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How to Make Paper Flowers

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

Have you ever wondered how to make paper flowers? There are so many lovely ways to learn how to make paper flowers. It's a great papercraft technique. One way is to use your heart punches. You can make flat flowers or 3-d ones very easily. I show you how to use them on this page but scroll down for many more ideas linked to this page.

"A profusion of pink roses
bending ragged in the rain
speaks to me of all gentleness
and its enduring".
~The Collected Later Poems of William Carlos Williams

How to make paper flowers

To make flat paper flowers, you will need:

  • A heart punch. Use several different sizes of heart punches if you want to make a few different sized flowers
  • Some cardstock or designer series paper
  • Some adhesive such as a glue pen, flex or other double sided tape runner, or even a hot glue gun
  • Perhaps a circle punch for the centre, or you could use a brad, a gem, another shaped punch, or anything else that you think would make the centre of the flowers pretty
  • Scissors with a sharp point are often very useful, but sometimes not really necessary. The punch can do all of the cutting for you but you may want them to add a finishing touch or two
  • Pens, sponge daubers and ink, paints or other markers for adding a little depth to your blossoms with a few lines or accents. I used a lot of metallic pens for this project, like gold, copper or silver or even all three with a little black to add more depth

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Here's How to Make Paper Flowers like the ones in my illustration above, only flat:

Heart shaped paper flower step by step visual
  • Step 1 - decide what size heart punch you want to use. It will be forming the petals. Punch out about seven hearts. You may need more or less, depending on the punch size and how much you want to overlap the hearts
  • Steps 2 to 5 - Now use your markers or pens to make the centres seem more like blooms. I coloured the point of my hearts as they will form the centres of the blossoms. I also ran a little edge over the outside of the heart as shown in steps two and three
  • Step 6 to 7 – Assemble your hearts together as shown, continuing until you have enough to make a flower. Put some adhesive behind each petal so it will stick to the last one. When you reach the last petal, slip it under the first and adhere it down
  • Step 8 – Shape your flower with the shaping tool or the back of a spoon. This process is described in more detail below
  • Step 9 – punch out the shapes to make the centre of your flower. I used two punches here, a flower punch and a circle punch. If you use a flower punch like this where the petals are a silhouette, punch the flower first then punch out around it with your circle punch. If you try it the other way round, the circle will slip around in the flower punch and it be hard to get an even border
  • Step 10 – With this centre decoration, I added accents with gold, silver and black pens then trimmed around the image with my sharp little scissors
  • Step 11 – The shaped centre (See below)

For one finished effect, you can now use the flat shapes as they are. Just place the centre piece in the middle and glue it down. This is great for scrapbook albums where you don’t want too much bulk for cards you want to mail.

You now know how to make flat paper flowers with your heart punches and are ready to adhere your finished flower to your project!

Now, would you like to know how to make paper flowers with a 3-d effect?

Remember there are also step-by-step instructions for making Paper Roses on another page - why not consider using both on your project? :)

Punched paper flowers

More Ideas for Paper Flower Making:

The flowers look quite different when they are done in different colours, in contrasting colours, with patterned paper, with stamped embossed images on them, and when you use different textured papers or other bits and pieces for the centres. You could also add layers to make a really full flower or bulk up the petals by embossing them before assembly in your Die Cut and Embossing Machine.

Once you know how to make paper flowers you will probably think of lots of different ways to use the end result, such as placing them

These beautiful paper flowers can do more than embellish your scrapbook pages. You can even use them to create lovely cupcake toppers.

Did you think that learning how to make paper flowers was going to be hard? I hope you found it wasn't! Let your imagination go and enjoy your new found skill!

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As I discover new ways to make paper flowers, I will add them here for you to enjoy.

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Quilled paper flowers

Distressed paper flowers

  • Make some spectacular Fan Fold Blooms to decorate your next layout or handmade greeting card

Accordion fold paper flowers

  • How about making some Faux Suede Flowers to add texture and interest to your pages and cards?

Faux Suede paper flowers

  • Ever wanted to know how to make Giant Paper Flowers using your smaller punched or die cut shapes?I can show you how!

Giant paper flowers

Texturized chipboard flowers

  • Marijke's Paper Bluebells are so pretty
  • Paper Roses are made with a simple fold or two
  • How to make flowers with Felt, Crepe Paper, Buttons and Thread! Make a garden of them today
  • Here's Sara Douglass, Stampin' Up!'s CEO, showing How to Make Paper Flowers with filter paper:

  • Hey - How About Sharing Your Own Paper Flower Ideas?

    You know one of my favourite things about papercrafters? It's their willingness to share ideas with one another and to learn from one another.

    Do you know how to make paper flowers in a different way than I have shown here? How about sharing it with me? You can have your own web page by filling in the form below. You can then show it to your friends and family.

    And you'll be sharing your creativity with other papercrafters who will appreciate your work as well.

    Thanks in advance for being willing to share how YOU make paper flowers.

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