Paper California PoppiesCalifornia Dreaming

We are on a mission to incorporate more bright colors into our projects now that the sun is starting to come out and say hello. Finally! One of the most classic happy spring flowers is the California poppy, so we’re showing you how to make a pretty bouquet of them with paper. Crafting paper California poppies is a great way to practice with making fringed centers for paper flowers, and the end result is a gorgeous burst of color that you can use to decorate your home or office.  


  • Scissors
  • Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters


  • Metallic Text Weight Paper (Flame, Black, Fairway)
  • Art Markers (red, green)
  • 18 Gauge Floral Wire
  • Floral Tape


  1. Gather the tools and materials listed above.
  2. Cut the template according to the pattern at the bottom of the post. 
  3. Color the leaves and petals with your brush markers.
  4. Using the edge of your scissors, score the centers of your leaves vertically and fold them in half.
  5. Curl the leaves, petals and and the centers of your flowers with the edge of your scissors. 
  6. Glue the smallest flower center inside of the larger one. 
  7. Glue all the petal tabs together in the center of each petal. 
  8. Glue two petals together across from each other at the center. Repeat with the remaining two petals. 
  9. Glue one set of petals on top of the other set to form your flower.
  10. Glue the black center inside the middle of your flower.
  11. Bend the top half inch of your floral wire. 
  12. Thread your floral wire through the calyx and glue it into lace on the bent end of your wire.
  13. Glue your calyx and stem to the base of your flower.
  14. Glue your leaves onto the stem at the base of your flower.
  15. Wrap the wire with floral tape starting at the base of your flower.

Follow the photo tutorial below for a visual guide to crafting your paper California poppies. 


Download the PDF version if you are cutting by hand, or the SVG if you are using a cutting machine. You can find specialty papers at your local craft store, but our favorite source is To capture the bright colors of California poppies, we used Flame paper with a Red Salmon Copic marker, and Fairway paper with a Pea Green Copic marker. 

Get Inspired

If you are new to making paper flowers and would rather try it out with a craft kit that includes pre-cut petals, find our paper poppy kit available in JoAnn Stores. Head over to our membership page to join our creative community, or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily glimpses of what we’re up to. We love admiring your project photos, so please share them using #DIYDreamingWithLia and you may even be featured. Cheers! ~ Lia & Team

How to Make a Paper Poppy