How to Make Crepe Paper Petals for Costumes

Cutting Strips of Petals from Crepe Paper

Slip the paper from the packet, mark and cut off the required width. Unfold the strip, stretch slightly, then starting with the two ends together refold until there are eight thick­nesses. Make straight cuts down the required distance apart and round off the sections as necessary. Be sure to leave a piece of paper at the top at least 2 or 3 inches uncut (illustration No.2).

Creating Twisted Petals from Crepe Paper

Cut strips of petals as described above, then holding a petal division between the thumbs and forefingers of both hands, twist towards you with one hand and away with the other. Repeat until the whole strip is twisted (illustration No.3).

Making Rose Petals from Crepe Paper

Roll the top edges of the petal over a knitting needle of suitable size, and if a crushed effect is wanted, push the paper close together as it is rolled around the needle. When very large petals are being made use a pencil in­stead of a knitting needle (illustration No.4).

Making Cup Shaped Petals from Crepe Paper

Take several thicknesses of petals together or a single petal and with the thumbs in the center of the petal and the forefingers on the opposite side near the edges push the petal into shape.

How to Wire Crepe Paper Petals and Leaves for Costumes

How to Wire Crepe Paper Petals and Leaves

Use straight wires, not spool wire, unless the petals are very small. Cut the wires a little longer than the petals to which they are to be attached. Hold about six wires by one end, keeping them out in a flat row rather than in a tight bunch. Rest the other end on a piece of paper on the table and cover one side of the wires with paste. Place the wires, one at a time, sticky side down, in the center of a petal or leaf, allowing the extra length to extend below the base. Press down firmly until dry.

How To Wrap Wires with Crepe for Costumes

How to Wrap Wires with Crepe Paper

The crepe paper for wrapping wires should be cut through the entire thickness of the fold and doubled through the center lengthwise. This may be done by folding the entire strip before starting to wind the paper around the wire or by folding and winding at the same time. Put a little paste at the end of the wire and wind the crepe around two or three times very tightly; then, holding the wire in the right hand, twirl it Continue reading “How To Wrap Wires with Crepe for Costumes”

Chrysanthemum Costume

Flower Crepe Paper Costume
Chrysanthimum Crepe Paper Costume

materials needed (16 year old size):

4 Folds Crepe Paper color selected
2 Folds No. 45 Moss Green Crepe Paper
1/2 Doz. No.7 Wire
1 Spool No. 2 Wire

Before making any Crepe Paper Costumes you may want to read the Basic Instructions for Making Crepe Paper Costumes.

The skirt is made of rows of pointed petals sewed to Continue reading “Chrysanthemum Costume”

How to Make Crepe Paper Costumes

There are two ways of making crepe paper costumes; the dress made over a cloth foundation, to which the paper is sewed or pasted, and the “slip-over” model that is made apron style and worn over the regular frock. Complete instructions for making “slip-over costumes” can be found by clicking here.

A muslin slip that fits the person and slips over the head or buttons in the back is the most satisfactory to use. Sometimes a slip that fastens in front can be buttoned up and then the back cut open. When this is done, turn the paper well over the edges and paste down neatly. Instead of using the hooks or buttons, sew narrow ribbons on both sides and tie. Sometimes  snap fasteners, that can be purchased on tape,can be used to good advantage.When costumes are to be made of fringe it is desirable to have the slip the same color as the fringe. A white slip can be easily colored with soap dye.

Slips do not often have sleeves or are they required. If sleeves are needed they may be cut from muslin or net and sewed in the slip before or after being covered with crepe paper. When sewing in crepe paper sleeves always reinforce with a double fold of crepe paper around the armhole. Regular dress patterns may be used for cutting waists and sleeves but they are not often required.

Crepe paper may be sewed on the sewing machine or by hand. When sewing by hand, use silkateen or other soft finish thread and have the stitches quite long and not very near the edge. The sewing machine can be used to good advan­tage for sewing two widths of crepe paper together, gathering ruffles, stitching up seams and sewing on bands. It is not always necessary to gather the paper with needle and thread, especially when making hats; the paper can be gathered up in the fingers and a wire twisted around to hold the paper in place.

Always make the skirt first; as the paper is only 20 inches wide, and to hang well the paper must be used with the grain of the crepe running up and down, often two widths may be sewed or pasted together. When joining two widths, lap one flat over the other about half an inch and stitch on the sewing machine or paste. If possible make the piecing come on the lower part of the skirt.

Instead of fastening two widths together, two or more ruffles are often used. Sew the Slip for Crepe Paper Costumelower one in place first (illustra­tion No.1). The others should be sewed on so that the lower edge will be at least 3 inches below the gathers of the lower ruffle. The bottom ruffle should extend at least 3 inches be­ low the bottom of the slip.

In most cases, the waist should be slightly full and sewed to the foundation at the waist line and around the neck. Measure a full width strip of crepe paper about thes houlders loosely. Add from 10 to 20 inches for fullness. Start at the back at the waistline and gather in the fullness, fastening with pins so that any necessary alterations may be made easily. Draw up the material and pin in place around the neck and armholes. Cut the paper off, turn in if necessary and sew in place. For a neat finish at neck and armholes, allow the paper to extend about an inch beyond the foundation, slash about one inch apart, then turn the edge over and paste on the wrong side of the foundation.

It will not be necessary to turn in raw edges and no hems need be made, but often the edges are turned up, creased sharply and fluted.

How to Make Slip-Over Costumes of Crepe Paper

Slip Over CostumeA Slip-Over Costume is what its name implies and is worn over any simple frock. It does not require a muslin foundation; all that is needed for the founda­tion is a straight strip of crepe paper, long enough to reach from the neck, front and back, to the waist line or below. It may be made the correct width either by cutting as shown by the dotted lines in illustration No.1, or one or two tucks may be made as shown in illustration No. 2. An oval or oblong piece is cut out for the neck.

To this foundation ruffles, fringe or flower petals are sewed or pasted. The front and back are usually just alike. Narrow ribbons are sewed on each side, front and back, atthe waist line to hold the costume in place. A slip-over and cap to match, made from one fold of crepe paper, are shown below. Continue reading “How to Make Slip-Over Costumes of Crepe Paper”

Scarecrow Costume to Make

Scarcrow CostumeMaterial (4-8 yr.) – Verybest Crepe,

  • 2 folds No. 147 Orange,
  • 1 fold each No. 142 Canary,
  • No. 183 Sand,
  • No. 188 Brown,
  • No. 139 GrassGreen;
  • 2 1/2 yds. 1/2″ yellow ribbon,
  • snap fasteners.

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Using 2 yds. for fullness, make a gathered skirt of orange with 5″ deep fringe at bottom. Stitch a 5″ deep fringe of yellow, sand and brown under the orange, Fig. C. Make a plain fitted waist of double thickness of orange*. Bind around neck and armholes with a 2″ wide strip of orange folded like bias tape to 1/2″. Stitch skirt to waist.

Make a green bolero jacket of a double thickness, Fig. D. Bind edges with green. Gather and sew a soft fringe* of the 5 colors about 10″ deep across the tops of the armholes. When cutting fringe, fold so that there will be a heading at both ends uncut, Fig. E. Stitch a 3″ deep stiff fringe at bottom, Fig. F.  Add ribbons to tie.

Make a neck ruff of the 5 colors cut 6″ wide, 1 yd. long, fringed from both edges to within I” of center. Gather to 8″ length and stitch to ribbon long enough to tie around neck, Fig. G.


For the hat, fold a 20″ wide piece of yellow crepe paper 22″ long (or correct head size) through the middle across the grain. Seam short ends. Gather open edges (see page 23). Cut fringe and pull through slits in hat. Stretch lower edge to make brim roll up slightly.

* detailed instructions for these processes can be found on pages 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 of

45 Easy to Make Costumes and Accessories of Crepe Paper

Angel Costume to Make from Crepe Paper

Angel Costume to Make

Instructions for making Feather-Like Angel Wings and an Angel Costume (robe & halo) – all from Crepe Paper!

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Pixie Costume to Make

pixie1-webMaterial (4-6 yr.) ~ Verybest Crepe,

  • 1 fold each No. 131 Nile Green,
  • No. 139 GrassGreen;
  • 2 yds. 1/2″ green ribbon;
  • small metalbell;
  • paste;
  • muslin slip.

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Make darts in slip for snug fit at waist*. Using about 2 1/2 yds. for fullness, make gathered skirt of light green 3″ above knees. Stitch to slip I” below waistline*.

Cut a 60″ strip of dark green the same length as the skirt into 5″ wide, 5″ deep points*, Fig. G. Gather and stitch at waistline.

Make a plain blouse of dark green*. Cut 5″ wide strips of both colors long enough to go around armholes. Fold together and cut one long edge into 3″ wide, 3″ deep points. Stitch around points, turn and press. Stitch around armholes and fold over to outside. Make a similar pointed piece and stitch around neck, Fig. H.


Make similar double-pointed strip for top of skirt. Stitch in place, at the same time turning the bottom of the blouse under and stitching, Fig. J.

Cut cap from double thickness of dark green with pattern, Fig. K. Stitch from top of fold around to head size. Turn. Bind head size with a 2″ wide strip of light green, folded like bias  tape to 1/2″. Stitch in place. Sew small bell to point of cap.

* detailed instructions for these processes can be found on pages 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 of

45 Easy to Make Costumes and Accessories of Crepe Paper

Bo-Peep Costume to Make

bopeep1-webMaterial (6-8 yr.) – Verybest Crepe,

  • 2 foldsNo. 165 Pink,
  • 1 fold each No. 120 Baby Blue, No. (100 White if crepe paper blouse is to be made),
  • No. 108 Black;
  • 1 sheet pink Mat Stock;
  • 1 1/2 yds. 1/4″  black satin ribbon;
  • 3 yds. 2″ pink ribbon;
  • snap fasteners;
  • white cotton blouse or muslin slip;
  • 1 sheet floral design Gift Wrapping Paper;
  • paste.

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You may use a white cotton blouse and make a separate skirt or the entire costume may be made of crepe paper sewed to a muslin slip. Make the skirt long enough to come 3″ or 4″ below the knees after 2″ has been turned under and stitched to represent a hem. Use 2 1/2″  yds. for fullness and stitch to 1″ wide waistband, at the same time stitching panniers in place.


For panniers, cut a piece of blue crepe 20″ wide, 30″ long in shape of Fig. E. Turn curved edges under 1″ and stitch. Cut flowers from the wrapping paper and paste 6″ apart all over the shaped piece. Double through the middle of 22″ side and seam. Gather the now straight edge, drawing up to about 8″. Make two and sew one to skirt at each side, about 4″ from front edge of bodice when it is laced as shown in illustration. Tuck the seamed end in and fold as shown in illustration.

Make bodice of a double thickness of black, Fig. F. Punch holes in front edges and lace with black ribbon. Turn under at back edges and sew snap fasteners in place.

Bo-Peep’s hat, Figs. L and M, is like the “Jiffy Hat” shown on page 23.

* detailed instructions for these processes can be found on pages 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 of

45 Easy to Make Costumes and Accessories of Crepe Paper