How to make foam flowers

Written by natasha lawrence
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Create pretty foam flowers with colourful foam sheets and pipe cleaners. Make large or medium sized flowers that can be displayed as a table centrepiece in a vase or planter, attached to gifts and boxes or to decorate frames or place mats with. They can also be made into leis as favours at a themed party. Children and adults will enjoy making these foam flowers in a variety of sizes and designs as ornaments or embellishments.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Coloured foam sheets
  • Flower templates
  • Leaves templates
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

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  1. 1

    Purchase foam sheets in assorted colours at craft shops such as AC Moore (see Resources below).

  2. 2

    Draw your own flower templates (see Tips below) or download free templates from the Internet (see Resources below) to print and cut.

  3. 3

    Lay flower templates on foam sheets and mark the outlines with a marker. Mark three different foam sheets for a three-layered flower. Cut the flowers marked on foam sheets with scissors. Punch a hole in the centre of each cut foam flower layer with a hole punch.

  4. 4

    Lay the template for leaves on the green foam sheets. Mark the outlines of the leaves and cut them with scissors. Put aside.

  5. 5

    Align three layers of cut out foam flowers together with the hole punched, but turn each layer a little bit to reveal the different petal colours. Slip three green pipe cleaners through the hole, leaving 2 inches above the flowers. Twist each pipe cleaner separately, winding the top ends in a spiral with your fingers.

  6. 6

    Apply a few dabs of hot glue on the top flower and beneath it to secure the pipe cleaners from moving or falling out.

  7. 7

    Twist the bottom three pipe cleaners together to make a stem. With hot glue, attach two or three green foam leaves along the stem.

Tips and warnings

  • Make your own flower or leaves templates on card stock. Design them so there are petals surrounding a small circle with a total diameter of 5 inches. Draw the templates free hand in differing sizes, or fold the card stock in half to draw half a flower. Cut it out, open to a full flower template and use as instructed in Step 1.
  • Each foam flower can be made with three layers of the same colour foam or in mixed colours.
  • If a child is participating in this project, an adult should handle the hot glue gun.

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