This Folded Paper Sunflower Craft is so fun and easy to make, and it’s the perfect way to celebrate summer turning into fall! Your kids will love making them as gifts to give to grandparents or to decorate the house.
Beautiful, bright yellow sunflowers 🌻 are familiar signs of the near end of summer. There is really nothing more beautiful than driving by a blooming sunflower field. Or being able to walk through a sunflower field in full bloom.
Don’t they just make you smile? They look so happy!
Bring the outdoors inside with this paper sunflower craft! It’s a fun craft that school-age kids will love because it looks much harder to make than it is! Simply use fun folding techniques that provide a very cool visual effect.
Let your children go shopping with you for the supplies. Engage them from start to finish, and they’ll feel such pride when they see what they accomplished!
All you’ll need to do is briefly sit down with them to demonstrate the technique. But then again, maybe once you get started you will want to join in on the fun! 😉
Looking for an activity to keep them busy and having fun? This Folded Paper Sunflower Craft will keep them busy for hours and hours because they won’t stop with just one sunflower.
Warning: you may end up with a “field” of sunflowers in your home!🌻
Ingredients Needed For Folded Paper Sunflower Craft
- Colorful Craft Paper – yellow, brown, green and various colors for background.
- Pencil – use to trace pieces of sunflower
- Scissors – safety scissors for younger kids!
- Glue – glue stick or liquid glue…or glue dots would work well too!
How to Make A Folded Paper Sunflower
The process for making this paper sunflower project is really super simple. Just follow this process!
Begin by cutting out the petals for your paper sunflower craft from the PDF templates. Download the templates here.
With one of the petal pieces, make a cone shape by bringing two sides of the circular paper together. Glue the overlapped area together.
Continue in the same manner until all the petal pieces are glued together.
Chose your preferred colored paper. Glue the petals onto the card stock starting at the top in a circular shape.
Glue down all the petal pieces except the bottom middle one.
Now glue the stem down with the top of the stem placed in the gap at the bottom of your paper sunflower.
Once the stem is glued down, place the final petal over the stem and glue it down.
Cut out a brown circular piece of craft paper that will fit in the middle of the flower and glue it down.
From the template, cut out the leaves for your paper sunflower craft.
Fold the leaves in a similar fashion as the flower petals and glue them on the stem of your paper sunflower.
Folded Paper Sunflower Craft Recipe Notes And Tips
- Before gluing down any of the pieces down, place them all on the card stock first so that you can make sure you have them all exactly the way you want them.
- If using a glue stick to glue petals into circular pieces, be sure to pinch together the pieces until the glue has a chance to set and hold. I do find that glue dots are super helpful for this project!
Paper Sunflower Variations To Try
- Let your creativity shine and change up the colors of the flower. Make the flower petals and background any color you wish.
- Add pom poms or buttons to the center on the brown craft paper. The buttons or pom poms will give it some interesting dimension.
- Before folding the petals, use a thin layer of liquid glue to each side and sprinkle some yellow glitter to make your paper sunflower shine. You can add glitter to the leaves and stem too.
- Use a large piece of card stock and cut out enough sunflower pieces to create your own ‘sunflower field’ on the card stock.
- Provide colored markers so that your kids can write a message on their craft or draw a ladybug, clouds or whatever else they think of.
I tend to see readers ask lots of questions about craft projects. If you have a question and don’t see it answered below, please leave it in the comments so I can answer it for you!
What is the best kind of paper to use for the parts of the paper sunflower?
I would suggest using construction paper or colored copy paper for the petals, leaves, and stems. They are both lightweight and pliable so it will be very easy to curl the pieces into a circular shape.
Can I use card stock for my paper sunflower pieces?
Card stock is much thicker than construction paper or copy paper. Therefore, it will be more difficult to cut and curl the pieces for the petals and leaves.
However, card stock is an excellent option to use for the base sheet. It will be very sturdy and showcase your masterpiece beautifully.
Can I use a glue gun on this project?
I would not suggest using a glue gun for this paper sunflower project. When the hot glue dries, it tends to dry hard and in small little lumps.
I think you will be much happier with the final project if you use liquid glue, craft glue, a glue stick, or glue dots. All of these will dry clear and flat.
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- Colorful Craft Paper
- Cut out petals of sunflower from PDF templates.
- Bring two sides of circular paper piece together to make a cone shape. Glue the overlapped area together.
- Fold all the petal pieces the same way.
- Take card stock paper and start gluing the petals from the top of the page in a circular shape.
- Glue all the petals except the bottom middle one.
- Glue the stem on in the gap.
- Glue the final petal over the stem.
- Glue a brown circular piece of craft paper on the middle of the flower.
- Cut out the leaves from the template.
- Fold the leaves similar to the petals, then glue them on the stem.