How to Make Paper Peonies

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Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Colored paper for the petals and the stamen (for this project we picked red and peach), A4 cardstock , scissors, glue, tape, a pencil, and hot glue (not pictured).

1. Cut out each petal and base shape from the printed template.

2. Fold the red paper into four equal sections crosswise.

3. Trace the petal template onto the paper and cut out all the layers accordingly.

4. Cut an extra slit about 2cm long at the bottom of the petals.

5. Dab some glue on to the base of each petal.

6. Stick the petal to the edge of the base with the slit overlapping.

7. Keep adding petals symmetrically until a layer is complete.

8. Keep adding layers until the base is completely filled, making sure the new petals alternate with the lower layer of petals.

9. Fold the peach coloured paper into four equal parts lengthwise, and cut into strips.

10. Take a strip and fold lengthwise.

11. Fringe, roll up, and secure the peach strip with some tape, then spread out the fringe outwards. 

12. Fix the stamen on to the centre of the flower with some hot glue.

Here are the peonies in different sizes:

Here’s an idea: Create a large flower without the stamen and use it as the base for teacups served during your tea ceremony! It would be the perfect extra detail — not only pretty but meaningful as well.


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