How to Make Fake Flowers for Outdoor Use

Updated November 21, 2016

Flowers add colour and visual appeal to your landscape, but not everyone has the green fingers or time to grow them. However, you can still create floral curb appeal by decorating the outside of your home with fake flowers. Though typical faux flowers can't stand up to the elements, modern crafting supplies can help you solve that problem.

Fill several bowls with room-temperature water. Drip a few drops of one colour into each bowl. You may mix colours if you like to get green, purple or orange. Mix purple and red for fuchsia and blue and green for teal.

Place coffee filters or sheets of medium-weight parchment paper into the bowls to create your petal colours. You may simply dip them into the water for light colours or let them soak for about a minute to darken the colour.

Lay the wet paper out flat and let it dry overnight. Punch 3-inch holes out of the paper, making three or four circles for each flower you plan to make.

Fold each circle in half four times, resulting in a 1/8-circle wedge. Round the broad end of the wedge into a flower petal curve; you may also cut it to a point.

Unfold each circle. Layer three or four circles together for each flower. Cut a 6- to 10-inch wire for the stem. Poke the wire up through the centres of your flowers. Coil the end of the wire into a small circle to create a flower centre.

Spray each flower with paper waterproofing spray, making sure to get the centres and the undersides of each petal layer. Waterproofing spray is available at local craft stores, as is rust-resistant wire.


Weave your flowers into outdoor wreaths, make them into topiaries or use them to spruce up real potted flowers and bouquets. Plastic-coated wire resists rust and costs less than bare rust-resistant wire.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowls
  • Food colouring
  • Coffee filters or parchment paper
  • 3-inch circle punch
  • Scissors
  • Rust-resistant, green 20-gauge wire
  • Wire nips
  • Paper waterproofing spray
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