How To Make Paper Flowers: 3D Paper Tulips

Forgot to get flowers for a special occasion, or just don’t want to deal with flowers that fade after two days? Paper flowers are a great alternative; they’re quick and easy to make, plus you can customize them with any colors or patterns you want! This tutorial will show you how to make 3D paper tulip flowers in just a few easy steps!

Learn How To Make Paper Flowers - These 3D paper tulips make the perfect centerpiece or decoration for any occasion!

How To Make 3D Paper Tulip Flowers

Here’s what I used for these DIY paper flowers: (affliate links to the products I use and recommend below)

  • my Silhouette CAMEO (you can use scissors or an Xacto knife if you don’t have a cutting machine)
  • paper flower template (I used this shape from the Silhouette online store)
  • floral wire
  • glue stick

The first thing I did was cut out the paper flower template with my Silhouette.

How To Make Paper Flowers - 3D Paper Tulips

Once you have your shapes cut out, thread the floral wire through the hole in the center of the smaller flower, and bend it at a 90 degree angle to keep the wire from slipping through.

How To Make Paper Flowers - 3D Paper Tulips

Glue the small dot over the bent wire; this will cover the wire and hold it in place. Next, bend each of the petals upward at a 90 degree angle, and glue the petals together where they overlap.

How To Make Paper Flowers - 3D Paper Tulips

Once all four petals are glued together, you have the inside of the flower complete!

How To Make Paper Flowers - 3D Paper Tulips

Now thread the larger flower onto the floral wire, under the smaller flower center you just glued. Add a little bit of glue around the floral wire where the two papers meet to hold them together.

How To Make Paper Flowers - 3D Paper Tulips

Then do the same thing with the larger flower: fold the petals up at 90 degree angles and glue them together where they overlap. When you’re done you’ll have a gorgeous 3D paper tulip!

How To Make Paper Flowers - 3D Paper Tulips

Next, fold the leaves in half lengthwise, and then bend the top third of each leaf backwards around your pointer finger to give it a slight curl.

How To Make Paper Flowers - 3D Paper Tulips

Glue the leaves onto the floral wire stem, and you’re done! I filled some cute little tins with  moss and used them as bases for the flowers, but a vase or a bottle would work great too!

Learn How To Make Paper Flowers - These 3D paper tulips make the perfect centerpiece or decoration for any occasion!

Learn How To Make Paper Flowers - These 3D paper tulips make the perfect centerpiece or decoration for any occasion!

They also make great centerpieces! Use them on your dining table, or at a wedding, birthday party, bridal shower, or any sort of get-together!

Learn How To Make Paper Flowers - These 3D paper tulips make the perfect centerpiece or decoration for any occasion!

Have you ever made paper flowers before?

If you want to see more Silhouette tutorials, check out my Silhouette project gallery to see every project I’ve ever done with my Silhouette, or check out a few of my favorites below!

This project is part of this month’s Silhouette Challenge! Want to see some other great flower projects you can make using your Silhouette cutting machine? Check these out!

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I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. keri @ shaken together says

    6 years ago

    These look so much easier than I thought they would be! My kind of flowers, too – I can’t kill them!!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      6 years ago

      Haha, I hear ya Keri! And yeah, I was really impressed with how pretty these flowers turned out for how simple they were to make!!!

  2. Vanessa says

    6 years ago

    Love how simple and adorable these are!

  3. Michele @ Our Rosey Life says

    6 years ago

    Jessi ~ Tulips are one of my favorite spring flowers and yours are cute. I can see taking your design and adding the tulips to a gift wrapped package too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kristy gd says

    6 years ago

    I love the little metal “vases” you used – particularly the cream pitcher. So perfect!

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