How to make a paper flower bouquet

Learn how to make a flower bouquet with paper! There are two designs to choose from - which is your favourite?

Paper flower bouquet

What better way to lift your spirits than with a vase full of colourful flowers? If like us, you’re always disappointed when the time comes to throw your precious blooms away, you’re going to love these delicate paper poppies or our bright and beautiful paper flower bouquet. And what’s more, both paper flower bouquets are easy to make, too! Using just a bit of adhesive and technical know-how, you can have a perfect paper flower bouquet in no time at all. The first paper flower bouquet has been designed by Vicky Sheridan, and the second paper flower bouquet has been designed by Sue Hughes.

If you like this project, how to make a flower bouquet with paper, why not check out some of our flower crafts – like these cute quilled flowers, or this beautiful origami flower wreath, or how about getting your glue gun and making this realistic paper rose?

We love seeing what you make, so don’t forget to share your card making projects with us on InstagramFacebook or Twitter, too!

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For this paper flower bouquet you will need:

  • Crêpe paper
  • Card, black
  • Floristry wire (18 gauge, green)
  • Craft pliers
  • Single hole punch or pokey tool
  • A small circle or flower punch
  • Glue gun

How to make a flower bouquet with paper

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Step 1

Paper flower bouquet
For each flower in your paper flower bouquet, cut ( or punch if you have a circle punch) two circles of card,  3.5cm and 5cm wide. Fringe the edges, cutting to halfway towards the centre. Shape and cup each piece so that they resemble a bowl shape.

Step 2

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Use craft pliers to bend the end of a wire stem. Make a hole in the centre of the larger cup and thread the wire through, securing with glue. Glue the smaller cup on top.

Step 3

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Draw a teardrop petal shape on scrap paper. Cut out and use as a template to cut eight petals from crêpe paper, ensuring the grain runs from the top to the bottom. This will form the petals for your paper poppy.

Step 4

Paper flower bouquet
Shape by gently stretching the centre of the petals (we’re using crêpe paper which is stretchy), and glue four petals around the flower centre, then add four more, placing them between the petals of the first layer.

Step 5

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Draw a flame shape onto some card to create a leaf template. Using this template, cut out two leaves. Stick them under the flower and cover the edges by threading the wire stem through a small circle of crepe paper. Glue to secure.

Step 6

How to make a paper flower bouquet

Repeat until you have enough poppies to create a paper flower bouquet – we’ve made eight paper poppies for our paper flower bouquet!

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Paper flower bouquet design #2

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For this paper flower bouquet you will need:

  • Coloured paper
  • Adhesive (PVA glue is ideal)
  • Florist wire
  • Florist tape
  • Scalloped circle punch
  • Daisy flower punch
  • Paper piercing tool

How to make a flower bouquet with paper

This brightly coloured paper flower bouquet is just the thing to brighten up your room this season! Don’t worry if the flowers in your paper flower bouquet all look slightly different, as they will look more natural that way. You could add a couple of extra petals to some flowers to make them fuller.

If you fancy it, experiment with different types of paper. Our designer, Sue Hughes, has used copier paper, which works well for shaping petals (white copier papers can easily be coloured with inks). Crepe and tissue paper will give a soft, delicate look.

Here’s a top tip: You will only need a small amount of glue to stick each layer. Remember to hold each petal in place for a couple of seconds before moving on to the next one. The glue will stay tacky for a while, giving you a chance to reposition the petals.

Step 1

Paper flower bouquet

Use the heart template to cut rose petals from coloured paper. Each rose requires eight hearts; for this paper flower bouquet, cut 64 yellow and 64 pink hearts. Wrap the top edges around an embossing tool to shape.

Step 2

Paper flower bouquet

Fold over the top of a 180mm piece of florist’s wire to create a small loop. Roll a heart around the tool and then wrap it fairly tightly around the wire to cover the loop. Apply glue to one edge of the heart. Stick into place.

Step 3

Paper flower bouquet

Add glue to the lower edges of another heart and attach. This time don’t wrap so tightly. Gently pinch at the base to hold in place. Continue until all hearts have been added. Gently shape some of the petals outwards.

Step 4

Paper flower bouquet

Punch a daisy from green paper. Make a hole in the centre and thread onto the wire. Apply glue at the base of the rose and bring punched flower up around it. Wrap florist tape around the stem, starting at the top. Make 15 more roses.

Florist tape becomes slightly sticky on one side when stretched. Pull and overlap the tape as you twist the wire. This helps make the stem sturdier and more malleable.

Step 5

Paper flower bouquet

Punch scalloped circles from purple paper to make the carnations. You will need five for each flower, so 40 in total. To create a textured petal effect, fold and unfold each circle several times. Use a paper piercing tool to make a hole in the centre of each circle.

Step 6

Paper flower bouquet

Bend over the top of a 180mm piece of wire to make a loop. Thread on a scalloped circle, apply glue to centre; pinch to cover loop. Add four more circles, applying glue to the centre of each. Cover wire with florist tape. Make seven more carnations for your paper flower bouquet.

Step 7

Paper flower bouquet

Fold sheets of green paper in half, then use the leaf template with the straight edge positioned over the fold to cut out seven leaves. Make some stems from the florist’s wire and secure a leaf to the top of each; wrap with tape.

Step 8

Paper flower bouquet

Arrange flowers into a bunch as desired, slightly bending some of the stems. Slot the leaves into the gaps. Once you are happy with your bouquet, secure it with florist tape. Wrap stems with ribbon and tie it into a bow to complete your paper flower bouquet!

Paper flower bouquet

More paper flower bouquet ideas!

1. Paper flower bouquet with roses

by Offbeat Bride

How to make a paper flower bouquet by Off Beat Bride

Ariel from Offbeat Bride shares this great step-by-step tutorial for making this tidy paper flower bouquet with roses – it’s easier than it looks and we think the result is fabulous!

2. Wedding bouquet

by Lia Griffith

Paper flower bouquet

If you are not planning a wedding, no problem! This lovely bouquet would make a great Mother’s Day gift or centrepiece to dress up a table – find out how over at Lia Griffiths blog.

3. Origami paper flower bouquet

by Miss MV

Blue paper flower bouquet by Miss MV

This paper flower bouquet is made of Kusudama origami flower, a kind of origami made from several identically folded pieces that are glued together to make a spherical shape. Get the tutorial over at Miss M. V.

4. Quilled paper flower bouquet

by Panda Hall

Quilled paper flower bouquet by Panda Hall

Panda Hall has a handy video tutorial that will show you how to make a handmade quilling paper flower bouquet – find the paper flower bouquet tutorial over on Panda Hall at the Learning Center.


We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, how to make a flower bouquet with paper, so why not check out some of our other paper flower crafts like this origami flower wreath, and we love this selection of paper flowers!