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Learn how to make paper daffodils with this step by step tutorial.  Brighten up the house this Easter with these homemade daffodils. These paper flowers look gorgeous and will last much longer than the real ones.

These flowers will brighten the house all year round and they make a great gift for someone who suffers from hay fever. You can make them in any color you want and some of the steps are optional.

There is a template for you to download  to make things easier.

paper daffodils for you to make

Materials and Equipment

  • Template
  • Card/paper to print the template on
  • Crepe paper for the flower
  • Tissue paper in green for the stems
  • Garden wire for stem
  • Thinner wire about 1mm diameter for stamens and leaf
  • Double sided sticky tape (Mine is 2.5 cm (1") wide if yours in wider then you can adjust the amount needed accordingly.)
  • Masking tape (Mine is 2.5 cm (1") wide if yours in wider then you can adjust the amount needed accordingly.)
  • Paper clips
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers 

Mia's Top Tip

If you are short of time then you can skip some of the steps and still make great looking paper daffodils.

Leave out the steps for making the stamens, the sepals and the leaf. These steps are optional and your flowers will still look great.

Try making the corona in a different color to the petals for variety.

I've used orange crepe paper in the photo here. I used the same orange on the stamen and pistil but you can try other combinations to see what looks best.

crepe paper daffodils in a vase

Paper Daffodils Template

Download the template below by clicking on the thumbnail. All my templates are PDF files as they are easy to use and print.

You will need acrobat reader installed on your computer to view and print these templates. You can download it for free by clicking on the adobe reader button on the right.

Printing the Template

Most printers will allow you to print directly on to thin card. If you are using patterned card make sure that you print on the plain side. If your printer will only allow you to print on paper then there are a couple of different ways to transfer the template to card.

One way is to glue the paper template to the card you can use any type of glue suitable for paper. Spread the glue thinly across the card then lower the paper on top. Smooth out carefully removing any air bubbles. Make sure the glue is completely dry before cutting.

The other way will only work if you are printing a template that is easy to reproduce. Secure the paper to the card with tape, using a pencil and ruler if drawing straight lines, go over the lines on the template. Press hard enough to mark the card but not so hard you make holes in the paper.

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Cut out the shapes from the template for the leaf, petal and corona.

You will notice that the rectangle which is used for the corona or cup of the daffodil has a wavy pattern on one end.

Cut out the waves but don't cut down the dotted line.

You should have 3 template pieces as you can see in the photo.


Pistil and Stamens

Now cut a length of garden wire the length you want the stem plus another 10 cm (4"). I cut mine 40cm (16") which gives a good stem length.

If you want the stamens in your paper daffodil cut 2 lengths of the thinner wire 12cm (5") each. Don't bend you longer wire I just did that so I could get it all in the photo. 
If you don't want the stamens then move on to the next step.




Using the pliers bend the end of the long garden wire 6cm (2.5") from one end.

Use the pliers to bend it right over so it lies flat against the rest of the wire as in the photo.

This creates the pistil part of the flower.




This next step is for the stamens so skip it if you are not making them.

Take the two shorter pieces of wire and bend over the ends as in the photo.


Corona

Position the rectangle template onto a piece of crepe paper. You want the paper to stretch along the length so make sure you position it as in the photo.

Ignore the wavy part of the template for the moment and just cut out a regular rectangle shape.

I find paper clips help to hold the template in place and makes it easier to cut it out.  Be careful when positioning and removing the paper clips so they don't make a hole in your paper.


Fold your rectangle in half and in half twice more. It should now fit nicely under the part of the template with the dotted line and wavy top.

Carefully cut the top of your paper following the wavy edge and open it out.
Check to make sure the rectangle has a nice wavy edge all along the top.

As you can see from the photo I have used a paper clip to secure the template to the crepe paper again.


This next step is a bit tricky but gets easier with practice.

Cut a piece of masking tape to 8cm (3.5").

Now you can pleat the long but straight edge of the rectangle until it is the same size as the masking tape. 

Look at the next step to see what it should look like.





Once you have pleated the edge secure with the masking tape sticking down firmly.


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