How to Make Paper Poinsettia Flowers

    by Suzie Faloon

    About the Author

    Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.


    A poinsettia is the favored flower for the Christmas season. Paper poinsettias can be made to adorn wreaths, curtains, floral arrangements and Christmas trees. The actual blossoms on the poinsettia plant are the small yellow clusters in the center of the larger colored leaves.

    Things You'll Need

    • Red, white or pink paper
    • Scissors
    • Lightweight cardboard
    • Florist wire
    • Floral tape
    • Yellow miniature pom poms

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    Study a photo of a poinsettia. Notice the different layering.

    Draw and cut out a pattern in three sizes from recycled cardboard. The cardboard from a cereal box would work well. A poinsettia leaf will be a teardrop shape that comes to a very sharp point. Make the large size bract 5 1/2 inches long and 3 inches wide. The mid-size one can be 4 inches long and 2 and 1/4 inches across at the widest point. Cut out the smallest at 2 1/2 inches long and 3/4 inch wide.

    Trace the pattern onto the craft paper. Construction or scrapbook paper will work the best. Trace 2 medium size green leaves for each poinsettia blossom.

    Cut out the poinsettia bracts from the colored paper. Cut out at least 6 of each size.

    Place a bract on a computer mouse pad or similar material. Use embossing tool to emboss veins into the paper.

    Place wire on the back of the rounded end of a paper bract. Floral tape the wire firmly in place. Repeat with all bracts.

    Pierce a yellow pom pom with wire. Hot glue in place. Repeat with several more pom poms.

    Take a cluster of poms and floral tape them together.

    Place wired and taped small bracts and tape one at a time to the pom pom cluster.

    Continue adding bracts until the medium and large ones are part of the entire poinsettia piece. Bend the wires to shape the poinsettia flower.

    • It is important to study a photo of a real flower poinsettia when making one from paper.

    Photo Credits

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