in either an ombre or a gradation That you want to sort of soften out but if you want any Tips that are painted on your stamen or you want some dots on your petals of your tire Lily We found that markers work really well, and we often will use an alcohol base, but you can also use a water based marker Blick studio has a great brand. That’s pretty Inexpensive or you can use the higher-end brand like the Copic or tombow or whichever you find that works for you I like to use often the point end of it. These have two different points so we have more of a paintbrush point and then we have a Chisel point and oftentimes I end up using this point because it gives me a little bit finer look that I want another thing that we use a lot on our Stamen tips or sometimes if we need that little splash of color is just a simple acrylic craft paint again This is a black brand but you can get this pretty much anywhere. And if you’re using that, sometimes you’ll need a paintbrush Oftentimes I’ll just put that in a little pot and then dip my rolled stamen in to get that bald tip So I keep these all on hand at all times so that whatever paper flower I’m working on I can test and see which material or which medium works best to get the look that I want also Another thing that we use a lot in our studio is a colored paper for leaves and we often use this lighter tax white paper because that Seems to work really well for us You can use a cans on paper or even a card stock on some of your leaves But again something that we always keep on hand for those times that we want a specific look especially if it’s a more detailed leaf You can find the links below for the crepe paper For the tools that I’ve shown you and these extra materials that I have shown you right below so go check them out So if you enjoyed this video and you would like more we’re launching a course that will be released four times a year So there’s a link below run down put your name on our list So you will be the first to know when we’re launching it and you can join us for the full course We’re going to teach you every single thing We know about crepe paper flower making so if you found this video and you’re not yet a member over at lia Griffiths Comm come on over sign up. We have so much fun We have a monthly member make where we all make the same flower We do a live video for that and then we’re always teaching new flowers new techniques throughout the month So if you are into this crepe paper flower thing You’re going to want to be part of the crepe paper revival and hang out with us You You

59 thoughts on “10 Amazing Facts You’ll Want to Know About Crepe Paper

  1. boa tardé eu gosto muito do seu trabalho que pena que eu não entendo nada do que fala você pode colocar legenda para portugais ou français por favor muito obrigada

  2. you can put a subtitle in Portuguese in Spanish or French because I do not understand what you said.. Thank you very much

  3. Amazing! Thank you for all information. I have used all kind of crepe paper including Italian and Chinese brand, but I found the 160 gr of Grifttin is the best quality I need .

  4. Such a treat to watch you handling the crepe papers.i have been using the Italian one since now….. looking eagerly forward to buy your brand of crepe paper from Amazon for my next vacation crafts

  5. When I first made crepe paper flowers as a teenager, I actually used very old confetti streamers. The faded colors on some of the streamers worked to my advantage!

  6. Thank you for such a great information and for sourcing great quality and sustainable products 😊. Muchas gracias 😊 🌷🌷🌷🌷 I hope the panpastel arrive to spotlight in Australia soon, along with wire and balls. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 have a lovely day 💐💐💐💐

  7. Thank you for doing this video! I recently purchased some sets of your crepe papers and look forward to making some flowers, hopefully they look like yours! P.s., I only knew of Italian crepe paper and thought that's what yours were so I stand corrected (and more educated!).

  8. Lia, do you ever use a fixative spray with your flowers? If so can you elaborate when and which one you use? Thanks!

  9. I just found your channel. Have your book too. Didn't make the connection until you held up the book. Anyway, happy to have found you. Looking forward to making crepe flowers again. My grandmother showed me in the late 1960s. I hope mine are half as lovely as hers were.

  10. I cannot imagine the look in your face while visiting the german factory. Any chance we see some footage of that? Thanks for this very helpful video

  11. I just started making coffee filter flowers and they turned out great. I’m just discovering crepe flowers. I think it’s pretty amazing that you have now influenced the actual crepe paper industry just through making paper flowers. 🌸 🌺

  12. Lia sou brasileira, não entendo nada do que vc fala, mais amei teu trabalho!!! Ganhou mais uma inscrita. Vou ver todos os vídeos. Apaixonei. Xoxo

  13. What amazing products! And you are an excellent teacher. So glad I found your channel, and I look forward to learning more!

  14. FINALLY!!!! Thank you sooooooooooo very much! There are no places that carry papers in my area, so it’s impossible to feel and know the difference. (Other than the very cheapest crap)

  15. I came to find out how a paper that was soooo.common became so rare…i suspect govt regulations out the kazoo…
    I use to buy this at tg&y in 60s for next to nothing…now u dont see it at all….anyplace…..except internet…so.sad…u would think walmart would carry it…i remember making costumes out of it in the 50s…and making the worlds BEST birthday hats and christmas stuff EVER..and Easter…it isnt Easter with out it .best ever easter basket.decorations…..such great memories with just paper…rainy day fun with kids…and when they were so anxious for a holiday they were bursting at the seams..such fun fun memories

    Funny fact…during ww2 we made our own crepe paper by twisting it thru things…IT REALLY did t work but we had nothing.

    But we.never came.close to your flowers…lol …

  16. HI Lia when I was a student my mother showed me how to make crepe flowers. We used to make wreaths for funerals flowers were expensive here in Cyprus. Unfortunately I haven't any fotos.After some years flowers became cheaper and we stoped making them. You are very talented.your film reminded me those days!!! Thank you. Excelent job! Greetings from Cyprus.

  17. Just bought your book! Did you say something about non toxic? Can that be something to look out for? Thanks Lia!

  18. Qué pena!! Tan lejos y no poder comprarte todo ese hermoso material de trabajo!! México es el peor país para hacer mejor las cosas !! Y a su gente !! Solo le importa su vanidad y prepotencia e impiden El Progreso de unos cuántos!! Nadie te muestra o enseña, con ésa versatilidad y sencillez !! Y ni hablar !! Me encanta todo eso !! Pero no lo puedo obtener!! Gracias!!

  19. What a fantastic and informative video! Crepe paper dresses, who knew! How nice to see that a German company are market leaders in this field. I want to try to make these flowers soon, looking forward! Lots of love from south Germany

  20. Hi Lia. New subscriber here from Melbourne, Australia. I'm so inspired with all your works! Would love to start a hobby making flowers like these! Where can I get crepe papers like these down under?

  21. Can you help me please crepe papers not available in pakistan and I am very very loved with crepe papers … and I am also very talented to making these flowers but unfortunately in pakistan all of these crepe papers are not avail😑😢😒💔💔

  22. Hi … thanks a lot for this wonderful video… it’s so informative and I started falling in love with all of your videos… and all the flowers that you’ve made are gorgeous…

  23. Can you tell me a good plain white heavy crepe paper online? I have purchased yours and love it but at the moment I only need white and you can not purchase just plain white. 😞

  24. Hi Lia.. I had bought the double sided crêpe paper and made beautiful flowers but I heard they fade with time. I want some tips on preventing them from fading. Please help.

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