25 DIY Paper Flowers Tutorials That Are Even Better Than the Real Thing

Oct 3, 2017 at 4:00 a.m. ET
25 DIY Paper Flowers so Gorgeous You Won't Believe They Aren't Real
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Listen, we hate to sound like Debbie Downers, but getting live flowers is kind of a let down. Yes, they look absolutely gorgeous and smell like a dream — for about two days. After that, they begin their slow descent to a decaying, rotting death that will probably sit in a vase on our counter for about a week too long and start to smell like the inside of a old, sweaty running shoe. Not only that, the sight of a drooping flower with the petals falling off one-by-one into a sad pile reminds us of ET dying, which leads to an inevitable ugly cry — and nobody wants to see that.

Which is why paper flowers are so perfect.

You may think that it's impossible for paper flowers to look as pretty as the real thing, but you're wrong. We've rounded up all of our favorite paper flower tutorials, so you can make these beautiful babies all on your own.

Originally posted September 2016. Updated September 2017.

1 /25: Giant paper flower bouquet centerpiece

1/25 :Giant paper flower bouquet centerpiece

2 /25: Paper rose bouquet

2/25 :Paper rose bouquet

3 /25: Giant flower hats

3/25 :Giant flower hats

4 /25: Paper dahlia wreath

4/25 :Paper dahlia wreath

5 /25: Watercolor paper flowers

5/25 :Watercolor paper flowers

6 /25: Add a touch of sparkle

6/25 :Add a touch of sparkle

7 /25: Book page rosettes

7/25 :Book page rosettes

8 /25: Crepe-paper roses

8/25 :Crepe-paper roses

9 /25: Rolled paper flowers

9/25 :Rolled paper flowers

10 /25: Tissue-paper poms

10/25 :Tissue-paper poms

11 /25: Button poppies

11/25 :Button poppies

12 /25: Paper ranunculus

12/25 :Paper ranunculus

13 /25: Paper hyacinth

13/25 :Paper hyacinth

14 /25: Paper tulips

14/25 :Paper tulips

15 /25: Tissue daisies

15/25 :Tissue daisies

16 /25: Giant paper peony piñatas

16/25 :Giant paper peony piñatas

17 /25: Paper daisy chain

17/25 :Paper daisy chain

18 /25: Paper anemone

18/25 :Paper anemone

19 /25: Shaped crepe flowers

19/25 :Shaped crepe flowers

20 /25: Cherry blossom centerpiece

20/25 :Cherry blossom centerpiece

21 /25: Tree-sized blossoms

21/25 :Tree-sized blossoms

22 /25: Paper mums

22/25 :Paper mums

23 /25: Scalloped edge paper flowers

23/25 :Scalloped edge paper flowers

24 /25: Cupcake liner accordian folded flowers

24/25 :Cupcake liner accordian folded flowers

25 /25: Giant paper sunflower

25/25 :Giant paper sunflower