Making a Paper Bowl Sunflower

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October 29, 2018

Paper Bowl SunflowerSunflowers are so beautiful and are a popular fall decoration. I like to incorporate at least one sunflower craft into the classroom. This wall decor piece takes a couple days to complete, but it's perfect for this time of year. The students really seem to enjoy it.


Total Time: 2 classroom art sessions; approximately 1 hour to put together total and overnight for the bowl to dry after painting and gluing the seeds

Yield: 1+ sunflowers


  • 4 sheets of yellow construction paper
  • 1/2 sheet card stock, any color
  • 1 pencil
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • 1 small paper bowl
  • brown poster paint
  • 1 medium to large paint brush
  • sunflower seeds (optional)
  • Elmer's glue
Paper Bowl Sunflower - supplies


  1. Paint the outside of the paper bowl brown. Allow to dry. Mine took several hours. You can complete a few other steps while waiting.
  2. Paper Bowl Sunflower - paint the outside of the paper bowl
  3. Draw a sunflower petal onto the card stock and cut it out. Use it to trace 10-11 more petals onto the yellow construction paper. Cut them all out.
  4. Paper Bowl Sunflower - draw a flower petal on the cardstock and cut out
    Paper Bowl Sunflower - trace cardstock petal as a template and trace onto yellow paper
    Paper Bowl Sunflower - cut out the petals

  5. Staple all of the petals around the outside rim of the bowl. Only use one staple per petal so you can adjust them later.
  6. Paper Bowl Sunflower - staple petals to outside of bowl using only one staple per petal
    Paper Bowl Sunflower - full size view of the petals in place
  7. Optional: Apply Elmer's school glue on the brown bowl. Add sunflower seeds and allow to dry. You can also use hot glue.
  8. Paper Bowl Sunflower - you can apply glue to the bottom of the bowl and add sunflower seeds
  9. Hang your sunflower! It helps to hammer a hole, punch the nail through the rim of the bowl, and then stick the nail back into the hole. Adjust you petals to make your sunflower look more full.
  10. Paper Bowl Sunflower - hanging on the wall

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