How to Make Paper Flowers from Cupcake Liners

paper flowers

Want to learn how to make paper flowers in a snap? I saw this paper flower tutorial over at Folding Trees and gave it a whirl. After creating a couple of paper flowers I realized that I didn’t have the patience to make an entire bouquet. Although the flowers are pretty, they’re not for impatient types like me.  I couldn’t imagine cutting circle after tissue paper circle to make a bouquet.

Then I made the flowers using cupcake liners.  What a cinch! I was pretty darn tickled with how they turned out.

If you’re aiming to add some whimsy to your wedding, these would be a perfect DIY project for you and your maids. They’d also be pretty sweet for a wedding shower – displayed right next to the cupcakes!

What you need:

Cupcake Liners
(in color of your choice) I used eight small cupcake liners per flower.

Pipe Cleaners

Straight Pin

Floral Tape

How to Make Paper Flowers

Take cupcake liners out of their packaging.

how to make paper flowers

Flatten eight cupcake liners (enough for one flower) with your hands.

paper flowers

Using a straight pin, poke two holes on the inside of the cupcake liners about a half an inch apart.

making paper flowers

paper carnations

Insert pipe cleaner into the holes through the inside of the cupcake liners. You will probably only be able to do a couple at a time. Keep repeating until you have all eight cupcake liners threaded onto the pipe cleaner.

handmade paper flowers

Bring the end of pipe cleaner through the second hole.

paper flowers bouquet

Starting as close as you can to the edge of the cupcake liners, wrap your pipe cleaner with floral tape. It takes a bit of practice to get good at it.

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After all eight of the cupcake liners have been placed onto the pipe cleaner, begin pinching the cupcake liners with your thumb and index finger one at a time, beginning with the top one. Repeat until all cupcake liners have been shaped.

carnations made from paper

paper bouquet

Voila! A lovely paper flower to admire!

single red carnation

Now that you’ve learned how to make paper flowers, why not learn how to make tissue paper pom poms?

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  1. Posted by meaghan (chic cookies) on April 6th, 2010 at 4:20pm

    I know these aren't edible, but I couldn't help posting a link to these flowers on my Edible Crafts column! So fabulous (
  2. Posted by Christina on April 7th, 2010 at 8:00am

    Thanks for the link Meaghan!
  3. Posted by MissDDT on April 8th, 2010 at 12:26am

    Oh I love this! So simple, so cute, and it looks so fun! Great idea :D
  4. Posted by Sonia on April 8th, 2010 at 8:55am

    I love these simple to make, and so lovely to look at!
  5. Posted by Sarah Banana on May 17th, 2010 at 6:43pm

    I've decided to use these instead of flowers for my wedding...thanks so much for coming up with this brilliant idea!
  6. Posted by Jacqueline on July 21st, 2010 at 1:14pm

    I used these flowers as centerpieces at my wedding. They look fantastic!
  7. Posted by Christina on July 21st, 2010 at 6:00pm

    I'd love to see the photos Jacqueline!
  8. Posted by Ali Lerner on July 28th, 2010 at 6:46pm

    Very Clever! Love this...
  9. Posted by proCRAFTinatingPA on July 30th, 2010 at 4:53pm

    Just wanted to let you know I featured this TUT on my blog!! Love the idea, made a half dozen myself!
  10. Posted by Christina on August 3rd, 2010 at 2:35pm

    Cool! I'd love to see how yours turned out!
  11. Posted by Mari on October 15th, 2010 at 8:17am

    I love ideas like these. It will come in handy, because I buy cupcake liners by the thousand and lots of time a few get out of shape when left outside the case. I throw them away, but not any more....I'll use this decorations for the cupcakes orders presentations.

    Thanks for sharing the this idea.
  12. Posted by soledad on January 16th, 2011 at 8:24am

    Excelente, mas ahora que en todo debe reciclarse......:)
  13. Posted by Dee Dee on January 31st, 2011 at 10:48pm

    Wow, thanks for this cute flower post. Low cost to produce and will make wonderful centerpieces for May Day, Bridal Showers, Easter luncheons, Card/Bunco Parties and Tea Parties in pretty pastels!!! Spring fever is hitting everyone hard these days, BUT with a big ice storm coming tomorrow followed by snow I will be keeping my hands busy making these cuties ahead of time for the upcoming Spring events! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
  14. Posted by Christina on February 1st, 2011 at 1:37pm

    Hope you have fun making them Dee Dee! They're definitely cheery and a perfect project for a snowy day.
  15. Posted by Donn on June 26th, 2012 at 8:06am

    AWESOME. So simple, and I love it. I had some colourful cupcake liners I couldn't use to bake. I saw this, and tried it with some one of those garbage bin liner ties instead of pipe cleaners - and it worked really well for a first one ;) I would love to make a whole bunch now :) Thankyou for sharing.
  16. Posted by Kelly on July 12th, 2013 at 6:09pm

    I am SO impatient, thank you for this tutorial! Just pinned it :-)
  17. Posted by Sam Lynn on February 27th, 2014 at 6:39pm

    Wow! These are so cute! I'm not a fan of silk flowers, I always feel like they fray WAY to much, but real flowers can be so expensive! These are so cute and can make a great keepsake for everyone in the wedding party. Awww could even make mini ones for the boutonnieres (sorry, I know I probably spelled that wrong). The best part is that you can add a more personal touch to each bridesmaids bouquet with a different and unique liner. This has given me so many ideas!!!! Thank you for the post!
  18. Posted by Martha Lofton on March 11th, 2014 at 12:27pm

    I like the way you have made the flower out of cup cake papers. I will try your instructions. nice idea.
    Martha Lofton
  19. Posted by Jocelyn on August 11th, 2014 at 10:58am

    I planned a spa day for my sisters and this was the perfect kind of "craft" we needed. Thanks!
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