Folded Paper Sunflower

Image and instructions by one little project


Orange printer paper

7/8″ dark brown or black button

4″ piece of green ribbon (1″ wide)

Green Drinking Straw

Glue Gun



Step 1: You only need half a sheet of paper. So start by folding the paper in half to make a long rectangle.

Step 2: Open the paper back up and cut along the fold so you have a piece of paper that is 4.25″ x 11″.

Step 3: Fold the paper back and forth accordion style in 1/2″ to 3/4″ folds until you reach the end of the paper.

Step 4: With the paper all folded up, use scissors to cut the end into a rounded shape.

Step 5: Repeat for the other side so that both ends of the paper are rounded.

Step 6: Fold the folded paper in half as shown in the photo below.

Step 7: Squeeze some hot glue along the inside edge where the paper was folded.

You can try using double sided tape or crafter’s tape if you prefer, but I find that they’ll hold the paper for about a day, and then they just pop open again, so if you want these for any length of time, you’ll want to use a glue gun to keep everything together.

Step 8: Line up the edges of the paper and pinch it closed over the hot glue and hold until the glue is set.

Step 9: When you open the flower up it should look something like the below image.

Step 10: Squeeze a line of hot glue on the remaining inside edge of the paper as shown in the photo below.

Step 11: Then carefully line up the two edges and pinch them together so that your folded paper is now pleated in a full circle.

Step 12: Attach the button to the middle of the folded paper circle using a glue gun.

Step 13: Cut a piece of pretty green ribbon about 4″ long. I got this ribbon from the dollar store years ago, so I couldn’t find the exact ribbon for you on Amazon. Mine was green sheer with white polka dots and was 1″ wide.

Tie the ribbon around the straw to make the flower’s leaves.

Step 14: Attach the drinking straw to the back of the flower using hot glue from the glue gun

Step 15: Turn it around and you’re done!