How to make a paper daffodil

Updated April 17, 2017

Paper daffodils can become flower arrangements that never die, making homemade gifts for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day or any other occasion. This craft can be done by children because it is created with simple items and shapes. A variety of easy-to-find papers are used to create realistic textures that are found in daffodils. This helps to create results that both children and adults will be proud of.

Cut 2-inch-long and ½-inch-wide oval petals from the tissue paper. Daffodils usually have six petals, so cut six petals.

Cut a circle that is 1 inch in diameter from the construction paper. This will be the base of your flower.

Poke a small hole into the centre of the paper circle with the tip of your scissors and thread the pipe cleaner through the hole.

Wrap two inches of the end of the pipe cleaner around the tip of your finger. Pull the paper circle up so that it is sitting in the middle of the coil you just made. This will keep the paper from slipping down the pipe cleaner. The pipe cleaner is the stem of the paper daffodil.

Cut a 3-inch-long strip of crepe paper. Glue one end of the strip to the other to create a ring. Fold ¼ inch of the bottom of the ring outwards and glue the fold to the paper circle. This is the ruffled centre of the flower.

Glue one end of each of the petals to the underside of the paper circle in a star pattern. Fold the petals upward to cup around the ring on top of the paper circle.


You can make your daffodil bigger or smaller by adjusting the measurements of your petals, paper ring and paper circle.


Supervise children when using scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 roll of yellow crepe paper streamers
  • Yellow tissue paper
  • 1 green pipe cleaner
  • 1 sheet green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
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Since 1998 Alina McKee has written for dozens of traditional and online beauty, fashion, health and parenting publications including, Mama Health and Real Beauty. As a professional artist, her articles about these subjects have been used in magazines and websites around the globe. McKee has a diploma in fine art from Stratford Art School.