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Making Paper Flowers

Paper flowers made with multicolored and patterned papers.

Making paper flowers is a fun craft activity for young and old alike. They can be very simple in their design or much more complex. This is a guide about making paper flowers.


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Paper Flower

bouqet of paper flowers that includes a pink flower, a purple flower and 3 multi-colored flowers made from advertisements in a crystal vaseThis is a simple origami flower made from paper. Kids can make this with their parents, too. It's great for gifts and party decorations.

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Paper Flowers From Old Books

Paper Flowers From Old Books, close upA beautiful use for discarded books.

Approximate Time: 1 hour


  • discarded book
  • hot glue


Friendly Disclaimer: Let's get this out of the way up front. I'm a book-lover. I would never do this with a book that could still be enjoyed as "a book," and I'm going to trust that you never would either. I use books that are in very bad condition, headed for the landfill, especially ones that I have multiples of, like the old hymn books I collect.

Now, on to the craft.

Tear out a section of pages from the binding of the book. For the one in this photo, I think I used about 6 pages.

Keeping all the pages together, draw petal shapes onto the top page of your stack. I did a free-hand tear-drop shape. You will want to draw the petals in 6 separate sizes, large to small. Use more pages if you can't get all 6 sizes onto the top page.

Cut out your petals through all 6 pages at once, so that you end up with 6 of each size. 36 total petals.

If you want curly petals, roll the rounded tip-end of each petal around a pencil. Or wait until your flower is complete and fold some of the petals to suit your fancy.

When your petals are all cut out, you can start to assemble your flower.

Smallest petals first, glue the petals to each other at their pointed ends, in a fairly tight grouping. Now glue the next size to the backs of the small grouping.

Work your way outward with each petal size forming a flower.

Make the middle piece by rolling one more large petal shape and pinching one end. Glue it into the middle of the completed flower.

Now your flower is ready to be used in any way you like. The possibilities are endless.

Paper Flowers From Old Books

Mine is going on a wreath.

By Gloria from western NY

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Paper Dahlia

Paper Dahlia

This beautiful paper dahlia looks much harder to make than it is. Make one or more to decorate your walls. They can be made in numerous sizes too!


  • 1 (8 inch) cardboard cake circle (or thick cardboard cut to size)
  • 4 dark purple 12 x12 scrapbook papers)
  • 7 medium purple 12 x12 scrapbook papers)
  • 4 light purple 12 x12 scrapbook papers)
  • hot glue gun
  • stapler
  • scissors
  • chenille stick or ribbon (for hanger)


  1. Cut (16) dark purple 6 x 6 squares. Cut (26) 5 x 5 inch medium purple squares. Cut (15) 4 x 4 inch light purple squares.
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  3. Roll each dark purple square into a cone and staple it at the bottom to hold it together.
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  5. Apply hot glue along the edge and glue it in place.
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  7. Flatten the cones at the ends. Then attach the first layer of "petals" to the cardboard circle, about 2 inches in from the edge. Glue the next petal directly across from the first one. Then do the same with two more petals, dividing the circle into quarters, as shown below.
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  9. Now add a petal, centered between two petals. Then fill in that section with two more petals. Repeat in each of the other sections.
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  11. Make your medium purple petals following the previous steps. Then start the second layer by attaching a medium purple petal in between two of the dark petals. Glue in place a little bit further into the center of the cardboard circle, as shown below.
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  13. Now add another layer of medium purple petals. Again placing the petals between two of the petals in the previous layer and gluing them a little more towards the center of the cardboard circle. NOTE: You may not be able to put a petal in-between every petal in the previous layer. Just fit as many as you can.
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  15. Make the light purple petals following the same instructions above. With these petals you will want to also curl the ends a little to make them easier to glue in place. Now attach a layer of these petals, fitting in as many as you can (approx. 9 petals).
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  17. Now apply hot glue to the center of the flower and add a few petals to the middle to fill it in.
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  19. Use hot glue to attach a hanger and cover it with a small piece of paper.
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  21. Hang up your new paper dahlia and enjoy!
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Source: Based on a project found on

By lalala... [729]

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Paper Flower Bouquet

The spring colors of this bouquet will brighten up a wintry day and bring a little sunshine into someone's home. Scrapbook papers, pink textured cardstock and painted bamboo skewers were used to create this bouquet. Paper flowers.


  • petal pot
  • spray paint in light pink
  • acrylic paint in apple green
  • 10" bamboo skewers
  • Styrofoam floral block
  • scrapbook papers
  • green and pink textured cardstock
  • 1" scallop circle punch
  • buttons
  • 1/8" satin ribbon - dot green
  • hot glue
  • glue stick
  • pencil
  • 2 chipboard flowers (used as template)
  • paper shreds
  • scissors
  • paint brush


  1. Protect work area with newspapers. Spray paint petal pot pink and allow to dry.
  2. Paint bamboo skewers green. Allow to dry.
  3. Cut as many flowers as you require from pink cardstock and scrapbook papers using the chipboard flowers as template.
  4. Use 1 inch scallop circle punch, to punch circle shapes from cardstock (green and pink) and scrapbook papers. Glue circle paper at the center of each flower.
  5. Center a button on each flower with a dot of hot glue.
  6. Cut various sizes of bamboo skewer. Use hot glue or double-sided tape to adhere paper flowers to one side of the bamboo skewer.

    Note: You can add two flowers on each piece of skewer (front and back).

  7. Then tie ribbon bow around bamboo skewer.
  8. Cut floral foam to fit into petal pot. Adhere it to the center bottom of pot with a hot glue. Stick bamboo skewer (with paper flowers) into foam.
  9. Closeup.

  10. Arrange paper shreds to cover foam.
  11. Attach a personalized tag with small foam adhesive.
  12. Gift card.

Sources: Ready-to-go! Blank Board Decor (Mini Petal Pots); Krylon Spray Paint Satin (Ballet Slipper); Delta acrylic paint;; Martha Stewart scallop circle punch

By Maricel from Fairfax, VA

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Craft: Crayon Paper Flowers for Children

Take a paper that is blank and color it red or pink at the top, about two inches down. Then color the rest of the paper green, on both sides of the paper. Then when you arrange it a certain way, as in the pictures, and then twist the stem part and tape or tie it together, it makes a flower. Sheet of paper colored pink and green. Photo of the paper after it has been scrunched more. Folding and making flower protion. Completed flower with twisted stem.

I watched a neighbor do this on my porch. It was so cute. I love entertaining kids with paper crafts!

By Robyn from Tri-Cities, TN

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Tip: Newspaper Flowers

Reuse old newspapers or magazines by making them into flowers. Choose a few of your favorite images or texts (old poetry works great). You can even dye regular newspaper using the water from boiling beets. Cut paper into different sizes of circles with wavy circumferences. Put the smallest one in the middle on top. Pinch the center of the back and twist so that all layers are wrapped together. Insert a piece of wire through the pinched area once or twice then wrap it around. Tie the wire to a stick or a pencil to give it a creative twist. Make several and place in a vase or give to a loved one as a nice gift.

By Emma from Missoula, MT

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Tip: Use Fragrance Strips for Paper Flowers

Saw a nice tip about crafting when I read something in a calendar at the store. Use fragrance strips to cut out to make scented flowers. You could make a nice corsage or put the paper flowers on a wire stem, or even one of those wire place holders you see a lot of. Good for a budget valentine.

By Pamphyila from L.A., CA

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Craft Project: Paper Flower Wreath

Paper Flower Wreath

Paper Flower Wreath

Make beautiful flower wreath from decorative papers.

Approximate Time 1 hour


  • Cardstock
  • Decorative papers
  • Brads
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Heat gun


  1. Use circle template to cut a ring from cardstock.
  2. Trace big and small flowers onto decorative papers. Cut out. Punch a hole on center, and insert brad. Curl up the edges of each layer with your fingers.
  3. Adhere flowers to the cardstock ring.
  4. Cut a length of ribbon and adhere to the back of the ring.

By Maricel from Fairfax, VA

Click Here for the Flower Wreath Template.

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Craft: Cupcake-Paper Flowers

Photo of paper flowers made with cupcakes.Great for Mother's Day. Use up to a dozen liners for each flower. This is from Martha Stewart.

By Melanie from NC

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Question: Making Paper Flowers, Mosaics and Faux Stained Glass

I'm looking for instructions for making realistic paper flowers. I'm also looking for information about paper mosaics and faux stained glass.

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By Lisa from Lena, WI (Guest Post) 01/13/2008 Flag

Martha Stewart has great paper flowers on her website.

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Do you have a pattern for paper or fabric roses?

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By Mary 16 09/14/2006 Flag

I found these instruction by using Google. Hope it helps some. uses crepe paper looked nice Origami one - looked complex but beautiful simple paper napkin rose ... /uk/11/features/craftyart/intro.html tissue paper - looked beautiful tissue party rose tissue cabbage rose shows a couple of roses from napkins

if you Google in Napkin folding - there are tons of pages. Some of the instructions look like roses.

I couldn't find anything under fabric roses!

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Paper Napkin Rose

We were eating out and when we were done, Trey, our friend's teenage child, presented us all with a "paper rose." I could not tell you how he did it, even as I watched, art is amazing, and even this photo does not do justice to how much it looks like a rose. He started out by rolling the napkin into a cylinder, but the leaf, I have no idea.

Isn't it beautiful?

By Robyn Fed

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