26 Aug Paper Sunflower: Collection Of The Best Handmade DIY Tutorials
It’s summertime. The sun is shining down, you’re spending your days out by the lake, and your nights are filled with the warm summer air as you sit by the bonfire or enjoy your friends’ company. With the warm weather comes everyone’s favorite flower: the sunflower. It’s bright, it’s fun, and it brings a smile to everyone’s face. Paper flowers are easily customizable, never die, and are super cost-effective. A paper sunflower is the perfect addition to any aspect of life in the summer months. You can make a paper flower bouquet to give to a loved one or incorporate paper sunflowers into your home décor. You can even have a sunflower-themed dinner party using these awesome paper flowers. Sunflowers are the perfect way to brighten up anyone’s day!
Why the Sunflower?
The sunflower, with its bright yellow petals, is one of the most distinguishable flowers to people of all ages. Sunflowers are thought to have healing powers, and they definitely bring a smile to everyone’s face. From the days of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting, to the state of Kansas’ nickname of the Sunflower State, these flowers have been an important part of culture for hundreds of years. Back in the 18th century, Peter the Great was fascinated by the sunflowers he saw in Holland. He insisted the seeds be taken back to Russia so they could have their own fields of sunflowers.
Paper Sunflower Tutorials
Just like Peter the Great, you can have your very own sunflower field —paper sunflower field. Although it could take some time to make a field of them. There are tons of different ways to make paper sunflowers, and I’ve searched far and wide to find the best tutorials for you to follow. These range in complexity, materials, and time involved, but each one results in unique, eye-catching paper sunflowers that everyone is sure to rave about.
Giant Paper Sunflower
This tutorial from Jennifer Maker uses a variety of materials and textures to make a one-of-a-kind paper sunflower. For this project, you’ll need several colors of cardstock, hot glue and a sheet of foam core. If you plan on hanging the sunflower, you'll need some floral wire. She also gives you a pattern to follow or template to cut out using scissors. She suggests colors to add dimension to the sunflower. This giant sunflower is sure to get rave reviews!
Mesh and Paper Sunflower
Trendy Tree has a great but complex tutorial for creating flowers out of mesh. These flowers will take a bit longer than most, but they’re sure to stand out from other paper flowers. You’ll need paper mesh, moss paper, poly mesh, canvas, a work wreath, and zip ties. This sunflower comes out on the bigger side, measuring about 20” x 20”, making it the perfect choice if you want to use the paper sunflower as a piece of décor. This method is fairly time-consuming, but it’s surely worth it.
Simple Paper Sunflower
Hostess with the Mostess has this great tutorial for paper sunflowers that allows you to have simple but gorgeous paper flowers in no time. The best part? She has a PDF template for you to use (no login or payment required) that makes the process super easy. Unlike some of the other tutorials, these flowers only require basic materials, like Elmer’s glue and hot glue. It does make it much easier if you have a scallop circle punch. But if you don't have one, you can always use scissors to cut out a scalloped circle. These flowers have a unique whimsical element that makes them perfect to give to a friend or add to a paper bouquet.
Image from Hostess with the Mostess
Crafty Paper Sunflower
If you feel like getting your hands dirty, this paper sunflower tutorial from Hooligans Magazine is the one for you. It uses materials you probably already have at home—tissue paper, glue, cardboard, and paint. Using tissue paper for the petals and a cardboard circle as a base, this one leaves tons of room for creativity and customization. You can cut the cardboard and tissue paper to whatever size you’d like. Then, you can use craft paint to decorate the inner part of the sunflower however you prefer, with as little or as much detail as you choose. This one definitely looks a bit more homemade or elementary compared to some of the others. But I like it because you can get more creative and add your own unique flair.
Image from Hooligansmagazine.com
What’s your favorite use for paper flowers? I’d love to see your sunflower creations and hear more about how you use paper flowers to enhance your daily life. Please leave a comment below if you have tried to make any of these sunflowers.
I reviewed the best tutorials for 10 other types of flowers. Click on the links below to check out the other flower tutorials.
- Roses: Roses symbolize love and are perfect for Valentine’s day, Mother’s day, weddings and birthdays for that special someone.
- Daisy: Daisies signify innocence and are simple to make with kids.
- Orchids: Orchids are delicate and denote beauty and luxury. They make wonderful decorations for gifts and hair accessories.
- Calla Lilly: Calla Lilies are elegant and simple and work well for modern decorations. If you want to make a lot of flowers for an event or party, then calla lilies are great to make.
- Tulips: Tulips represent springtime and are another easy flower to make with children.
- Stargazer Lily: Stargazer lilies are great for bouquets and work well with other flowers.
- Iris: Iris’ suggest purity and are one of the most beautiful blue or violet flowers.
- Bird of Paradise: If you want to make a tropical themed flower, the Bird of Paradise is your best bet.
- Carnation: Carnations are easily recognized, fun to make and are also great for Mother’s day and Valentine’s day.
- Lotus: Lotus flowers imply compassion, love, purity and rebirth. They are the most spiritual flower.