Paper Flower Peony: How to Make Paper Peonies

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Paper Flower Peony Tutorial

Peonies are one of the the most sought after flowers. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about real, silk or paper. Making peonies out of paper is super fun but takes some patience to perfect your skill.

There are a couple of key things that can help make your paper peonies amazing. I’m going to share in this post the tools I use and my tips on How to Make Paper Peonies.

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Supplies for Peony Flowers

Let’ talk about paper first. The most common question I get in my line of work is, what kind of paper do you use? In general, I almost always stick with 65 pound weighted cardstock (176 grams). With these peonies specifically I never go above 65 pound usually. I occasionally go a little below 65 if it’s a pretty color paper I can’t get in the 65 pound weight.

Click here for the brand I use 65 pound cardstock.


Next, let’s discuss cutting options. You can hand cut these peonies or cut with a machine. Hand cutting will take more time but it is possible! I do recommend machine use, especially with small flower designs, because they are more intricate and it saves time. Whether hand cutting or machine cutting you can find the links to my scissors and machine I use below.


Cutting Machine (optional: click here to see the one I recommend)

Occasionally my readers and customers wonder if they can use a glue other then hot melt glue. The answer is you can, but I don’t recommend it. The advantage to hot glue is that it not only holds well, but dries within a minute so you can complete each layer of your flower without needing to wait a longer amount of time for say, elmers glue to dry. In other words, it could get messy if you don’t opt for hot glue.

Glue gun (Find it here)

The secret tool you will want for perfect peonies

After my business started to grow I decide it was time to take things to the next level and manufacture my own products beyond just digital templates.

Enter the Paper Blooms shaping mat and tool set.

This Paper Blooms mat is ideal for molding and shaping paper petals. The material is durable, flexible, puncture resistant and great for shaping, texturing or even embossing. The set comes with 4 double-side rolling ball tools. If you want to be able to cup your paper petals to perfection like a pro, this is a good set to have in your craft tool box.



Lastly, let’s talk templates. I designed this classic peony template as my first ever small flower design. The templates are available as printable PDFs for hand cutting and SVG cut files for the machine option. Our full video tutorial is available below and I’ve also written a step by step peony tutorial here!



You will find that paper peonies take time to perfect but like any great thing in life this is often true. Once you get it down you will have so much fun finding ways to use your paper peonies! Wreathes, arrangements, bouquets, gift box decor, shadow boxes, the list never ends.

Tell me how you would use these peonies in the comments below!

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My mission is to inspire you to nurture the creative magic inside your soul – bringing you fun, easy to learn DIY projects, and quality template designs. I share a variety of projects but specifically love paper crafting and paper flowers. Interested in more flower tutorials?! I’ve created dozens of signature designs for you to enjoy – starting with my best seller, The Art of Giant Paper Flowers, the Giant Flower Library and my shop of endless paper designs and flower templates.

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  1. Hello Abbi,

    I accidentally purchased 2 of the same pattern. May I swap one for another small flower pattern please?


  2. Hey Abbi,
    I stored by shaping mat in a plastic bag and when I went to use it today it is like dried up. It’s not soft anymore. I am so very disappointed. Should that happen?
    Thank you!
    Joni Furnish

    1. HI,
      I have no idea why that would happen. I have mats stored out in the open air for 2 plus years that are still soft because they are made from neoprene. Sorry this happened but I’m not sure why that would be. I would try storing it outside the bag. The moisture in the air will keep it softer.

  3. I just found your tutorial for these beautiful Peonies, how do you cut these without having to cut them by hand? Is there a template that you send to a printer, or can you use a cricuit type cutitng machine to cut them?

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