Paper Plate Flowers!


Turn cheap paper plates into smashingly gorgeous flowers? Yes, please.

Paper plate flower tutorial!

This tutorial is based on Parties for Pennies' Paper Plate Flower tutorial! Click here to see it!

These would be great for wedding showers or other parties. Very frugal craft.

You will need:
  • (5) 9-inch Paper Plates
  • Scissors
  • Hemp Cord or Metal Fasteners
  • Round (not beveled) Pencil
  • Marker or Round-Handled Wooden Spoon
  • X-acto Knife
  • Hot Glue Gun

Fold paper plate on dotted lines.

Cut paper on black dots. One side will be cut deeper than the other. You'll end up with a shamrock once the plate is unfolded.

Bend each curved edge around a large marker or the handle of a wooden spoon.

Paper plate flower tutorial!

Lay the first plate, curved edges DOWN.

Fold and cut three more plates, each a little smaller than the last. Cut the edges evenly, not like the first plate. Save the cut edges! We'll use those later.


Use a pencil to curl the petals inward.

Paper plate flower tutorial!

Keep the leftover edges folded together. Cut off the top and bottom edge.

Still folded together, fringe the edge. Repeat with two more leftover edges. 

Press the fringe of ONE leftover edges against a wide marker.

Press the fringes of TWO leftover edges against a pencil.

Paper plate flower tutorial!

Use the X-acto blade to cut holes in the center of each flower.

Place a paper fastener through all the layers

Paper plate flower tutorial!

OR cut a three foot length of hemp cord. Fold it in half. Make a knot at the folded end. Knot again once or twice.

Thread the hemp through the flower petals. The knot should be in the center of the flower.

Tie and knot the hemp at the back of the flower.

Pull the hemp straight. Knot the end.

Cut a medium piece from the fifth plate. Sandwich the hemp between the back of the flower and the medium place of plate. Glue in place.

Paper plate flower tutorial!

Start rolling up the pencil-curled fringe. Make sure the fringe is pointing outward.

Leave it slightly loose in the center so that it will fit over the hemp knot. Glue at regular intervals until you reach the end of the first fringe. Glue the end to the second fringe. Keep rolling. Glue third (marker-rolled) fringe.

Paper plate flower tutorial!

Place hot glue all over blue areas. Press and hold together until the glue cools.

Decide how to layer the petals. I offset my petals (third picture below) so that it would look like a full-blown tea rose.

Add drops of glue between the petal layers to help keep the petals in place.

Paper plate flower tutorial!

Paper plate flower tutorial!

I used a fan brush and watercolors to give them a pretty tinted hue.







14 comments

  1. I love this idea. I would never have thought paper plates could be so pretty. These flowers would make the most amazing bridal shower backdrop on a wall behind the desserts.

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  2. Really pretty - I never would have thought to use paper plates to make flowers!

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    1. Thanks Ann! Paper plates are the perfect crafting supply - so cheap and versatile!

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  3. I love the texture that the wavy edge of the paper plate adds! Beautiful. Love the idea, and I'd love to have you link this project to our Party Time link party! http://tikkido.com/blog/link-party-37

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    1. Thank you Nicole! I will add your link party to my list!

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  4. Great and very reasonable to make for any occasion. Great. Thank You

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  5. Thks for sharing

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  6. I definitely want to try this on my own.... then with my daughter... its a great idea..

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  7. The flower that is all pink, is that color brushed on after as well? Is it an option to paint the plates first before cutting or will that effect the design?

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    1. Yes, the color was brushed on the pink flower, too!

      You could try painting the plates first but they may warp slightly from the water in the watercolors. This will make it harder to fold, evenly cut and curl the petals. I would suggest painting after cutting/curling but before using a paper fastener or hemp to layer the petals together.

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  8. WOW!This is so cool and beautiful! I could have never imagined.Will definitely try it out.Thanks for sharing! ! Have a great Thursday.

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