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
Here's what you need:
- Colored paper
- Ruler or paper trimmer (for adult prep)
- 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
- 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
Shamrock Centerpiece project.
That's it! Now you know how to make paper flowers!
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