How to make paper flowers for cards

Updated July 20, 2017

Make paper flowers to decorate greeting cards in your own way. Making your own greeting cards is one way to make each card as special as the person who will receive it. Adding paper flowers to cards provides dimension and beauty.

Make a pattern for the flower petals in an appropriate size for your cards. For example, make a daisy flower petal pattern that measures 2 inches long by 3/4 inch wide at the halfway point of the petal. Taper the petal to 1/4 inch at the base and at the tip of the petal. The shape will resemble an oval.

Lay out the tissue paper in all of the colours you want to use to make paper flowers. Layer the paper so you can cut several petals at one time. Set the pattern on top and trace around the edges. Cut out the petal from the layers of paper.

Cut out as many petals in the colours you wish to use for the paper flowers.

Arrange the petals to form a daisy. The petals on daisy tend to overlap and be full. Set some petals at the back and others on top to give a realistic look to the paper flower.

Cut a yellow or orange circle to use as the centre of the daisy. Place it in the centre of the petals. Cut a green or brown stem and leaves for the paper flowers, if desired.


Use buttons for the centre of the paper flowers for an added dimension to the card.

Things You'll Need

  • Pattern
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Buttons, optional
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Peggy Hazelwood began editing engineering reports in 1987, then textbooks for major publishers and now writes articles online. She has written business articles for the "Boulder County Business Report" and has completed writing courses through EEI and Career Track. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.