These pretty little paper flowers are a quick and simple idea for Mothering Sunday. Once you learn how to make them there are hundreds (well maybe 10) of ways to use them. From the garland shown here for jazzing up gift wrap, to sticking on a plain greetings card or scattering over a dining table or breakfast in bed tray. I’m sure any mother will appreciate a little handmade something on Mothers Day.


You will need
Two 8cm squares of coloured paper, for large flowers
Two 5cm squares of coloured paper, for small flowers
4cm squares of coloured paper, for leaves
Craft knife and cutting mat
Metal ruler
Small metal split pins
Length of thin ribbon or gold cord (if making a garland)
Glue stick or glue dots

Using the templates below, cut the petal shapes from coloured paper. You need two petal shapes in different colours for each finished flower.

1. Take one of the petal shapes and, using the blunt back edge of the craft knife, score two straight lines as marked on the template (A and B). Turn the shape over and score the two diagonal lines marked in blue (C and D).

2. Fold the petal shape along the line marked A. Open it out and fold again along the line marked B, then turn it over and fold along the lines marked C and D.

3&4. Working around the shape, pinch each quarter together to give a slightly three-dimensional effect. Repeat steps 1–4 with another piece of paper in a different colour.

5. Using a bradawl and resting on a piece of wood, make a hole in the centre of each petal shape.

6. Place one petal shape on top of another and push a split pin through the two holes. Arrange the petals so both sets are visible. Repeat steps 1–6 until you have made as many flowers as you like.

7. To make the leaves. Using the template, trace and cut out the leaf shapes from coloured paper. Score a line three-quarters of the way down the centre of the leaf and crease.

8. To use the flowers and leaves to decorate a gift box, make holes in the leaves and thread them onto some thin ribbon or gold cord and wrap around the box. Use a small amount of glue or a glue dot to fix the flowers in place on the top of the box.


This project was taken from my book Scissors, Paper, Craft. Click here to see more of the book or use the blog search facility on the right for more Mothers Day inspiration.