How to make wooden flowers

Updated February 21, 2017

Add a touch of whimsy to your home's decor by constructing wooden flower arrangements for your home. Using motifs, clipart or stencils, you can cut varying shapes and sizes of many flowers--such as daisies, tulips, gerbera and clematis--out of wood. With paint and decorative wooden craft accessories, the finished project can be showcased in your home as a handmade floral centrepiece.

Copy your favourite simple flower designs onto paper. Enlarge or reduce the copied images to produce different sizes of the same flowers. Cut the flower designs out with scissors.

Lay the flower designs on ½-inch thick wood and trace the outlines onto the wood.

Cut the flower shapes out of the wood using a jigsaw and set them aside.

Cut the base for freestanding flowers from 1-by-4-inch wood. Trace a circle onto the wood using a circular object with a pencil. Cut the circle out for the base with a jigsaw. If you plan to make several freestanding flower accessories, cut several circles from the wood.

Sand the edges of all the flower parts with a sander. Round the sharp edges and sand the surfaces to smoothe each piece.

Layer the wooden flowers to create a three-dimensional flower effect. Match the same flower pieces together that were cut to different sizes, and stack them from largest to smallest. Apply wood glue between the layers, and set the flower heads aside to dry.

Glue wooden craft findings to the flower heads. Small hemispheres, buttons and other whimsical findings add design dimension to the flowers.

Paint the flower heads, the rods and the bases with acrylic paint. Select complementing colours for these parts. You can choose a bold colour scheme, a bright colour scheme, a muted colour scheme or a neutral colour scheme for your flowers. Look at your existing decor to determine the right colour palette for your decorative wooden flowers.

Drill a ¼-inch hole into the bottom ends of the flowers. These holes will receive the dowel rods.

Drill ¼-inch holes into the flower bases. Drill one at the centre for a single flower or up to three for a small floral arrangement.

Cut the ¼-inch dowel rods to varying lengths. These will add varying heights and decorative interest to the wooden flower arrangements.

Apply wood glue to the holes in the flowers. Insert a wooden dowel into each flower, and set them aside to dry.

Dry fit the wooden flowers into the bases. Determine what flowers work well together for the multiple-flower arrangement.

Add wood glue into the holes in the flower arrangement bases. Insert the flower's wooden dowel rods into the holes. Tap them lightly with a hammer, and then set them aside to dry. Add decorative accents to the flowers once they dry.

Tip added tied raffia bows to the flowers and strung large orange beads to some of the tips of raffia. The orange beads complemented the earthen tones of their brown and earthen red wooden flowers. Glue natural items around the base of the flowers, such as pine cones, tree bark or acorns, or attach silk flower leaves, moss or dried eucalyptus to decorate the wooden flower arrangements.

Things You'll Need

  • ½-inch thick craft wood
  • 1-by-4-inch wood
  • Jigsaw
  • Sander
  • ¼-inch diameter wooden dowel rods, 12 inches long
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Acrylic paints
  • Wooden bead hemispheres
  • Decorative craft findings
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Naima Manal's articles on health, diet, nutrition, alternative medicine, education, parenting, crafts, travel, home and garden and home improvement have appeared on various websites. Manal received her Bachelor of Science in biology/pre-medical studies from Molloy College in 1994 and has been a freelance writer, teacher and homeschooling mom since 1993.