Paper Flowers Made Easy

Paper flowers are timeless, beautiful and available in a variety of colors, sizes and styles, but they can also be quite expensive to purchase. With the use of dies, punches, patterns and/or ink, you can easily make your own paper flowers.

With the season of thanks upon us, I have created a Thank You card embellished with warm golden petals and graceful leaves. Below I’ll show you, step-by-step, how to make paper flowers and re-create this look yourself.

Pretty paper flower

How to make paper flowers

Supplies you’ll need:

Supplies for making paper flowers

  • Yellow, green and brown card stock
  • Orange dye ink
  • Inking tool
  • Flower and leaf dies
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Quilling tool
  • Small foam mat
  • Scrap Paper
  • Adhesive


Step 1:

From yellow card stock, die-cut three large flowers, one medium and two small. Cut two leaf flourishes from green card stock and a medium and small flower center from brown card stock. When removing pieces from the dies, take care not to bend the flowers or stems.

If you don’t have dies, hand-cut or punched flower shapes and leaves will work just as well.

Orange Ink Pad, Samper and Paper Flower

Step 2:

Inking the edges of each petal creates a more realistic appearance and adds definition between the petal layers. To ink the petal edges, begin by applying ink to an inking tool. Move inking tool in small, circular motions, beginning on scrap paper and slowly moving toward the flower. By using this method, you can better control the amount of ink that is applied and you will create a softer blend of color toward the flower center. Once desired amount of ink is applied, turn flower and repeat to ink all outer edges.

Inking Die-Cut Paper Flowers

Step 3:

Repeat inking process until all flower petals are inked.

Making Paper Flowers

Step 4:

To build the  flower, layer and adhere second large piece over the first (A), staggering the petals to cover any open space. Continuing to stagger petals, layer medium-sized flower over large flowers (B). Continue to build by layering the remaining two smaller flowers over the larger ones (C and D).

Making Centers for Paper Flowers with a Quilling Tool

Step 5:

Using a foam mat and the ball end of a quilling tool, place ball into the middle of a brown flower center piece. Apply pressure while moving the  tool in a circular motion until the piece begins to form a cup shape. Repeat for remaining piece.

Yellow Paper Flower

Step 6:

Adhere brown pieces to the center of the flower, layering the small piece on top of the larger piece.

Layered Paper Fower

Step 7:

Holding the flower center firmly onto surface with one hand, use fingers on other hand to “fluff” the petals. I place my fingers beneath all petals in one area and repeatedly “fan” upward until I have the desired amount of dimension. Continue around flower until all petals are “fluffed.” If desired, small pieces of adhesive could be placed between petals to help retain dimension.

Making a Thank You Card with Paper Flowers

Step 8:

Lay the flower and leaves on card stock to determine placement of pieces. Don’t forget to include your sentiment in the layout to ensure there is enough room after adhering your pieces.

Trimming Paper Leaves for Handmade Card

Step 9:

Snip away stems of the second flourish to place below the flower. The remaining pieces can be saved for another use, if desired.

Finished Handmade Thank You Card with Paper Flowers

I finished my card by stamping a burlap background onto kraft card stock and lightly inking the edges to create definition between the embellished layer and card base.

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