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Paper Flower Guide with Pictures

paper flowers

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Paper Flower Guide with Pictures

Paper flowers are undeniably amazing decor for both our homes and all kind of events and celebrations. It’s something that we can keep for way way longer than any fresh cut flowers there are.
In this quick paper flower guide I will show you how to create a paper flower step-by-step, with some of my own tips and tricks.


  • Thick paper – 67lb cover (or 175gsm) cardstock is one of the best choices, but going a little bit lower or higher won’t hurt. Try not to go over 110lb cover as the paper gets so thick it will crease easily.
  • Sharp scissors – and I really mean it! When cutting through several sheets of cardstock, you will have hard time with an old dull instrument.
  • Adhesive – ideally, hot glue is my go-to choice but any fast drying paper glue will do.
  • Bone folder to give the petals a smooth shape. As an alternative, you can use dull size of your scissors, thick marker or large hot glue stick.


After getting all the necessary materials, next step would be to cut out the petals. For the flower we are making in this guide you will only need one shape, sized down a little bit for every next layer.

Prepare 6 petals for each layer. The sizes are absolutely custom – the main rule of thumb is to make every next layer 1-1.5 inches shorter 🙂 Say, to make this flower in 15-16 inches, take large petal 8.5″, next 7.5″ and finish with ~6″ one.

cut paper petals

Make approximately 1 ½ inch cut at every petal’s base.


cut paper petals

Curl/Shape the petal with bone folder or any other tool of your choice. You can find a quick curling tutorial here.

shaped paper petals

Glue the tips together at an angle. Using a hexagon will help you spread the petals more evenly. You can even draw three guide lines for more precise application.

paper petals

Glue down first layer of petals in a circle.

assembling paper flower

When the first layer is complete, it’s a good time to add a wire loop on the back if you plan to hang the flower rather than stick it with mounting tape.

paper flower back

Repeat adding next two petal layers.

assembling paper flower

assembling paper flower

After the base is complete, the only thing that’s left is the center.

paper flower

Go wild here with your imagination – it’s the accent that will change whole flower’s look! Use fluffy fringes, add pearls or rhinestones, try mixing in some crepe paper or ready-made stamens from craft stores… The possibilities are truly endless, good luck and happy crafting!


paper flower tutorial

Paper Flower Guide – IvaCrafts