Shape Flowers

Turn paper shape cut-outs into extraordinary 3-D flowers. This creative craft is a fun way to learn about shapes.
Shape Flowers craft


  • Construction paper
  • Paper cup or plastic tub
  • Drinking straws
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Dough, clay or sand
  • Crepe paper (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Keep the craft knife out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Shape Flowers Ask for an adult's help.1. Draw and cut shapes on construction paper to make the center of each flower. I made a circle, a square and an oval. Make small cross slits at the center of each shape. Each cross slit should just be big enough for a drinking straw to pass through.
Step 2 Shape Flowers 2. Create flower petals by drawing and cutting more shapes on construction paper.
Step 3 Shape Flowers Ask for an adult's help.3. Draw and cut three leaf shapes on green construction paper. Cut cross slits near one end of each leaf. Again the slits should just be big enough for a drinking straw to pass through.
Step 4 Shape Flowers 4. Glue the petal shapes around each flower center.
Step 5 Shape Flowers 5. Make drinking straw stems for each flower. Insert the tip of a drinking straw through the cross slits at the center of each flower.
Step 6 Shape Flowers 6. Insert the bottom end of each drinking straw stem through the cross slits on a leaf. Move the leaf up until it reaches the middle section of the drinking straw stem.
Step 7 Shape Flowers 7. If you want to make a flower pot, paint a paper cup or a plastic tub with acrylic paint.
Step 8 Shape Flowers 8. Once the paint has dried, fill the pot with clay, dough or sand. The idea is to provide a material to anchor the flower stems into.
Step 9 Shape Flowers 9. Put the flowers inside the pot. Push the drinking straw stems deep into the dough or clay.
Step 10 Shape Flowers 10. If you want to conceal the dough or clay, you may put in a layer of crepe paper strips or shredded paper.
Step 11 Shape Flowers 11. Find a nice spot to set your pretty flower pot, or cheer up your mom or grandma with your beautiful flower creations.