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DIY Paper Flower Supplies: Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Realistic Blooms

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Create easy paper flowers step by step with this list of supplies, paper resources and techniques to make paper flowers come to life! Paper flower supplies.

Are you a paper flower artist or hobbyist looking for a go-to resource to learn all the tips and tricks for crafting stunning paper blossoms? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, I will share all the essential paper flower supplies and resources you need to create beautiful DIY paper flowers for yourself.

Free Printable Supply List Guide

Read through all the resources below, and make sure to download the printable flower supply list, too, in the Vault!

Paper Flower Supplies – Best Paper for Paper Flowers

A beautiful close-up of pink-hued paper flowers. Abbi's hand is seen adjusting a paper stamen center. The text reads "The Best Type of Paper to Use for Paper Flowers." Create easy paper flowers with this list of supplies, paper resources and techniques to make paper flowers come to life!

Best Cardstock For Paper Flowers

Let’s start with the most important supply item – paper!

Let’s talk about my top favorite paper resources below, and for more details on the types of cardstock, weight differences, etc., check out this dedicated post on paper for paper flowers!

Where to Find Cardstock For Paper Flowers

There are loads of places both online and in craft stores, to find cardstock and crepe paper for making paper flowers. The most important key is with the cardstock to only purchase solid core so that the paper is the same color through and through.

Online Options For Cardstock

12×12 Cardstock Shop: My favorite online resource for cardstock! Loads of paper in 12×12 with tons of colors, textures, and patterns to pick from too!

Cards and Pockets: I love the metallic and color options – shades I cannot find elsewhere.

Here is one of my peony flowers I made with metallic paper from Cards and Pockets. So pretty, right?! If you want to see more flowers with metallic cardstock, check out my hydrangeas and Camellia roses!

A close-up of pink ombre paper peonies with a yellow paper center and a green stem on a white background. You can learn how to make these easy paper flowers.

Amazon: Is there anything Amazon doesn’t have? My husband and I joke that Amazon and Disney are going to take over the world! Amazon carries Recollections cardstock, as I mentioned above, and also has some other great paper brands.

Savage Universal Paper: If you are looking for A LOT of paper and need to be as cost-effective as possible, I highly recommend using the large paper rolls by Savage Universal. These are most traditionally used for photo backdrops but are thick enough to cut and use for paper flowers as well! See how I used Savage paper with my Poppy flowers!

On a sea-green background surrounding a white script "A", red and pink paper flowers with white leaves adorn the wall. The shelf below holds a mini globe, books, and candles. You can create beautiful paper flowers with my SVG files.

Crepe Paper: At some point, you may want to venture into the world of crepe paper flowers. In that case, you will definitely fall in love with Carte Fini crepe paper. I’ve tried other crepe papers out there, but this is by far the best there is.

Another close second is the Lia Griffith brand of crepe paper too!

On the note of crepe paper, did you know the Cricut Maker can cut it for you?! I even wrote a step-by-step guide for you!

Tissue Paper: Using tissue paper to make flowers is a very cost-effective and popular option. While my flowers generally work best with cardstock or crepe paper, it is always something to explore!

Craft Stores For Cardstock

Michael’s Craft Store: The first place I buy my paper when I need to get it in person is Michael’s Craft Store; I love the Recollections brand. They have many colors to choose from and sell 50 packs of paper, which are often on sale! Now, not everyone may have a Michaels store near them, but they do offer Recollections brand paper on their website.

Joann Fabric Crat Store: Joann Fabric has a very wide variety of cardstock, including single sheets and value packs. You can also order online from them!

Check your other local crafts stores for more paper options, such as Hobby Lobby, etc.

A variety of paper flowers like lilies, daisies, and more in a rainbow of colors surrounded by green leaves are arranged on a white table.

What weight or thickness of cardstock should you use for paper flowers?

There are a lot of different types and weights of paper to use when making paper flowers. But in general, a medium weight is the best and the most popular.

Here are the weights of paper I use for my flowers:

65 pound (176grams also shown as gsm or g/m2) Medium Cardstock

For cardstock paper, I use 65-pound (176 gsm) paper. Some crafters ask me if they can use 50-pound paper. Yes, but because the paper is lighter, it may lose the shape of the petals over time.

And what about using heavier cardstock paper? Likewise, I do not ever go above 80-pound (216 gsm) cardstock because the paper is too thick to curl without wrinkling.

Note that for all cardstock I reference, I am using a cover weight, not a text weight which each has its own independent weights and thicknesses.

Need help converting your paperweight from pounds to grams? Check out this online conversion tool.

60-180 grams For Crepe Paper

For crepe paper, I stick with 60-180 grams weight. 60-gram crepe paper is much thinner and easier to cut. The 180-gram crepe paper is much heavier and less delicate. This can be both a pro and con, depending on the flower you are making.

In general, I would use heavier crepe paper for larger flowers like this newborn nest for photos and lighter crepe paper for more delicate small flowers such as this plumeria design.

Tools to Cut Your Paper Petals

Cutting paper flower petals is a major aspect of crafting these beauties. There are some particular tools I recommend to get the cut just right.

Using A Cutting Machine For Paper Flowers

Cricut Cutting Machine: Maybe you are someone like me who really loves this paper flower thing, then you are definitely going to want to invest in a cutting machine – this is a must-have on my paper flower supplies list!

I personally use and HIGHLY recommend Cricut machines. Not only can the machine help you make stunning paper blooms, but it opens up a new world of craft possibilities!

Using a cutting machine to make paper flowers also gives you make freedom to create different sizes by scaling the SVG files in software like Design Space.

If you aren’t sure which Cricut machine is a good fit for you, I can help with that too. Get a full comparison of the Explore and Maker machines here!

Likewise, you can check out other cutting machine brands such as Silhouette, Scan N Cut, etc.

A close-up of a Cricut maker machine, with rolls of vinyl in pastel colors, pom-poms, and various Cricut tools on top of bright cardstock.

Cutting Paper Flowers by Hand With Scissors

Scissors: For simplistic flower petal shapes and a patient hand, cutting with scissors and using printable PDF files is a great way to get started with easily making paper flowers. Even though I usually use my Cricut cutting machine, it is necessary to have a good pair of craft scissors in your workspace at all times.

Fringe Scissors (a.k.a herb scissors): Every time I show off these fringe scissors in a video, everyone wants to know where to find them! Most often, I use these scissors for detailed flower centers. These are commonly known as herb scissors and can be found on Amazon or even in grocery stores.

Abbi's hand holds a strip of yellow cardstock, while her other hand cuts the paper with green-handled fringe scissors.

Pinking Shears: Some of the best techniques are ones that you invent! This is a little trick to adding texture to the edges of your flower centers. I like to use this trick most often with my pompom center! Using the pinking sheers creates a pointed edge rather than a boxy one, and therefore, it looks more natural.

A close-up of Abbi's hands using pinking shears to create a paper flower center on a strip of yellow cardstock.

Detail Scissors: I didn’t use to use detail scissors, but after picking up a pair, I realized how useful they are! Use these for correcting small cuts or adding intricate details.

Abbi's hands use detail scissors to cut long strips in a yellow strip of cardstock to be used as the stamen in a paper flower design.

Flower Punches: In this step, I also like to throw in flower punches and flower die cuts because if you are making these paper flowers by hand, there will be times when the center of small flowers is just too intricate to cut by hand. In that case, swap the flower center for a flower punch to save your hands and time!

How to Curl and Shape Petals For Paper Flowers

Curling a paper flower petal is what makes the entire flower come to life. From a flat 2D piece of paper to a 3D blooming beauty jumping out at you, curling and shaping techniques are very key!

Wood Dowel: The first option I use most often is a thin wood dowel. Using a wood dowel is very effective in curling petals at angles. I usually opt for 1/4 – 1/2-inch wood dowels.

Abbi's hand demonstrates how to curl paper flower petals, using a wood dowel and white paper petals in a salmon background.

Paper Blooms Shaping Mat and Tool Set: This is my absolute FAVORITE way to shape petals! The Paper Blooms shaping mat and toolset lets you cup petals, curl petals, add ridges and veins, and overall take your flowers to the next level!

Paper Blooms shaping mat and tool set. A pink petal is being shaped by Abbie's hand. Red curled flowers appear in the corner of the graphic. It says "soft surface ideal for molding and shaping. Use with our Paper Blooms Rolling Tool and Flower Templates."

Cricut Scraper: The last way I shape my petals or leaves is with a paper craft scraper tool. Since I use a Cricut machine, I love the Cricut scraper. This tool gives you the ability to curl crisp curves on leaves and petals quickly.

Cricut scraper is used by Abbi Kirsten to curl metallic pink paper flower petals. Finished petals lay on the decorative table next to a purple glue gun.

Quilling Tool: Quilling tools are perfect for helping you roll rosette flowers together in a flash! Take a peek at how I roll my flowers with these quilling tools on Instagram.

I also recently discovered this Flowtool, which is great for rolling rosettes easily!

Five quilling tools laid out in a line with purple handles. These tools can help make paper flowers like small paper rosettes.

Distress Inks and Oxide: How To Add Color To Petals

If you really want to make your paper flowers look life-like, consider adding some ink to the edges or centers. This step takes a little more time but is well worth the results!

Stamp Ink: Using ink to distress my flower petals is usually my go-to option. There are so many great inks out there, but I highly recommend Tim Holtz Ink and Color Box!

Pan Pastels: Pan pastels are a more recent discovery of mine. I love how easy it is to blend colors with the pastels. If blending is what you are after, then pan pastels are for you!

Paint/Pens: Never underestimate the power of the pen! Pen and paints are a great option for dressing up any paper flower petal. Watercolors are the best for painting petals! Whether you want to free-hand some designs or have your Cricut draw some details onto a leaf, at some point, be sure to give it a try.

Brushes and Ink Daubers: My favorite ways to apply the distress inks/oxides and pan pastels is with an ink blending brush and finger daubers. And you will love this glass craft board for blending and experimenting with your colors! You’ll be amazed at how much lifelike detail can be added with the shading and depth effects from inks and oxides!

A close-up picture of watercolors in a tray, in various hues of blue and green. You can use paint or ink to distress the petals of your paper petals.

The image below was a shared photo inside my Facebook group from a Grandmother who had her grandkids color the petals, and then she built a flower out of it! Such an original idea and so beautiful!

A photo of a white paper flower colored with watercolors. The photo is from one of Abbi Kirsten's followers, and shows that your imagination can run wild when coloring your paper flowers.

The Best Glue For Paper Flowers

There are quite a few other necessary supplies for paper flower making. Let’s cover those next!

Glue Gun: Of course, we will need something to hold all those petals together! I always opt to use a glue gun because it holds well and dries quickly, which is exactly what you are looking for when you are making paper flowers!

It can be ideal to have both a larger and mini glue gun on hand for working with both giant and small paper flowers. My favorite brand is Surebonder, and you want to opt for a high temp hot glue gun.

And to protect those fingers, check out these finger protectors!

Bearly Art Glue: Occasionally, there will be a paper type that hot glue may not agree with – this happens to me every once and a while with glitter or metallic paper.

In that case, I love to use the Bearly Art brand! Their glue dries clear and relatively quickly. This is also great if you are making flowers with kids or anyone you don’t want working with hot glue.

Supplies for stemming paper flowers

Corsage tape for paper flowers in white, brown and green, with wire stems and white foam balls all on a white table-top. These are some materials you may need for creating paper flowers.

Wire for Stemming: When it comes to stemming a paper flower, arranging them on a wreath, or in bouquets, you need a reliable floral wire for your blooms.

I have always been happy using 18-gauge wire. It is strong enough that your flower won’t droop and flexible enough that you can bend it as needed. In some cases, you may need a thinner wire for more delicate blooms or paper leaves. In that case, I recommend a 22 gauge wire.

You may also need to have some needlenose pliers and wire clippers on hand. I like this plier and clipper set here.

Floral Tape: To cover your wire with a more finished look, opt for floral tape in a variety of colors.

A white wood table holds a glass bowl of wooden balls, as a clear container spills it's supply of white balls next to green wire. These are some supplies you may need to create fantastic paper flowers.

Cotton Spun Balls and Wood Beads: I love to find objects that I can use to build petals onto. Using these cotton spun balls, and wood beads are perfect for detailed centers for flowers. I also have used 8-12mm pearls as stoppers on wires or to create small center stamen like this poinsettia here.

The image shows handmade paper wisteria

Supplies For Hanging Giant Paper Flowers

With giant paper flowers, you need to think about how you will hang them. Big flowers are assembled with large petals and then a base. The base provides the perfect area for attaching a means to hang the flowers. Read my full resource on hanging giant flowers here.

Here are a couple of quick highlights for mounting large flowers onto a wall.

Command Strips: Sticky command strips or velcro command strips work great for sticking large paper flowers to a wall and are usually my first choice since they are damage free.

Mounting Tape: Mounting tape is just like command strips but heavier duty and something you want to use for more permanent use.

Paper Flower Supplies – Arrangements and Bouquets

In addition to the supplies above, there are some other items that you may want for creating paper flower arrangements, bouquets, corsages, etc.

A close-up of a red and yellow paper boutonniere with green leaves pinned on a deep blue suit with a blue bowtie on a white shirt.

Pins: Pins are important when it comes to creating corsages and boutonnieres. To pin a boutonniere on lapels, I like to use straight pins like these here.

If you are working with a corsage, you may want the option of a flat back pin that can be glued onto the back of your flowers and pinned directly onto a dress.

Slap Bands: Okay, I know half of you are thinking, did she just say slap bands? Yes, slap bands – that’s not a typo.

Slap bands work amazingly well for wrist corsages! This idea came to me when I was playing around with slap bands to hold my vinyl rolls together (an extra bonus idea for you!).

You can find inexpensive slap bands that can be wrapped in ribbon to dress them up and then glue your flowers right on top!

A picture of a woman's arm over a white wooden table, with a pink and yellow paper flower corsage om a slap band.

Ribbon: Where there are paper flowers, there is ribbon! I LOVE to play with ribbon in my pictures and arrangements. I have one favorite source, Anastasia Marie Shop, for specialty ribbons that really stands out.

Styling Bouquets and Arrangements

Foam Ball: We touched on foam and cotton spun balls above, but you also may need larger foam balls when building a bouquet! I like to use an 8-10 inch foam ball for my bouquets, but I have gone up to 12-inch options for a bigger look. I always cut my foam balls in half for a more natural look.

In addition to foam balls, you may also want foam circles to stack inside vases or planters. This will help you arrange stems with support.

Wreath Base: Creating wreaths with paper flowers is really fun. There are some different options for bases to build upon. The first option I like to use is a foam circle base.

As an alternative, you can also use a natural vine wreath or even embroidery hoops!

A photo showing how paper flowers can be attached to embroidery hoops to create lovely wreaths.

Vases: If you are building arrangements, you will need vases. Vases can be found at home goods stores and craft stores, but I also love and have bought several of these minimalist vases. Etsy also has some amazing vase options as well.

Vase Fillers: Vase fillers help your flowers stay stable and upright in your arrangements. Fillers can get expensive, but I have found a few cheap alternatives.

First, when you need to just fill space, I recommend using foam beads (the kind you use for homemade slime) as vase fillers! This is a very economical option. You can also use some stone fillers.

For more help with floral arrangements, check out my cascading paper flower bouquet tutorial and my holiday table arrangement design!

Where can I find paper flower templates?

When you create a free account Abbi’s Craft Vault, you can find several free flower templates to get you started! Check the free flower templates out here!

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Abbi Kirsten Premium Membership

Beyond that, there are even more for our Premium AKC Members!

With over 150+ paper flowers, you can learn to make both giant wall flowers and small paper flowers for arrangements, bouquets, corsages, and more. Remember to refer back to these paper flower supplies when you start crafting!

Paper Flower Books

There are so many wonderful craft books out there to teach you how to make paper flowers. After being challenged by my community to create my own, I set out to write two books about paper flower making.

The Art of Giant Paper Flowers Book, with a black cover and red, pink, peach, and light blue roses and other flowers. Behind the book is a stack of cardstock in a rainbow line.

The Art of Giant Paper Flowers

In 2015, I wrote my book, The Art of Giant Paper Flowers, and have sold more than 10,000 copies since its release! You can grab the hardback version here or the ebook option – templates are included for both!

The Joy of Paper Flowers

After the first book, I received more requests for a book on making small paper flowers and arrangments, so The Joy of Paper Flowers was released in 2018! Grab The Joy of Paper Flowers here (ebook only).

The Joy of Paper Flower book by Abbi Kirsten Collections
Utensils for making paper flowers on wooden table

I’ve created so many flower templates over the years. Here is a highlight of the most downloaded flower templates and best-seller designs in the Craft Vault!

Free Printable Supply List Guide

Don’t forget to download the printable flower supply list, too, in the Vault!

All in all, the information I have given you above is what I use to create all the flowers you see on Abbi Kirsten Collections, and you can totally create your own easy paper flowers with this guide. For more DIY projects like paper flowers, check out more tutorials on the blog!

A bright orange graphic with purple and white flowers. Text reads "Paper flower supply list. Create paper blooms like a pro!"

And to get yourself started, don’t forget to try out all my free paper flower tutorials here.

I’d love to know your thoughts, questions, or additional suggestions to add to the list!

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  1. Wonderful tutorial! Thank you!

  2. Svetlana Wasserman says:

    Very useful information! I have been trying to make paper flowers on my Cricut machine using magazine paper, but having trouble finding the right setting. There is no setting for magazines in the design space. Usually the paper rips. Do you have any advice on best setting for cutting magazine paper?

    1. Good question! If the paper is ripping you may want to try to lower the pressure which can be done on the final cut screen. Since magazine paper is thin I would also make sure you are choosing light cardstock or the copy paper setting. 🙂

  3. Thank you! That was the lead I needed. I set it to copy paper, and then had to tinker with the pressure. At about 165, that seems to be the sweet spot. Very grateful for your advice.

  4. I love anything flowers, I’m so excited for this!!!! I’m in the middle moving so most of my crafting things are already in boxes, so I opted for the VIP All Access pass so once my craft room is put back together, I’m going to have fun with all these flowers!!! Thank you for all your hard work for putting this summit together!

    1. Hi Melissa! It’s my pleasure! I can’t wait to see what you will create once you get settled!