Paper ProteaKing of the Flowers

We have made tons of classic and traditional flower designs out of metallic paper in the past, like roses, ranunculus and orchids. This is all well and good, but sometimes you just need to break outside the box! Our maker Meagan decided to switch things up by designing a gorgeous and unique king protea flower (the largest species of proteas). Proteas, also called sugarbushes, grow all across the southern hemisphere, and they have a captivatingly wild look to them. To bring this paper protea to life, Meagan used foam for the base and art marker detailing for the petals. Read on for the full tutorial! 


  • Scissors
  • Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters
  • Paintbrush
  • Foam Cutter



  1. Gather the tools and materials listed above.
  2. Cut the flower pieces according to the template at the bottom of the post. Use the PDF if you are cutting by hand or the SVG if you are using a cutting machine. 
  3. Using the foam cutter, shape one half of the foam ball into a cone. 
  4. Using Mod Podge, glue the tissue paper squares to the foam ball until it is completely covered.
  5. Starting at the top of the foam cone and working your way around the tip, glue the smallest cut petals and layer them as you move down, covering just the cone shape. We used tacky glue for this. 
  6. Color both sides of the petals, the tips dark pink, the middle pale pink and the bottom pale green. Then use the colorless blender to blend all the colors together. 
  7. Using the edge of the scissors, curl the sides of the petals inward. Then glue the tabs together.
  8. Glue the largest petals around the foam center, then take the next smallest sized petal and glue them just below the layer of large petals. Continue to glue one layer of each sized petals and then glue three layers of the small petals. 
  9. Using the edge of the scissors, score the centers of the leaves then curl them.
  10. Glue a 4″ piece of the 20 gauge wire to each leaf and then wrap it with floral tape. 
  11. Twist four pieces of the 16 gauge wire together.
  12. Wrap the twisted wire with floral tape. 
  13. Stab the wrapped wire into the base of the flower and glue it in place. 
  14. Glue two more layers of small petals on the base of the flower and down onto the stem. 
  15. Wrap floral tape around the base of the petals you just glued.
  16. Add leaves and secure them into place with floral tape. 

Find our paper protea photo tutorial below!

What Next?

Once you finish this beautiful paper protea, browse through all of our metallic paper flowers to find your next paper flower project. We love seeing your work, so please share your project photos with us if you are feeling proud!! Email them in, tag us on Instagram or use #liagriffith so we can admire your creations. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and visit our membership page to join our growing community of DIYers getting in touch with their creativity. We can’t wait to see what inspires you! ~ Lia & Team

DIY Protea Flower