Reuse Your Wrapping Paper to Create this Paper Flower (Sunflower Style)

April 16, 2021

Reuse Your Wrapping Paper to Create this Paper Flower (Sunflower Style)
Searching for sustainable DIY gift wrapping inspiration? Reuse your Wrappily eco-friendly paper with double-sided patterns to create beautiful paper flowers! This collection of blooming paper flowers can be used and reused as a gift topper for all of your spring & summer gifts, like: mother's day, baby showers, and weddings! Create your own blooming paper flowers by following these easy step-by-step instructions.

Kirby-Jay Conyette is back in the Wrappily studio to bring these spring floral designs to life! Her larger-than-life floral backdrops and installations make a frequent appearance on our vision boards. Follow her instagram for more inspiring art @ikamcreate. Kirby-Jay has been working with Wrappily to develop a series of spring paper flower tutorials that provide super easy to follow instructions.  In all, there are two flower styles, plus an ensemble wreath project.

Catch the related posts here: Daisy Style Flower | Paper Flower Wreath

The Sunflower Style Paper Flower

By Kirby-Jay Conyette @ikamcreate
Supply List:
- Wrappily eco-friendly paper (We used Jana Lam's Pineapple Blush/Sea Flower)
- Solid-color heavy-weight paper (We used 65# Cardstock)
- Scissors
- Glue stick or hot glue
- Awl or toothpick
- Double-sided tape
Paper Flower Sunflower Style Template (3 stencils: Petal, Circle, Center)

Step-by-Step Paper Flower Instructions:

1. Create the Stencils

The trick to making these paper flowers uniform and picture perfect every time is creating stencils for your base shapes. Download and print this template. Trace the shapes on to heavy-weight card stock paper and cut out 3 stencils. 

Paper Flower Stencils
An Important Note About Sizing: This template, when printed on an 8.5 x 11" sheet, makes a flower topper that is approximately 6 inches in diameter. You can resize your templates and use these steps to make flowers of any size you like.

    2. Make the Paper Shapes

    We are going for big blooms! This may feel like a lot of petals and cutting, but HOT TIP: layer the paper to cut as many as 5-10 petals at a time. 

    With the Wrappily paper, cut and crease:

    • 32 petals
    Tracing and Cutting Paper Petals

    With the solid-color paper, cut:

    • 1 Circle
    • 8 pieces of Center and fringe the edges
    Fringe center of paper flower

    3. Assemble the Flower

    Use an awl or toothpick to coil and glue fringed Center. Fluff the fringe to shape the center (Kirby-Jay gives us a great fringe fluffing demonstration in the Daisy-Style video)

    coil center paper flower
    coil center with fringe paper flower
    Use the Circle as the base of the flower and attach 8 petals. Continue layering petals in rows of 8.
    paper flower petal base
    Lastly, glue the fringed and fluffed center in place.
    Paper Flower with center attached
    Use a small piece of double-sided tape to secure the topper to a gift or fasten to a ribbon so it can be used again and again. 
    Paper Flower gift topper


    There are so many great ways to use these beautiful paper flowers! Mix and match with the Daisy Style Paper Flower to create a wreath or bouquet! We want to see your Paper Flower Projects - share your #WrapHappy photos with us @wrappily

    paper flower bouquet styled photo
    (photo credit: Tia Wright - Four Little Hooligans Photography)

    MEET THE ARTIST: Kirby-Jay Conyette

    Kirby-Jay Conyette artist profile

    "I am Kirby-Jay, an industrial engineer-gone-rogue and the silk and paper florist behind @ikamCreate. I design colossal 3D floral installations for all occasions— weddings, baby showers, corporate events and more. This year I opened an Etsy shop, so that I can offer petite floral wall art and fun DIY paper crafting activity kits. Check out my latest creations and services!

    I started ikamCreate in California in 2015 as an illustration service, but have since transitioned to dreamy, larger-than-life handcrafted floral structures. I LOVE what I do because, through my work, I get to be part of your precious moments and fabulous celebrations! It also allows me to connect with some amazingly talented creatives who constantly inspire me."