How to Make Paper Hydrangea Flowers

Sarah Hamilton


Whether for the bedside table or a wedding bouquet, paper flowers are a fun alternative to the fresh-cut variety. They require no water or sun, never attract pesky bugs, and of course, never die. Hydrangeas are classic flowers, loved by many for their large clusters of many little flowers. This easy, do-it-yourself tutorial shows you how to make a paper hydrangea that is sure to last well past summer, even if you lack green thumbs.

Things You'll Need

You'll need two sheets of blue, white, pink or purple paper and one sheet of green paper, one floral wire, pearl head pins and a Styrofoam egg or sphere. You'll also need a pencil, eraser, scissors, a glue gun and a hot glue stick.

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The Hydrangea Petal

Draw a miniature flower with four petals using the photograph as a guide. The size of the flower may vary depending on the size of the Styrofoam, but approximately 1 inch is a good general size.

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Cut Out Multiple Petals

Cut out one petal and trace it multiple times. Place one or two sheets of paper behind the petal as you cut to make multiples at the same time. Cut out approximately 40-50 petals. Erase any pencil marks still showing.

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Curl the Petals

Roll each petal around the pencil to curl it inwards.

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The Hydrangea Stamen

Place a pearl head pin through the middle of each petal to create the stamen.

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Form the Hydrangea

Press the pins with petals into the Styrofoam egg, overlapping them as you cover all sides of the shape.

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The Stem

Fold the floral wire in half. Wrap one side of the floral wire around the other to create a stem.

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Attach the Stem

Push the floral wire into the Styrofoam between the petals.

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Hydrangea Leaves

Fold the green paper and draw half of a leaf using a photograph as a guide. A hydrangea leaf is a large teardrop shape with a jagged edge.

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Cut Out the Leaves

Cut out each leaf, snipping the jagged edges in one direction first, then the other. Cut out at least two leaves.

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Attach the Leaves

Place a small amount of glue at the bottom center of the leaf and attach it to the stem just below the flower.

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Finishing the Hydrangea

Add a small amount of glue to the second leaf and place it on top of the first leaf. Hold it together with your fingers until the glue sticks and let the glue dry. Now your hydrangea is ready for flower arrangements.

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About the Author

Sarah Hamilton is a professional artist and dressmaker in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and has since been working in all forms of the visual arts. She is happiest in her studio, painting, sewing, or crafting anything from nothing.

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