Making Paper Daisies

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Making your own paper flowers is a great alternative to fresh cut flowers. Daisies make beautiful paper flowers. You can make them look real or cartoonish depending on the color and size you use. This is a page about making paper daisies.


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My friend's mother was gardening and got bitten by a hobo spider. Her arm puffed up and she was rushed to the hospital where she stayed for several days. When she got out, she was paranoid about anywhere a spider might be lurking about. I really wanted to get her some welcome home flowers, but what if she worried about critters being in there? I decided to make her these paper daisies instead. They are full of dimension and beautiful colours... and totally spider-free! All you need is some paper and a pair of scissors.

Total Time: 90 minutes

Yield: 5 large daisies


  • coloured paper or construction paper
  • scissors


  1. Fold one piece of paper in half.
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  3. Take the upper right corner and bring it to the left, making a triangle on top.
  4. Fold the rectangle on the bottom upwards.
  5. Unfold the paper so it's just the paper folded in half again, then cut the rectangle off. Save it for later.
  6. Unfold and you will have two squares adjoined, side by side.
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  8. Cut so you have two squares. Keep all the pieces you just cut, and start with one of the squares.
  9. Fold square up to the right to make a triangle.
  10. Bring bottom corner to upper left to make another triangle.
  11. Fold to the right to make an even smaller triangle.
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  13. Bring the left corner into the right side, folding it flush up to the line. View this as 2 triangles, one long main piece as the base, and a tiny one sitting on top.
  14. Cut the long main base at the top end so it's like a raindrop or an ice cream. The small triangle on top will be completely cut off.
  15. Unfold once and you will have a long heart.
  16. Cut a tiny piece of the tip off the heart.
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  18. Unfold and cut little a bit around the sides of each heart, then cut super short notches inside the hole. This will be the trick to keeping the pistil in place without any glue.
  19. Repeat the whole process with the other square, this time making the teardrop/ice cream shape a little bit smaller.
  20. Unfold and place on top of first flower.
  21. Take the reserved rectangle from earlier and fold it in half lengthwise.
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  23. Cut at the fold so you have 2 thin rectangles.
  24. Take one of the strips and fold 1 centimeter in lengthwise.
  25. Cut thin strips into the paper, stopping at the fold.
  26. Take one end of the fringed paper and roll it tightly until you get to the other side. This will be the flower's pistil.
  27. Place the pistil inside the two flower sheets.
  28. Use your fingers to flare out the outer pistils.
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Making paper daises is a fun and easy craft for these winter days. Here in Southern California, we are blessed with warm weather and early springs. Many flowers are blooming now and I was inspired to make, with paper, some paper daisies.

Purple and Pink Paper Daisies

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