how to make paper flowers

How to make paper flowers

My version of how to make paper flowers isn’t nearly as fancy or elaborate as some of the beautiful creations I’ve seen on Pinterest and Etsy, but anyone can make these, quickly and inexpensively. My five year old daughter, Quinn, and I made a video to show you just how easy it is to make these one-cent paper flowers.

How to make paper flowers
Wet coffee filters in small stacks to dry.

I used coffee filters from the dollar store for my paper source. A pack of 100 coffee filters makes each flower just one-cent. All you have to do is get your stack of filters wet to flatten them out and then let them air dry. If you put wet coffee filters in the dryer, they will scrunch up and be too wrinkly. Lesson learned! They make take a day or two to dry so plan ahead.

How to make paper flowers
The edges are spray painted gold.

How to make paper flowers

  • Form the letter O with one hand.
  • Set one coffee filter on top of the letter O.
  • Then use your other hand to poke the center of the filter down into the O.
  • Grab the paper that was poked down in the O and twist it into a stem.
  • Fluff up the flower edges and even them out as you prefer.
  • Then tape the twisted stem so that it doesn’t unravel.

Uses for coffee filter flowers

There are endless possibilities of ways you can use these paper flowers. Here are a few ideas:

  • Paper flower garland
  • Paper flower bouquet, boutonnière, or corsage
  • Paper flower hair accessory
  • Attach to a real tree branch
  • Attach to a string of lights
  • Attach to a foam ball to make a topiary
  • String paper flowers to create an artistic backdrop
  • Embellish a gift bag or gift box
  • Attach to a wire or stick and make an arrangement
  • Attach to a plain wreath
  • Create a centerpiece

Enhance coffee filter flowers

There are also ways to enhance or customize these coffee filter flowers. Here are a few ideas:

  • Spray paint the edges of the filters.
  • Add dye to the water that you soak the filters in.
  • Water down acrylic paint and add it to a spray bottle to spray on.
  • Add a faux stamen to the center and really give it the look of a flower.
  • Add a stamen and other details for the center of the flower.
  • Use 2 or 3 coffee filters together to give a layered look to one flower.
  • Use acrylic paint to add details.
  • Spray glitter on them.
  • Group several together and tape one large stem for the cluster.

Here are some amazing examples of more paper flowers:





Those paper flowers are drool-worthy, I just love them, but unfortunately don’t have the time or patience to make them. However, my simplistic coffee filter flowers are super doable for me. It’s always exciting to find an inexpensive and quick craft! I will be making 130 of these paper flowers to help create centerpieces for an upcoming quinceanera.

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