How to Make Paper Sunflowers

Nothing says fall like beautiful fields of sunflowers. Their golden smiles and mysterious eyes make these flowers so captivating. But why not enjoy these beautiful flowers all year-round by making your own with paper?

Crepe sunflower bouquet (Image: Lucy Atkins)

What You'll Need

  • Bright yellow crepe paper or tissue paper
  • Yellow orange crepe paper or tissue paper
  • Black or dark brown crepe paper or tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard or cardstock
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Green paint
  • Florist wire
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1

Folded crepe paper (Image: Lucy Akins)

Fold the bright yellow and the yellow orange crepe paper several times in an accordion-like manner so they are in strips as shown.

Step 2

Yellow crepe petals (Image: Lucy Akins)

Cut several petals, using the lighter yellow paper for the large petals and the darker yellow for the smaller petals.

Step 3

Cardboard circle (Image: Lucy Akins)

Cut a circle out from the cardboard.

Step 4

Glue smaller petals around circle. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Glue the ends of the smaller petals around the back of the circle.

Step 5

Glue larger petals on the back of circle. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Glue the ends of the larger petals on top of the other petals, again on the back of the circle.

Step 6

Flip circle over. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Flip the circle over.

Step 7

Glue smaller petals on top. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Glue an additional row of smaller petals around the top of the cardboard circle.

Step 8

Black tissue paper, folded and cut (Image: Lucy Akins)

Fold black or dark brown tissue paper, in an accordion-like fold, and cut small slits along the bottom as shown.

Step 9

Strips of black tissue paper (Image: Lucy Akins)

Cut several strips.

Step 10

Rolled black tissue paper (Image: Lucy Akins)

Roll one strip up and glue the end to make the start of the flower center. Glue this to the center of the cardboard circle.

Step 11

Glue flower center to middle of flower. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Take the next strip and glue one end to the flower center. Wrap it around the flower center, thus making the center bigger and fuller, and glue the other end down. Continue gluing additional strips around to make the flower center increase in diameter.

Step 12

Continue to glue around center of the flower. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Make the center roll almost as big around as the middle of the flower.

Step 13

Last strip of black tissue (Image: Lucy Akins)

Glue the last strip around the center roll.

Step 14

Shape the flower in your hand. (Image: lu)

Cup the flower in your hand and shape the petals toward the center of the flower. Sunflower petals tend to curl inward toward the center.

Step 15

Glue styrofoam to back of flower. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Cut the foam ball in half and paint it green. Insert floral wire and glue the half-ball to the back of the flower.

Finished Sunflower

Crepe sunflower (Image: Lucy Akins)

Enjoy your handmade sunflowers year-round. No watering required.