Making Paper Flowers

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.

Paper flowers made with multicolored and patterned papers.
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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!

Paper Dahlia


  • 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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This is a simple origami flower made from paper. Kids can make this with their parents, too. It's great for gifts and party decorations.

bouqet of paper flowers that includes a pink flower, a purple flower and 3 multi-colored flowers made from advertisements in a crystal vase

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A beautiful use for discarded books.

Paper Flowers From Old Books, close up

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The spring colors of this bouquet will brighten up a wintry

Paper flowers.

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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

napkin flower

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Use circle template to cut a ring from cardstock. 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.

Paper Flower Wreath

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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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Martha Stewart has great paper flowers on her website.

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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. When you arrange it a certain way and then twist the stem part and tape or tie it together, it makes a flower.

Completed flower with twisted stem.

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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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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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Do you have a pattern for paper or fabric roses?

Birder from Flint, MI

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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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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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