How to Make Perfect Paper Daisies

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These cheery blossoms brighten any table and make a wonderfully unexpected bouquet to give to a friend. Best of all, theyre simple and inexpensive to make.
Here, a bunch of white daisies sit in a polka-dot vase (also made of paper).
Pink seemed to me a perfect color for daisies. I also tried green and blue and loved the results. This year Im doing shiny black daisies for my Halloween decorations.
These cheery blossoms brighten any table and make a wonderfully unexpected bouquet to give to a friend. Best of all, theyre simple and inexpensive to make.

These cheery blossoms brighten any table and make a wonderfully unexpected bouquet to give to a friend. Best of all, they're simple and inexpensive to make.

Photo: Jeff Rudell

DIY Paper Flowers

"The headline will read, 'Beautiful Centerpieces from $5 to $500,' " the magazine's style editor told me, "And we want you to design the $5 model for our readers." Now, designing expensive projects is easy: Exquisite papers, elaborate designs, and a lot of time (all of which translates into a lot of money) are all you need to create something beautiful. Pulling off the same effect with only five bucks and a few simple steps is many times harder. The challenge was right up my alley.

Since the price point would be modest, I decided to try my hand at making some paper daisies, those most humble of field flowers.

The materials list was modest:

Paper (I used pieces from my paper scraps pile: textured and smooth pink and white-on-white, as well as long, narrow, strips for the flower centers)

Hot glue gun with glue sticks

A craft knife

A circle template (an upside-down drinking glass)

Floral wire and green floral tape for making the daisy stems

I loved the results so much I kept at it, coming up with a handful of options for the editor. In the end, the magazine decided to print a number of my designs in their story. Unfortunately, this version-one of my favorites-never made it into those pages, so I'll share it with you. If the response to this post is good, in an upcoming post, I'll feature one of the designs that made it into print. They were gorgeous so, please let me know if you want to see more of this sort of thing.

paper flowers Get more paper flower projects:

• How to Make Elegant Parchment Flowers
• How to Make Crepe Paper Flowers
How to Make a Paper Flower Centerpiece
• Make Simple White Paper Flowers


Perfect paper daisies

Begin with a circle of paper cut to the overall dimension you want your daisies to be. I used an inverted water glass with a 3-inch mouth as my cutting template. Cut two circles for EACH bloom you intend to make.

paper flower circle template   A drinking glass provided the cutting template. Pick a size circle that best suits your purposes. Two-inch circles will make the flowers look precious, while five-inch circles will add impact. Be sure your paper is stiff enough to maintain its shape if you opt for making the larger blossoms.

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Comments (63)

ZaraSummerson writes: Now I want to make a little paper garden in my living room for the winter.
Posted: 11:27 am on March 24th
DaveHaynes writes: Up to 500$? We are talking about a niche here. Anyway, great job on the tutorial!
Posted: 8:27 am on March 22nd
blueelephant199 writes: My origami skills are very low (however I can make a swan like Michael Scofield in Prison Break haha!), but I will train, because I want to be able to make such a beautiful flower! Great guide!
Posted: 2:49 am on March 1st
claire56 writes: If you add the wire by poking it through the flower and bending it over slightly, then gluing on the center, it makes a finer finish! This is a great idea!
Posted: 4:14 pm on May 15th
Love1113 writes: Yes, share the other designs you came up with! I love making paper flowers!
Posted: 6:09 pm on February 9th
Lisingreece writes: Jeff, You are a genius with paper! Of course we all want to see other variations on this one. Thanks so much for sharing.
Posted: 8:17 am on January 13th
ishroy writes: Its helpful
Posted: 5:32 am on September 29th
cathyg56 writes: These cheerful daisies brightened up a rainy day here in Scotland. I made a bouquet out of floral printed paper and was so happy with how simple they were that I will be making some larger ones (from lightweight card with artstraw stems and button centres) with a Sunday School class of 7 - 10 year olds.
Posted: 1:36 pm on September 3rd
Joycah77 writes: I'm almost done making mine. I just need to add the wire for the stems. I made need to make a bigger vase, it may be to small. Otherwise I like what I made. I hope to post picture here when I, done.
Posted: 2:43 pm on May 9th
Salamandra writes: Please share the pattern for the paper vase holding the pink flowers. Thank you!
Posted: 10:12 am on March 8th
susan72 writes: Just made one, not bad. Im my worst critic. Trying diff. colors. Whats next?? seniorsue
Posted: 10:27 pm on January 16th
susan72 writes: Jeffry this fantastic. Yes I would love to see other of your crafts, like this or anyother. Thanks Susan the newbie!
Posted: 7:27 pm on January 13th
PetrinaCase writes: Hello and hello Jeff,

Your art is beautiful!

Wonderful, thank you for sharing.

Hope you will share the beautiful paper vase some day.

Happy thoughts,
Posted: 9:40 am on September 5th
SweetlyScrapped writes: Absolutely so adorable! thanks for sharing!
Posted: 11:08 am on September 1st
TheWeddingQueen writes: Love this centerpiece! Featured the pic of the yellow vase w/daisies on my blog and linked back to you for directions. Visit Love your creative ideas!
Posted: 7:55 am on April 30th
47cats writes: I love anything and everything you make with paper!! I have always been a paper gal. :)
Posted: 6:09 pm on April 22nd
TheThreadLady writes: I love anything you make with paper. Keep thinking up ideas like this! I love your work.
Posted: 5:55 pm on October 4th
gjeneve writes: I always love your paper ideas. Keep up the good work.
Posted: 1:54 pm on May 5th
zeshuregi writes: looking so doubt excelent
Posted: 8:42 am on March 30th
nishavimal writes: i want a video file of perfect paper daisie.
Posted: 7:36 am on February 20th
MarkRepBeka writes: Were more ever added?
Maybe I'm just not seeing it!
I would love to see the others
Posted: 2:53 pm on November 12th
niranjana writes: how did you made that paper flowervase
Posted: 5:50 am on September 6th
niranjana writes: i made this with xerox paper i came out very pretttttty
Posted: 5:45 am on September 6th
garnetnm writes: I'm curious about the vase, too. Are there directions and a pattern? What paper would be sturdy enough to suport the wire stems?
Posted: 5:10 pm on April 24th
kkved writes: I love paper and paper crafts, but most of all I dearly love paper flowers! Thank you.
Posted: 10:09 am on December 17th
polvora writes: I took a look at Oshynlover's end product and they are beautiful. We will be celebrating my daughter's Quinceanera (Cotillian) in early 2009 and I was looking for decorations to candy boxes I'm putting out on tables. Gerber Daisies are my absolute favorite but in trying to save as much money on it as possible, I was looking for a way to create some inexpensively. I feel I've found my inexpensive, yet beautiful daisies. THANK YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU. Should you have any other ideas on saving or cutting corners with our upcoming celebration, please bring them forth! :)
Posted: 1:18 pm on November 4th
Louella writes: I can't wait to try making these this afternoon, and yes please show more, I know my mother is going to love making them too, I'll take her a Boquet to show her what I can do! Thanks! Louella
Posted: 11:12 am on September 11th
Jrsjewels writes: These are fabulous! Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 7:21 pm on August 31st
lilmissroo writes: this is so cute!
Posted: 9:14 am on August 29th
lucybug33 writes: I bet they would be cute with button centers too

Posted: 9:02 pm on August 23rd
oshynlover writes: I love it and its inexpensive too! It can really make a room look great without having to put a great deal of money into. Get a nice vase and add a ribbon around it. Best part --- you don't have to water them and they won't die!! :)

Hey Jeff--

Do you have any sunflower ideas? I love sunflowers but I don't know how I would make them real looking. I'm sure it would come to you quickly!
Posted: 6:06 pm on August 23rd
niranjana writes: simply fabulous very attractive. please post as many as possible.
Posted: 6:31 am on August 22nd
Carolyninoz writes: Thank you so much for such a great design. I have made two already but used them as ATC's
Posted: 7:39 am on August 19th
Jeff_Rudell writes: A few readers have asked for the name of the paper I used for this project. All of the paper I used came out of my scrap basket so it's been a little difficult to identify everything. Still, I had some success that I hope will be of interest to anyone making these on their own. J.

For the white daisies: Echizen Washi Kozo & Sulphite paper from Thailand (Direct link to page where this paper is featured: Style number: M32 Gira-Ume, 80 grams, 31" x 43", $5.60 per sheet

For the yellow centers of the white daisies: Canford Paper (Direct link to page where this paper is featured:, Desden Yellow, 150 grams, 20 1/2" x 30 1/2", $2.00 per sheet

Posted: 1:08 pm on August 18th
cindynsa writes: Absolutely lovely. Can't wait to see your other designs!
Posted: 9:55 pm on August 17th
Ktquilt writes: Beautiful and simple. I must remember this one for a Mother's Day project for my 3rd grade students. I might change the stem directions a bit. If you make a small hook at the top of the wire and insert it through a pin hole in the center of both sets of petals you can secure them without glue, and need not worry about popping off. Using the center as designed, hot glue it in place over the exposed wire. Wrap as directed.
Posted: 12:04 pm on August 17th
Floridamomsie writes: Wonderful, beautiful and easy. These flowers and the water lilies posted on a previous newsletter are certainly inspiration for those of us who love crafts and yet do not always have original ideas. Thank you so much.
Posted: 11:12 am on August 17th
craftyNvegas writes: Jeffery, you are amazing! To take the most simple materials and create such fabulous designs puts you in the A+ category of artisans. Best of all they are "doable" by almost anyone so please continue to show your outstanding projects here for us with limited time to think up these show pieces. I am making both your flowers that I've seen on this site since joining and taking them to work. Thank you for being generous enough to share.
Posted: 10:42 am on August 17th
nick0166 writes: what a great rainy day/brownie or scout activity, to use up leftover scrapbooking materials!

cant wait to try them!
Posted: 12:03 am on August 17th
Starrycat writes: This project is simple, yet elegent. I love these!
Posted: 7:04 pm on August 16th
Hil writes: I absolutely love these! So cheerful looking! Would love to see more of your ideas.
Posted: 6:47 pm on August 16th
kimmersk9 writes: Love these! :)
Posted: 4:48 pm on August 16th
Debbydo writes: I agree - more, more, more! Have you any projects that use recycled materials?
Posted: 2:33 pm on August 16th
Debbydo writes: I agree - more, more, more! Have you any projects that use recycled materials?
Posted: 2:32 pm on August 16th
cdymit writes: Very elegant yet simple - wonderful idea and, yes, we can use more of these. Thank you
Posted: 2:25 pm on August 16th
cdymit writes: So simple, yet so elegant. Thank you and yes, more of your wonderful flowers.
Posted: 2:24 pm on August 16th
Fancone writes: Sweet little flowers,and I love flowers, show us more!!!!
Posted: 2:14 pm on August 16th
GrammaVal writes: Fun-and doable. Fancy for adults and could be kid-doable too. More, more, more.
Posted: 11:53 am on August 16th
petunia4141 writes: Looking forward to trying this one---the kids will love it too!
Posted: 11:27 am on August 14th
shananigan writes: I LOVE paper crafts.. especially those that can be made with office supplies :) I made paper roses just the other day - My desk is now covered with paper dasies made out of scrap printer paper. I cant wait to try this with decent paper!

I would love to see more of your paper crafts!
Posted: 1:30 pm on August 13th
joannelj writes: These will be perfect for my Girl Scouts to make - our founder's nickname was "Daisy!" I'd love to see more.
Posted: 10:04 am on August 13th
moonrose writes: Oh more more more please!
Posted: 6:46 pm on August 12th
brendamarks writes: Lovely! I'd like to see more, and more, and more.
Posted: 11:46 am on August 12th
MaeveQ writes: These are spectacular! Oh, yes, please post the other ones! Pretty-please?
Posted: 11:55 pm on August 11th
Tracy230 writes:
How elegant and simple all at once. Thank you Jeffery. Superb directions!
Posted: 8:52 pm on August 11th
offbyone writes: Would love to see the ones that went to print!
Posted: 2:27 pm on August 11th
LAURAMCHUGH writes: Hello Jeffery, Once again your work is spectacular. Nice and elegant. A great project to do and save for that special gift for that special someone. I would love for you to keep sharing. You are so good at that as well. Thanks for sharing and for all your hard work. You are so talented. Can't wait for your next posting......
Posted: 1:15 pm on August 11th
Deana writes: Simply gorgeous! I'm sending this to a good friend who just loves daisies.
Posted: 12:12 pm on August 11th
JenniferStern writes: I am amazed at what you can do with paper!!!!
Posted: 10:57 am on August 11th
VictoriaNorth writes: This is great Jeffery. A friend of mine has an obsession with blue daisies. I think I will attempt these to earn my paper craft merit badge. Any suggestions about the type of paper I should use?
Posted: 10:32 am on August 11th
Sister_Diane writes: So lovely and simple. Thank you for this excellent tutorial!
Posted: 10:15 am on August 11th
SusanElizabeth writes: Gorgeous!
Posted: 7:18 am on August 11th
ErinMichelle writes: I love these. Please post more!
Posted: 12:34 am on August 11th
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