Paper Flower Card – Free Template

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Craft a paper flower card using the free template! This is fabulous for Mother’s Day! If you prefer something more kid-friendly, try this mother’s day card craft instead. This post contains affiliate links.

Mother’s Day is coming up, and there’s nothing as touching as something personally hand-made. This 3-D card design would be a great addition to any gift, and it even makes for a beautiful presentation on its own. Of course, while Mother’s Day was the inspiration, you can also use this design any time a special card is called for.

I love how the paper shapes gently pop off the page in this design. The effect is subtle and flat enough to work on a card, but with just enough pop to look really impressive. It’s something that will make any loved one feel truly special to receive. Best of all, you probably already have all the materials you need to make it happen.

Want to give it a unique twist? Use different textured papers, embellish the flower centers with rhinestones or buttons – or do whatever it takes to add your own touch! It’s the kind of craft where you can truly experiment, there’s no “wrong” way to make it!

What you’ll need

  • Cardstock paper (for the card/base)
  • Colored paper (not too thick, as you’ll need to fold a few times)
  • Skin tone paper for the hands
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers (optional)
  • Template you can download and print at the end of this post

How to make a paper flower card

1. Print the template and cut out the hands, wrapping paper (the large pentagon), stems, and leaves. You can choose if you prefer to cut out single petals (process shown in the tutorial) which comes out with pretty creases for now. Or cut out the full flower.

This tutorial shows you how to use the petal – the flower should be self-explanatory.

Put aside the petals for now. Trace the other items onto the colored papers of your choice and cut them out.

2. Choose what color papers you will use for the flowers and cut out three small squares, around 4”. Choose one to start with, and fold it in half diagonally, forming a triangle.

3. Fold it in half again, making a smaller triangle.

4. Take the top flap and fold it back downward, in half – making the top triangle into a smaller triangle.

5. Do the same thing on the other side – folding the corresponding triangle back. Now you have what looks like an accordion-folded triangle, or a small triangle of back-and-forth folds.

6. Take the larger petal shape from the template. Place it onto the triangle so that one point is in the corner where all the folds come together (not the corner where the edges separate) and the sides of the petal overlap the sides of the triangle a little bit. Use a pencil to trace the outline of the petal shape.

7. Cut along the outline of the petal shape, cutting through all of the layers of triangles.

8. Open all the folds to reveal the full flower shape. If at this point you find that it hasn’t formed a flower shape, you might have lined up the template pattern with the wrong corner of the folded triangle. Go ahead and try again, it will be easier this time!

9. Repeat all the steps two more times using the smaller petal template to make two smaller flowers.

10. Use the tip of your pencil or the handle of a thin paintbrush to slightly roll the ends of the petals and give them that 3-D pop.

11. Take the bouquet wrapping paper you cut out in step 1 (that’s the largest shape from the template). Fold it according to the lines shown on the template – to make it easier, you can put the template on top of the colored paper and fold them together, then remove the template when you’re done. Then open the folds at least partly so you’ll be able to put the flowers inside.

12. Take the cardstock paper and fold it in half to form a bifold card. You can also create a flat card. Trim to the desired size if needed, or just leave it whole.

Glue it to the front of the card.

13. Glue the stems to the middle of the wrapping paper in the shape of a flower bouquet.

14. Fold in the two sides of the wrapping paper and glue them down.

15. Glue the largest flower onto the top of the middle stem.

16. Glue the two smaller flowers onto the remaining stems.

Glue little circles to the center of the flowers. You can cut or punch circles from colored paper, or use other craft supplies you may have, such as beads, sequins, or mini pom-poms.

17. Take the leaf shapes you cut out. Fold them in half and then unfold them to give them a little texture and pop. Glue them onto the middle stem below the flower.

Glue the hands onto each side of the bouquet as if they are holding it. 

Now it really looks ready to present to someone you love! All you need to do is write a sweet message inside! (tip: If you want to make sure the design doesn’t get messed up while you’re writing the message, you might want to write it on a separate piece of paper and glue that to the inside of the card when it’s ready.)

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