Have fun turning colorful cupcake liners into pretty paper flowers. These are so easy to make that little kids can make them independently. Older kids and adults can do additional folds and cuts for more detailed flowers.
Craft sticks, wooden dowels, or unsharpened pencils
Green paper (optional)
1Prepare some cupcake liners.
Gather some colorful cupcake liners.
2Turn the cupcake liners inside-out.
If your cupcake liners are white on the inside, carefully turn them inside-out.
3Decorate the center of each flower.
Decorate the center of each flower. Try out these ideas:
Paper circle - cut out a circle out of paper, craft foam or felt. Glue this at the center of the flower.
Button or bead - glue a large button or bead at the center of each flower.
Pipe cleaner or yarn - loop a pipe cleaner or a length of thick yarn around itself to form a tight spiral. Glue this at the center of the flower.
Pompoms - glue several small pompoms at the center of each flower.
As seen in this flower, you can glue a smaller cupcake liner at the center of the first one. This gives your flower fun contrasting layers.
Glue or tape a craft stick, drinking straw, wooden, dowel, or unsharpened pencil at the back of each flower.
Single leaf - fold paper in half, then cut out a half-leaf shape along the folded edge. Unfold the paper to reveal the leaf.
If you need printable leaves, you can print out our leaf templates on A4 or Letter size green paper.
Pair of leaves - though a bit of a challenge for younger kids, this is a great option if you want to re-use the wooden dowels or unsharpened pencils.
Cut out a 1" x 3" rectangle from green paper.
Fold in half, widthwise.
Fold in half, lengthwise.
Draw a half-leaf shape along the long folded edge. The base of the half-leaf should be wide and located along the paper's short folded edge.
Cut along the line.
Unfold to reveal a pair of leaves.
Make a hole at the center using a hole punch.
6Place the leaves on the stem.
Single leaf - simply glue the individual leaves onto the stems.
Pair of leaves - insert the bottom end of a wooden dowel, unsharpened pencil, or drinking straw stem through the hole on the pair of leaves.
Move the pair of leaves up along the middle of the stem.
7Make more flowers.
Create several of these easy stemmed flowers to place in a jar or pot for a perfect spring-themed room or to give as a handmade gift for Mother's day or Valentine's Day.
Customize the flower's shape.
Create a variety of petal shapes on your cupcake liner flowers following the simple folding and cutting instructions below.
First thing you need to do is to fold the cupcake liner into a small wedge.
(1.) Take a cupcake liner. Spread it open and flatten it.
(2.) to (5.) Fold it in half four times to come up with a small wedge.
Draw an arc starting from one top corner going down towards the opposite side. Cut along the line.
Unfold the paper to see how the flower looks.
Try varying the shape and steepness of the arc to come up with different flower shapes. Changing the height of the arc on the wedge also varies the size of your flower.
Create a layered flower.
Glue together two to three cupcake liner flowers of different sizes and colors to create a beautiful layered flower.
Make a many-petaled flower.
Create daisies, sunflowers and other many-petaled flowers by combining two flowers of the same size and petal shape. Position the flowers so that the bottom flower's petals stick out from the spaces in between the top flower's petals. Glue the two flowers at the center.