DIY Paper Flowers For An Exquisite Party Backdrop

Décor inspiration can come from many beautiful things when you’re planning a celebration, like stunning flowers featured on a beautiful bold print or the creative design of a wedding invite. Decorating with paper flowers is an ideal way to beautify any party — especially if you can create striking giant paper flowers yourself.

Paper flowers are a stunning way to delight and impress your guests. Plus, they are an ideal display for any occasion such as weddings, anniversaries or birthday parties. They can be a great backdrop for your guest’s selfies and social media posts.

paper flowers next to an invite

How To Make Paper Flowers

If you’re wondering how to make them yourself, then you’ve come across the perfect paper flowers DIY tutorial. Making these beauties is easier than you think!


You’ll need a few tools you may already have in your craft kit, including cardstock and the paper flower templates. Select the paper based on your party color scheme in a cardstock that is sturdy but not too heavy for best results. Ideal weight is 65lbs.

  • Scissors
  • Templates
  • 65lb. cardstock Paper
  • Glue gun (don’t forget the glue sticks)

Step 1: Print the paper flower templates on standard white paper. Once printed, cut out each template along the dotted line with your scissors. You will have three different sized petals and one middle rose stencil for a total of four templates.

four petal cutouts

Step 2: Select the largest size template and place on top of the desired paper sheet. Cut along the edge of the template. Repeat until you have five pieces total and set aside before you begin your next step.

gold paper and someone cutting it out

Step 3: Take the mid-size template and position on top of your paper. Cut along the edge. You’ll need four of these. Set aside once done.

four gold petal cutouts

Step 4: Repeat the above steps with the small petal template and cut out a total of three pieces.

three gold petal cutouts

Step 5: Cut an approximately three-inch slit in the middle of each petal starting at the bottom. You should have twelve petal pieces overall.

Step 6: Overlap the left side of the slit over the right and use the glue gun to stick together. Make sure it has a flat surface on the bottom when you overlap.

someone folding over a gold petal

Step 7: Repeat the last step on all of the petal template pieces.

all gold petals folded over and glued

Step 8: Take the five largest petals and glue them together to make the base of the paper flower. Begin by simply placing one petal on top of another until you’ve used all of them. We recommend laying out your base strategically first before you commit to gluing just to ensure everything fits properly.

paper flower base for giant flowers

Step 9: Join together the medium sized petals on top of the base to create the second layer. Make sure to glue on each medium petal by positioning them between the edges of two bigger petals to create fullness.

medium gold layer for paper flowers

Step 10: Repeat the above step with the small petals to create the last layer of the flower.

final layer of gold paper flowers

Step 11: Take the rose stencil and begin to roll over carefully, gluing as you go. Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be perfect — each flower will be unique.

gold paper being rolled up into a rose

Step 12: Once you have finished with the rose center, add glue to the bottom and place it in the middle of the flower.

rose being place in the center of a paper flower

Step 13: Fold out all of the petals to give your flower a natural and whimsical effect.

gold petals being folded over

Step 14: Hang on a wall and enjoy! Add a few silk leaves around the edge for a stunning finish.

cake table with paper flowers wedding

If you are looking for ideas to personalize your wedding, consider this paper flower backdrop for a striking way to add whimsical vibes to the festivities. This idea is perfect for newlyweds as they toast with ‘his & hers’ champagne flutes. You can also make a mini-flower as the wedding cake topper and even bring this idea to each guest table with printable table numbers.

Consider making  these paper flowers to display at home, perhaps in a hallway or entryway, along with a few other DIY canvas art pieces you have made — a unique and enchanting way to decorate!