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How to Make a Paper Sunflower

Just because fall has arrived doesn’t mean that you can’t still celebrate flowers! There are plenty of different kinds of flowers that reach their peek bloom this time of year, and sunflowers are among my very favourites. My kids are totally enamoured with their bright colour too, which is why we decided to help them make a cute paper version last weekend. The project was such a hit that we decided to make them again, this time documenting all our steps so you can follow along at home too!

How to make a paper sunflower

Here are some helpful photos with instructions to help you along the way. If you’d prefer to follow a video, there’s a full video tutorial at the end of this post as well!

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Construction paper (brown, green, yellow, and blue)
  • A protractor
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick
  • A pencil
  • A black marker

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

How to make a paper sunflower materials

Step 2:

Facing your yellow paper on the table in a portrait direction, fold it in half by bringing your bottom edge up to meet your top edge and creasing it. Then fold your paper in half again to get a layered piece that is a quarter the length it was before.

How to make a paper sunflower cutting

Step 3:

Draw the outline of a petal shape all the way across your new yellow shape, as many as will fit in the size you want. I started with a line at the bottom about an inch wide and curved another line up from each end to meet at a point near the top. Make sure you leave a bit of space between each shape so you can cut them out nice and neatly! This folded method lest you cut out many shapes at once in the same size, rather than having to draw and cut them all individually.

How to make a paper sunflower draw

Step 4:

Cut out the outline of each shape and separate them so you have many yellow petals.

How to make a paper sunflower cutting process