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Spring Flower Bouquet

What you will make:

In this project, craft flowers from computer paper. You can make a paper daffodil, a paper tulip and a paper iris, complete with stems and leaves. Use ribbon to tie them up in a bunch, then give them to someone special. The flowers are also wonderful party favors and gift package decorations.

Related projects: For more fanciful flowers, see the Paper Flowers project, and for a simple vase see the Shamrock Centerpiece project or the Flared Boxes project.

Here's what you need:
  • Yellow and green computer paper
  • Glue stick
  • Optional supplies: A ruler, a piece of pretty ribbon, and a vase or other type of flower holder. Also, white computer paper and colored craft or construction paper may be used in place of colored computer paper.
  • Scissors
  • Round pencil or pen

This project is rated EASY (tulip and iris) to AVERAGE (daffodil) to do.

How to Make a Spring Flower Bouquet

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Print both the Spring Flowers and the Stems and Leaves patterns. Print the black and white Spring Flowers pattern on yellow paper, and the black and white Stems and Leaves pattern on green paper. Another option is to print the black and white patterns on white paper and trace the patterns onto colored craft or construction paper. You can also print the colored patterns on white paper, but the pattern pieces will have white backs unless you print something on the back.

To make a bouquet of just daffodils, print the Paper Daffodil and the Stems and Leaves patterns. For more daffodil options, see Paper Daffodil Patterns.

To make a bouquet of just tulips, print the Paper Tulip and the Stems and Leaves patterns.  For more tulip options, see Paper Tulip Patterns.

To make a bouquet of nothing but irises, print the Paper Iris and the Stems and Leaves patterns.

Spring Flowers

Printable pattern for Spring Flower Bouquet flowers

Spring Flowers

Printable pattern for Spring Flower Bouquet flowers

Stems and Leaves

Printable pattern for stems and leaves

Stems and Leaves

Printable pattern for color stems and leaves

Paper Daffodil

Printable pattern for Paper Daffodil flowers

Paper Daffodil

Printable pattern for Paper Daffodil flowers

Paper Tulip

Printable pattern for Paper Tulip flowers

Paper Tulip

Printable pattern for Paper Tulip flowers

Paper Iris

Printable pattern for Paper Iris flowers

Paper Iris

Printable pattern for Paper Iris flowers

Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.

All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.

Step 2: Cut Cut out pattern pieces

The flower pattern has the petal pieces for all three flowers and the leaf pattern has three sets of stems and leaves. Cut out each pattern piece on its black outline. Be sure to cut inward on the four solid black lines on each side of the tulip pattern. Also cut inward on the top and bottom of the daffodil center. The short black lines form the flower's fringe and the bottom of the daffodil cup.

Tip: If you are using construction paper, trace the leaves and stems onto green paper and the flowers onto yellow, red or purple paper as you like.

Step 3: Tulip Form tulip

Make creases on all the dotted lines on the tulip pattern by folding inward (toward the printed side), and then unfold. The pattern has two loose squares on all four sides. On each side, glue one of the squares completely on top of the other one at a right angle.

Tip: Spread the glue thinly and evenly before pressing the side pieces together.

Step 4: Iris Form iris

Using a round pencil or pen, roll every other iris petal slightly downward. Curve the other three petals up and toward the center. Take two of the upwardly curving petals, overlap about ¼" (.6 cm), and glue together. Overlap and glue the third petal to the other two.

Tip: Use small dots of glue where the upper petals overlap.

Step 5: Daffodil Form daffodil

DAFFODIL CENTER: Form a cylinder out of the daffodil center piece. Fold the fat, short tabs under and glue together to form the bottom. (A dot of glue on every other tab may be enough.)

DAFFODIL PETALS: Fold petals up to stick out from the ring (perpendicular to ring) on both petal pieces. Glue the first petal ring around the daffodil center, overlapping the ends about ¼" (.6 cm). Glue the second petal ring on top of the first one, with its petals centered between the petals of the first ring.

FINISHING: Use a round pencil or pen to curl the center fringe outwards. Curl 2 or 3 pieces of fringe at a time. Give all the petals a slight forward curve with the pencil.

Tip: Use glue sparingly on this flower to avoid sticky fingers. Place the two petal rings snugly around the center cup.

Step 6: Stems and Leaves Fold and glue stems and leaves

Fold the stem pieces lengthwise along both long dashed lines. Unfold one edge and apply glue down the length of the stem. Refold sides together and press to smooth.

Fold the leaf pieces lengthwise along the center dashed line, but do not glue. Glue the bottom tip of the leaves to the bottom end of the stem at a very slight angle. Use your fingers to give the stems a slight curve near the top. Then bend over a small ¼" to ½" tab (6 cm) at the top of the stem for gluing to the bottom center of your flower.

Tip: Use a ruler or straight table edge to help start the folds.

Step 6: Tie Bouquet
Tie flowers into a bouquet

Hold your flowers together in a loose bunch, and tie a ribbon around the stems and leaves about 2" to 3" (5 cm) from the flower bases. Display the flowers in a flower vase or pencil holder. You could also make a simple paper vase—see the Shamrock Centerpiece project or the Flared Boxes project.

Tip: Instead of ribbon, use the paper band on the flowers pattern to tie up the flower bouquet.

That's it! Your bouquet is done!
Spring Flower Bouquet of paper flowers

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Thanks to...

Thanks to Janet LaFara for creating the original version of this craft for Aunt Annie's Craft Page in 1997.

ePaper Extra

Wild Dots ePaper

Tip: The Wild Purple Dots, Wild Red Dots and Wild Green Dots ePapers coordinate with the flowers in this project, and can be used to make the vase in the Shamrock Centerpiece project.

Spring flower bouquet in vase from Flared Box project

Tip: The vase in the Flared Boxes project can be used to display the bouquet. A few marbles in the bottom will keep the vase from toppling over. The Wild Purple Dots ePaper was used to make the vase.

Spring Flower Bouquet in simple vase

Tip: The flowers also look nice in the simple vase from the Shamrock Centerpiece project.

Flowers made using colored patterns with ePaper dots printed on the back

Tip: The flowers and leaves made using the colored patterns will have white backs unless you print something on the back. These flowers have Aunt Annie's Pink Orangeade ePaper printed on the reverse side.

Spring Flower Bouquet tied up with printed bouquet ring

Tip: Instead of a ribbon, use the bouquet ring on the Spring Flowers pattern to tie up the bouquet.

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Printable patterns for paper daffodils

Tip: For more daffodils, see Paper Daffodil Patterns page.

Printable patterns for paper tulips

Tip: To make nothing but tulips, print paper tulip Black & White or Color patterns and a Stems and Leaves pattern. And for more tulip patterns, see Paper Tulip Patterns page.

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