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Paper Flowers

What you will make:

See how easy it is to make paper flowers from folded squares of colored paper. After a little preparation by the adult or teen leaders, it's just "fold, cut and glue" to make colorful flowers that can adorn cards, gifts, place cards, centerpieces, picture frames, and more.

This project is great for family, classroom or group craft time. It requires no patterns and uses simple materials.

At the end of this project page, find links to other sites with flower inspiration and more paper flower fun!

Related projects: For more realistic flowers, see the Spring Flower Bouquet project, and for a simple vase, see the Shamrock Centerpiece project or the Flared Boxes project.

Here's what you need:
  • Colored paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or paper trimmer (for adult prep)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Optional: Pipe cleaners, liquid white glue (PVA)

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Paper Flowers

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Pre-cut squares of colored paper in assorted colors and sizes. Squares that are 2" to 4" (4 to 10 cm) work well with standard-weight paper. Use heavier paper for larger flowers and lighter paper for smaller ones.

Step 2: Fold Squares

Fold each square into quarters. Either fold on the vertical and horizontal centerlines or on the diagonals.

Tip: Carefully match corners and make sharp folds. Neatness counts.

Step 3: Cut

Cut a petal shape from the folded square. The center of the flower is the corner where the folds come together. Make that corner the base of your petal shape. Draw the petal shape with a pencil if you like, but after a few times, cutting freehand will be easy.

Cut some small circles for flower centers or use a punch to make circles.

Step 4: Assemble Flowers

Unfold the cut squares and stack two coordinating colors together for each flower. Pick a circle for the center. Glue everything together with a bit of glue in the centers.

Tip: Give the petals some shape by curling the tips around a pencil.

Step 5: Add Leaves (optional)

Make leaves by folding rectangles of green paper in half and cutting a leaf shape. Unfold, then refold one leaf over the other in a V-shape. Glue the leaves to the back of the flower.

Tip: You can make a paper vase for your paper flowers—see the Shamrock Centerpiece project.

Flowers in vase

That's it! Now you know how to make paper flowers!
Bouquet of paper flowers

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  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

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Okay, get started!!!

Bouquet of paper flowers

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Tip: Glue pipe cleaners to the backs of paper flowers to make a bouquet.

Waxed paper flowers

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Tip: Make Paper Flowers with Handmade Waxed Paper. Compare the translucent look of the flower made with waxed paper on the right to the plain paper flower on the left.

Decorate gifts with paper flowers

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Tip: Decorate gifts with paper flowers.

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