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February 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Crepe Paper Ruffled Ombre Art

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Crepe Paper Streamer Ombre Tutorial
Years ago I saw a UndertheTableandDreaming by Stephanie Lynn of Under the Table and Dreaming that showed how to make an inexpensive art piece using nothing more than crepe paper streamers, a sewing machine, hot glue and a blank canvas.
Right now Ombre is all the rage.  I wanted to experiment with trying an ombre project, but didn’t want to spend a ton on materials.  As streamers cost about 79 cents a roll, it was a great medium to work with for very little money out of pocket.
Truth be told, it did take scouring several places to find all of the colors I needed to.  But in the end I found 7 colors that went from a maroon to white.
The canvas I was working on was 16 x 20 inches.  I cut my streamers into 32 inch lengths, twice the width of the canvas.
I then set my sewing machine to the longest stitch it allowed…
I ran the streamers through the machine with a 1/4 inch “seam”
And I then pulled one string to ruffle it.
Love all of the colors!
I then just layered the ruffles one on top of the other.

I secured using some hot glue, and was sure to go around the edges.

In all I used 22 ruffles, three of each color and then a fourth of the white.
I am very happy with how it turned out!
The ruffles are so interesting, visually, and no one who has seen it has recognized that they were streamers.
Inexpensive to make, but I think it has great visual impact!

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  1. I am in love with this Ombre art!! It is so pretty:) I would love you to stop by and link up at my slowly growing link party!

    Have a great weekend:)

  2. That looks awesome! I'm impressed that you made something pink…I have a hard time crafting pink things for some reason:)

  3. Jenny@NorthwestLovelies says:

    This is gorgeous! Thanks for the great tutorial! I can totally see something like this in my daughter's big girl room!

  4. Love it! So fun and festive! 🙂

  5. This is so cute! What a fun decoration for a birthday party, a nursery, or just a fun room 🙂

  6. Designed by Dawn Nicole says:

    SO cute! I love ombre and I had no idea you could sew crepe paper!

  7. This is gorgeous! I wish I had a sewing maching so that I could do fun, pretty non-sewing projects like this!

  8. PitterAndGlink says:

    Cute! 🙂

    • You and your sister are so blesesd to be able to travel through motherhood together. What fun!Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!! Hope you are having a lovely week!

  9. This is really cute and could be done in any color scheme.

    Congrats on your features this week. I've seen this project in two places already!

    I'm pinning it, too!

  10. This is beautiful! I so want to make one TODAY!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  11. I love doing this and adding to cards, scrapbook pages and projects but what I want to know is where did you find those fabulous colors of crepe paper streamers?

  12. Melissa C. says:

    This is absolutely stunning! My name is Melissa and I'm the managing editor for I'd love the opportunity to publish this on our site! You can contact me at for more information. Thanks and have a wonderful day! 🙂

  13. Dear Momma D,

    Your tutorial was a great inspiration for me today. I found some old crepe paper today and I also needed to create a donation box for an upcoming charitable event.

    I searched the Internet up and down and found your creation, which was just what I needed. I adapted it to my needs (didn’t sew the streamers, just glued them on the box) and this is the result

    Thank you for the inspiration and keep up the good work!

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  15. Where did you find all of your crepe paper colors?

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  17. Can is this the only way to make with a sewing machine

  18. Is the only way to make with a sewing machine

  19. I did this with regular crepe streamers, gluing them to the canvas, and it turned out great!

  20. Thank you for posting this tutorial! You are so talented. I love the ombre art. I found this just at the right time. I am giving a baby shower and this will be a perfect gift. I purchased a high chair for the baby which came is a sizable box. I purchased wrapping paper which is white with tiny pink polka dots. I wonder how this idea would work to wrap a section of the box as you have on the canvas?

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