paper flower

Patricia Zapata is a graphic designer and paper crafter. She is the author of Home, Paper, Scissors: Decorative Paper Accessories for the Home and the owner of A Little Hut

Starburst flower

With just paper and simple materials make this flower that would make a wonderful addition to any gift wrap idea or place it in a frame box for a simple (and economic!) wall art décor piece.


  • 1 sheet of letter-sized card stock
  • Scissors
  • Black colored pencil
  • Cotton ball or soft rag
  • Glue
  • Wooden clips
  • ½” (13mm) circle punch
  • Small piece of yellow cardstock
  • Stickles or glitter
  • Template – download here as a PDF


  • 1. Cut out the petals and circle base in the handout.
  • 2. Using a black colored pencil, lightly color (holding the pencil on its side) three-quarters of each petal.
  • 3. Rub each petal to smooth out the black color.
  • 4. Crease and fold all the petals a two-thirds point, keeping the colored side on the inside of the fold. Fold each crease in half and glue (use only a dot of glue) the edges together. Using a wooden clip, hold all the petals closed, at the crease, until they are dry.
  • 5. Remove the clips and glue four petals to each other very close to the base. Hold them together with a wooden clip until they are dry. Do the same to the other four petals.
  • 6. Fan out the petals and glue them to the circular base. Make sure to add glue between each set of the two sets of four petals. You may have to place a heavy object on top of the center of the flower while it dries completely.
  • 7. Using the circular punch, cut out of a small circle out the yellow cardstock. Add stickles to the circle and glue it to the top of the flower.
  • 8. The center of the flower can be replaced by quilling techniques, a button, brads or any other circular item you have handy. The color of paper and contrasting colored pencil is another easy way to customize the flower. Have fun and experiment!


these flowers are really very pretty – made here into a wreath – simple and sweet.


Great for gift toppers. Link to tutorial.


Seems we’re all about the paper today peeps. Link.