These bright and beautiful paper flowers are made from scrapbook paper and cardstock and were inspired by the gorgeous tropical flowers in warm weather climates. So if you want to have a bit of the tropics in your home year round, make these tropical paper flowers! A bonus… they never need watering. :)
When I decided to make these flowers, I drew my initial inspiration from these beautiful felt flowers from Crafty Staci. Hers were so pretty and colorful that they caught my eye the very first time I saw them!
I decided to use paper because there are so many pretty patterns available in scrapbook paper that you just can’t get in felt. And I love the way that the patterned paper compliments the solid colors of the cardstock.
I live in Wisconsin, so aside from lilies in the summer, we don’t get to see a lot of tropical foliage. I remember a trip I made to San Diego one year and I was just so blown away at the beautiful flowers! If someone asked me to use only one word to describe San Diego, that word would be “botanical”. Seemed like just about every house we passed had gorgeous, colorful flowers in their yard and in flower boxes. Stunning!
So whether you just enjoy paper crafting or you’re like me and can’t have the real thing, then here’s how you make these tropical paper flowers.
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As always, a full printable supply list and instructions are at the end of this post.
For this project you will need the following supplies:
Card stock in bright colors (orange, red, bright green, turquoise, yellow)
5 green pipe cleaners (1 per flower)
15 pony beads (3 per flower)
5 yellow pipe cleaners, (1 per flower) cut into thirds
Glue stick – I only use disappearing purple
Hot glue gun
Print out pattern. Use the larger template to cut out card stock pieces.
Use the smaller template to cut out scrapbook paper pieces.
Use glue stick to attach the small scrapbook paper flower to the larger card stock flower.
Roll the flower up tight, spread the top out as if you were forming a cone shape.
Seal cone shape with a glue dot.
Wrap each flower petal around a paintbrush or a pen to curl them.
Thread a pony bead onto a one of the short yellow pipe cleaners and bend at the top to close it around the bead.
Repeat this for a total of three.
Wrap the ends together with the end of a green pipe cleaner to attach them all together. Poke the end of the green pipe cleaner down into the center of the flower. Hot glue in place.
More flower crafts
If you like this, you may also like some of my other flower crafts! I’ve hand picked several for you below.