1. How To: Paper Peonies

How To: Paper Peonies

The paper peony was the showstopper in our paper wedding bouquet. Don’t get us wrong—all the flowers were petal-perfect. But this one? This is the one that brought paper tears to our eyes.


  • 1

    Get the Pattern

    Print out this flower template (PDF), then cut out the pattern size you want to make.

    Print out this flower template

  • 2

    Make the Petals

    Trace the petal patterns on your favorite color Post-it® Notes. Trace 25-30 petals for the large peony, and 20-25 for the small peony.

    Trace the petal patterns

  • 3

    Stir Up Some Glue

    • Pour half a bottle of Scotch® Quick Drying Tacky Glue (or about 2 oz.) into your bowl with 1/3 cup of water. Stir until combined. Then lay something down on your table. It’s about to get messy.
    • Stir until combined
  • 4

    Dip and Stick

    • Dip a petal cutout into the glue mixture. Place each petal on the styrofoam ball. Smooth it down with your fingers to mold the paper together. Keep doing it until the ball is completely covered.
    • Dip a petal cutout into the glue mixture
  • 5

    Taking Shape

    • Once a base layer of petals is down, begin shaping the petals so they fan out (imagine a flower blooming). Repeat this step until your flower is in full bloom. Set aside until completely dry.
    • begin shaping the petals so they fan out
  • 6

    Stemwinder

    Once it’s dried, cut a 6-10 inch piece of wire. Poke it into the bottom of the blossom. Use glue to secure it.

    cut a 6-10 inch piece of wire

  • 7

    Green Sleeves

    Wrap that wire up with Scotch® Masking Tape then follow with green floral tape, and you’re done!

    • Wrap that wire up with Scotch® Masking Tape
    • That is one lovely peony

    Wow. That is one lovely peony. Pro tip: add variety by using all the different sized templates. A bouquet mix of small, medium, and large flowers is simply stunning.

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