These bright and beautiful tropical paper flowers are made from scrapbook paper and card stock. I was inspired by the gorgeous tropical flowers in warm weather climates. This is a fun project for kids, adults, and seniors too. My tropical paper flowers would make great table decorations for a summer party!

blue mason jar vase holding tropical paper flowers

My tropical paper plate fish were so popular, I knew that I needed to make an adult friendly tropical project too.

Why this project works

Imagine you’re hosting a Hawaiian luau party or a summertime barbecue for friends. Make a bunch of these colorful paper flowers and use them as centerpieces or hang them on a banner.

This is a great project for almost any age. We’ve seen photos of these flowers made in senior centers, children’s summer camps, and even during a girl’s night out!

young girl holding a bouquet of paper flowers

I live in Wisconsin, so aside from lilies in the summer, we don’t get to see a lot of tropical foliage. I remember a trip I made to San Diego one year and I was just so blown away at the beautiful flowers!

If someone asked me to use only one word to describe San Diego, that word would be “botanical”. Seemed like just about every house we passed had gorgeous, colorful flowers in their yard and in flower boxes. Stunning!

So whether you just enjoy paper crafting or you’re like me and can’t have the real thing, then here’s how you make these tropical paper flowers.

Craft supplies you will need

Get full list of supplies and directions in the printable version at the end of this post.

Helpful Project Information:

  • Age Level: 6 and up
  • Mess Factor: Low
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 20 minutes
  • Cost Estimate: Less than $3.00

How to Make Tropical Paper Flowers

These step by step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to simply print out the instructions!

  1. Print out pattern. Trace the larger template onto card stock and the smaller template onto scrapbook paper.
  2. Use the smaller template to cut out scrapbook paper pieces.
girl tracing template onto scrapbook paper
adult woman tracing template onto scrapbook paper
girl and woman cutting scrapbook paper
  1. Use a glue stick to attach the small scrapbook paper flower to the larger card stock flower.
girl holding paper flower template with glue on it
girl pressing paper template to card stock
  1. Roll the flower up tight, spread the top out as if you were forming a cone shape.
  2. Seal cone shape with a glue dot.
young girl and adult woman rolling paper flowers
hands holding rolled paper flowers

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  1. Thread a pony bead onto one of the short yellow pipe cleaners.
  2. Bend at the top to close it around the bead.
cutting a pipe cleaner
two hands holding pipe cleaner with pony bead on the end
  1. Repeat this for a total of three.
  2. Wrap the ends together with the end of a green pipe cleaner to attach them all together. Poke the end of the green pipe cleaner down into the center of the flower. Hot glue in place.
paper flower supplies on a table
woman putting pipe cleaner into paper flower
  1. Wrap each flower petal around a paintbrush or a pen to curl them.
young girl rolling paper around pencil
adult woman curling paper

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • Use whatever colors you like. Brightly colored card stock works best with a patterned scrapbook paper.
  • This project is great for all ages, but a grown-up might need to help kids with the glue gun.

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mason jar vase of paper flowers

More flower crafts

If you like this, you may also like some of my other flower crafts! I’ve hand-picked several for you below.

These paper flowers are a great craft project for adults, seniors, and kids. They are pretty and fun and easy to make. They also are the perfect homemade gift for Mother’s Day and Grandparent’s Day!

little girl holding bouquet of paper flowers

Print Project

Tropical Paper Flowers

These bright and beautiful tropical paper flowers are made from scrapbook paper and card stock. I was inspired by the gorgeous tropical flowers in warm weather climates.

Prep Time10 mins

Crafting Time10 mins

Total Time20 mins

Age Group: Adult Crafts, Kids Crafts

Project Type: Crafts

Supplies

  • Card stock in bright colors orange, red, bright green, turquoise, yellow
  • Scrapbook paper in colors that compliment card stock colors
  • Flower pattern
  • 5 green pipe cleaners 1 per flower
  • 15 pony beads 3 per flower
  • 5 yellow pipe cleaners (1 per flower) cut into thirds
  • Glue stick
  • Glue dots

Craft tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Color printer

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • Use whatever colors you like. Brightly colored card stock works best with a patterned scrapbook paper. 
  • This project is great for all ages, but I grown up might need to help kids with the glue gun. 

Our original photo from 2014

This post originally appeared here on June 21, 2014 but has since been updated with new photos.

Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook, make kid’s crafts and create decorative items for her home. She is a crafting expert and guru in the kitchen and has appeared online and in print publications many times over the years. She is also the editor for the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip and owner of FunFamilyCrafts.com. Latest posts by Amanda Formaro (see all)

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