30 Aug

DIY Tutorial: Beautiful Paper Sunflowers

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

We have such a fun DIY Tutorial to share with you today…complete with a free printable template! This Step-by-Step Paper Sunflower DIY was created by Fara of Little Things Creations – who also happens to be the creative mind behind the western-themed Toy Story Inspired Dessert Table posted earlier today.

These would make such cute centerpieces or accent decor for everything from baby & bridal showers to birthday parties, harvest parties & more. Get the step-by-step instructions below…

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial


STEP by STEP Paper Sunflower

by Little Things Creations


DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

1. Download and print the pdf template on white card stock.

2. Cut out the petals and fold each right in the middle.
DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

They should look like this after folding:

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

3. Punch out the big circle with the 3″ scallop craft circle punch.

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

4. Punch or cut out the 2″ circle (or use a circle cutter).

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

5. Cut out the leaves with scissors.

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

6. Glue each petal to the 3 inches scallop circle one petal between two waves.

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

It should look like this after the first layer is done:

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

7. Make another layer of petals behind/in between the top layer of petals, like this:

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

8. Glue the 2″ circle right in the middle of the sunflower.

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

9. Almost finished! Give the flower some extra detail by folding the tip of each petal.

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

10. With a low temperature glue gun place a dot of glue in the tip of the 16″ hardwood stick to attach the ribbon.

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

11. Cover the entire stick with ribbon, then glue it at the end to secure.

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

12. Place another dot of glue or double-face tape behind the sunflower to attach the stick.

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

13. Glue the paper leaves to the stick.

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial

14. Your final product! A beautiful paper sunflower, which you can use to decorate your Western theme table (just like I did on this Toy Story inspired table!).

DIY Paper Sunflower Tutorial


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Passionista Love & Dating Blog SAYS:

These are so pretty, Jenn! Looking forward to the tweet up. I’m actually sending this link to my mom. I grew up with these huge sunflowers right outside of our front door. :-)

August 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm


Of course I love sunflowers but I really love these! They’re such a cute stylistic version of the real thing!

Hooray for sunflowers!

August 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm

business card design SAYS:

I would like to say thank you and it’s a wonderful sunflower! You made it easy for us to do it with your easy to follow and detailed instructions. Such a gorgeous sunflower for decoration.

August 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm

partycraftsecrets SAYS:

As a paper-passionista, I love paper crafts, and printables that let people make things fast is so fun! Thanks for sharing this one – go on people… get crafty!

August 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

antique engagement rings SAYS:

I also love sunflowers… just fantastic!

August 31, 2011 at 3:13 am

Julie SAYS:

This is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing!

August 31, 2011 at 10:11 am

Bonnie SAYS:

Thank you so much for sharing the pdf & the tutorial. I’m planning an adoption shower in the next month or so and these will be perfect additions to the decor!!! Thanks again.

August 31, 2011 at 11:13 am

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August 31, 2011 at 10:25 pm

CreativeBusyHand SAYS:

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Sep. 07, 2011. Thanks again.

September 7, 2011 at 6:40 am

Katrina SAYS:

Thanks for the sunflower ideas!
I needed the kids at school to make a sunflower each for a performance – you have given me lots of ideas! Thank you!

September 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Missy SAYS:

Thank you so much for a wonderful tutorial and printable!! My daughter has to bring in sunflowers to school on Wednesday and rather than spending a small fortune at the flower shop – these will be the perfect solution!! Thanks again!!

September 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm


I love this! i made them for my nieces birthday and they look gorgeous! Thank you for the printable and the ideas!

October 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Judy SAYS:

Dearest Hostess

i have tried to download the beautiful sunflower, but there is nothing on the template pdf file. Could you provide another template with the sunflower, as soon as possible? Thank you.


April 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

alyssa SAYS:

Hi Judy, I just refreshed the file so it should be working now! :)

April 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Julie Potts SAYS:

I'll make this one for my mum!

October 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

Michelle SAYS:

I am hosting a Women’s Retreat with a sunflower theme and would love to make these for decorations. Is there any way the link can be updated or refreshed so it can once again be available?

February 25, 2015 at 8:40 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Michelle –
Are you referring to the PDF template? I just checked the link and it actually still downloaded for me so I’m not sure why it’s not working for you :( Here’s the exact URL – maybe try copy/pasting this into your browser and see if it works that way? http://cdn2-blog.hwtm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/DIY_Printable-Sunflower_by_LittleThings-Creations.pdf Hope that helps! :)

February 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm
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