How to Make a Gorgeous DIY Paper Flower Backdrop for Under $20: Part 1, Basic Flowers

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Paper flower backdrops are elegant and stunning, and actually very easy and inexpensive to make.  If you want to make a paper flower backdrop for an upcoming event, this series of tutorials is exactly what you need.

Monochromatic white paper flower backdrop behind a three tiered pink table with a cake on the top layer and tea party sandwiches and cookies on the lower layers.

So you want to know how to make this gorgeous DIY paper flower backdrop from the Secret Garden baby shower? This tutorial will show you exactly how to make those giant paper flowers and put it all together to make a stunning photo backdrop.

It's easy! Inexpensive (under $20)! And a really stunning, large scale piece of decor, of course. 

The Secret Garden themed baby shower dessert table featuring a stunning giant white paper flower backdrop.

I'm going to break this down into several posts. Not because it's complicated, but because I made quite a few different types of paper flowers. It's too much to cram into one post.

Model in a white floral dress in front of a giant white paper flower floral photo backdrop.

I was inspired by Chanel's 2009 spring runway show, and the absolutely striking paper flower backdrop.  To make your very own, you only need a very few simple materials.

You'll need one roll of easel paper (like for kids to draw on).

Roll of easel paper

You'll also need scissors and a low temperature glue gun. (I ALWAYS use a low temp glue gun, because I ALWAYS glue myself!)

Now let's get started!  

How to Make A Basic Giant Paper Flower

This is a sort of generic any-flower. I wasn't trying to replicate anything in real life. I'm talking about the flower on the backdrop that looks like this:

Close up of a giant paper flower backdrop with text pointing out one type of flower

First cut three or so circles of paper in graduated sizes.

Plain white paper cut into three circles of graduated sizes, sitting on a counter.

Then cut them into petal shapes. Four petals, five petals, six petals, it doesn't really matter.

Plain white paper cut into graduated flower shapes, with the edges of the petals curled up slightly.

Simply use a dab of hot glue to nest the petals together. Curl the petals inward slightly, if desired.

Make a simple center by cutting a narrow strip of paper, cutting it into a fringe, and rolling it up.

Two pieces of white paper fringe, one lying flat on a table, the other rolled and standing with the flat edge on the table and the fringe pointing up.

Glue that in the middle of your flower, and you're done!

How to Make a Pom Paper Flower

You'll notice some similarities in technique here, but you end up with a dramatically different effect. I'm talking about the ones that look like this:

Closeup of paper flower backdrop with black text pointing to Pom style paper flowers.

First, cut two or three graduated circles of paper. Then cut the circles into a fringe. Cut almost, but not quite all the way to the center.

Collage showing graduated circles of paper cut into fringe around the perimeter.
Then, simply stack the fringed circles, starting with the largest on the bottom, and glue together with a hot glue gun. Finally, pinch the flower from the back. Just scrunch it. Don't worry about not doing it right--I promise it will work.

Collage showing assembly of fringe cut graduated paper circles into a pom style flower

Ta-da! Pom flower.

I want to make one very important comment about these flowers. Don't worry about perfection! Go back and look at my photos. Notice how wonky the circles are, how the petals are nowhere near symmetrical. It's ok! This is not about the perfection of a single flower, but rather about the power of a mass of them. Nobody will notice those imperfections, I swear, and that's the key to making this an easy project. If you obsess about getting everything just right, you'll drive yourself insane.

Paper Flower Backdrop:

Head to Part 2 and Part 3 to get the rest of the tutorial.

Navigational image leading reader to part two of the paper flower backdrop tutorial.

Navigational image leading reader to part three of the paper flower backdrop tutorial.

Or do you love this look, but just aren't a crafty person?  You can buy paper flower installations (like this one you can buy here).  

Or if this is going to be for a photo backdrop, you can buy a vinyl photo backdrop that just looks like a paper flower wall!  (buy it here)  So affordable, too!

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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