3d Watercolor Paper Peony Flowers

Handmade Watercolor Paper Flowers Tutorial

I work with the 10-11 year old girls in my church in Activity Days.   We threw a Mother Daughter Breakfast and I was in charge of coming up with some decorating ideas for the tables.  We had some centerpieces for the tables but I also wanted to have a little something on the food table.  Using my Silhouette, I cut out some white cardstock paper peony petals.

I used this shape from the Silhouette online store:  3d Peony Flower

I really liked that this peony flower was made from individual petals.  I gave the girls each a stack of petals and they chose whatever colors they wanted to paint the petals.  Using watercolor for the petals gives such a unique look to each one, reminiscent of a real flower.   Since the assembly process was a little bit too advanced for the  younger girls,  I took the colored petals home and put the flowers together myself.

how to assemble watercolored paper peony flowers

I deviated from the original shape by making my own center.  I cut  a small strip of yellow cardstock about 1.25 x 3 inches long.  I used a pair of scissors to snip lines into it making it look like grass.  I used a bead of hot glue to glue on a piece of floral wire to one side of the yellow center on the part that was not snipped into.   Then I wrapped the center around itself and glued it shut.   Push out the snipped yellow pieces to make the center full.  This particular peony has 4 small petals that go right around the center, 3 medium sized ones to go next and then 9 large petals.  Place a drop of glue onto the bottom stem part of the petal.  Start with the small petals and glue them around the yellow cardstock center.  Don’t start at the bottom of the yellow cardstock, start just below where the cut lines stop.  That way as you add more layers, you will have a good base to glue them to. Don’t roll your petals with a pencil or anything, they look much prettier with the petals sticking straight out! Keep glueing the petals on going from small to medium to large.  As you glue on each row, find where two petals touch and start by glueing your first petal right between them and then working your way around.  You could add floral tape to the bottom if you want but I didn’t find it particularly necessary.

3d watercolor paper flowersIt was interesting to see the colors that each girl chose.  I helped paint some flowers for girls that missed but for the most part we had a mix of blue, red, purple, pink and yellow.   One of the great things about making this into a kids project is that it is hard to mess up the watercoloring.  Every girl got to take home a beautiful paper peony flower.

Watercolor Paper Peony Flowers

The largest sized petal was 2.195 x 2.415 inches.  This made for some decent sized flowers once they were all constructed.

Watercolor paper peony flowers_DIY

If you are love making paper flowers, I made a really big 3d paper flower wall art las month and you can see it HERE!

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  1. WOW! I really love the way the watercolor shading bumps these flowers up a notch. Great job! Plus, what a wonderful way to get the kids involved!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Kristy! The kids loved doing it and I loved that no matter what they did, their flowers turned out gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. These are beautiful! I love peonies, and these look so real!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Rachel! I think the watercolor helps to give each petal its own unique look. Now if only they smelled :).

  3. Very very pretty, Lisa! Your work always impresses me. I saw your flower wall last month and my jaw dropped!

  4. Lisa,
    Peonies are one of my favorite spring flowers and yours are just lovely. What’s even more special is that you made it a project to do with the kiddos!!!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thank you Michele! Peonies are one of my faves too! I love all the delicate petals that make the flowers look so full. I planted some last year in my garden but only two survived :(. I have visions of a gorgeous vase full of real peonies one day. For now I will have to settle for these!

  5. Lovely!!
    really loved it..
    wish I have the materials and craft it..
    very nice bouquet.. very nice work .. and the water colors made a great effect..

    • greylustergirl says:

      Why thank you Maha! It is so easy to do!

      • Ya.. so simple ♥and wish I have time to go for shopping for water colors 🙂
        anyway.. I should find time for crafts as I do love it and makes my life happier ♥

  6. These are utterly gorgeous! And I love that you got the girls in on the watercolor painting action! Truly outstanding job, Lisa and Team! I’m inspired.

  7. These are so pretty! I’d love it if you shared this at The Makers Link Party going on at my blog right now, UpcycledTreasures.com. Pinned 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  8. Very lovely. Thanks for sharing