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How to Add a Stem to your Paper Flower

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Learn how to add a stem to your paper flower - no hot glue gun required!

This tutorial is for you if you're following my easy paper flower template instructions and you've decided that you'd like to add a stem to your flower (you can also use it flat-backed, with or without leaves, without the stem)...

Learn how to add a stem to your paper flowerAdd a stem to your paper flower so you can display it in a vase

If your making my easy papercraft flower, the template for the stem and leaves is included, but you will need a couple more supplies to create the stem...

I've got a full list of everything you'll need at the start of the main tutorial for making the paper flower - but, briefly, you'll also need florists wire and floral wrap/florists tape to make the actual stem.

We'll add this stem to your paper flowerWe'll add this attractive sepal piece to the back of the flower head, and add a stem - you can also add as many leaves as you want
Adding a stem means you can display your papercraft flowers in a vaseAdding a stem means you can easily display your paper flowers in a vase

How to Add Your Stem

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We're going to be using parts from this paper flower SVG template for Cricut and other cutting machines, so please make sure that you have that - and follow the instructions on this page to get what you'll need ready and make the main part of the flower.

The flower can be used with or without the stem, depending on your project, so this is an optional part of the instructions, for when you want to add the stem to the paper flower...

Easy paper flower template with stemEasy paper flower template with stem

You can put your main flower head to one side for the moment - what you'll need right now, are:

  • the florist wires - I've used two - if you want your stem to be sturdier, you can use more wires
  • the floral wrap (florists tape) - we'll wrap this around the wires to create the stem
  • the three pointed sepal shape
  • any leaves you want to add to the stem - I recommend the smaller ones from the template, but you choose the look you want (I'll be just using one here)
  • the circle that's the same colour as your flower's petals
  • sharp craft scissors for cutting the florists tape
  • you might also find glue handy (optional)
Everything you'll need for adding the stem to the paper flowerEverything you'll need to add the stem to your paper flower
  • Let's start with the three-pointed sepal shape - see the image below...
Sepal shape for the paper flowerSepal shape for the paper flower

Making the Sepals

  • We'll start by making some folds, across the top of each of the leafy parts of the sepal element. Make a fold straight across the top of each of the three pointed ends, like you can see me doing in the image below...
  • You can use the tips of your fingers to make a line to fold against, by pressing down the tips of your fingers along the fold line and then folding the leafy part up against your finger tips (no need to be super precise) - you can see this in the image below...
Make a fold across the top of the sepalMake your first fold like this
Folded part to make the sepalYour fold should look like this
  • Repeat this fold across the other two sides, until your piece now looks like this - see the image below...
Make all three folds in the sepal pieceMake three folds like this in this sepal piece
  • Next, we're going to make diagonal folds from the centre hole in the piece to each of the corners where you've folded - so imagine the cut from the centre hole is the first line, you'll repeat that towards the other three corners, but as folds (don't cut it!) - see me making these folds in the images below....
Make the first diagonal foldMake a diagonal fold
Make a second diagonal foldMake a second diagonal fold
Make the third foldMake the third and final fold like this
Your piece should end up looking like thisYour folds in this piece should end up looking something like this
  • Your sepal piece should end up looking something like mine in the image above. What we're going to do next is to fold the side without a leafy part in under the one next to it - forming a three-sided shape - see the image below...
We're going to make this fold nextWe're going to fold this small flap under like this to make a three-sided shape
  • Once you've identified how the piece is going to fold, add some glue onto the little flap that we'll tuck under - see the image below...
Glue the small flapAdd some glue to this small triangular flap
  • Then stick the pieces together and hold them in place for a minute or two until they're well stuck - see the image below...
Stick together and hold in placeStick it together and hold in place
  • Your sepal piece should now be looking something like mine in the image below...
Glued sepal piece for the paper flowerYour sepal piece is now finished - and is hopefully looking something a bit like this

Adding a Wire Stem

  • Next, take your wires, however many you want to use - I recommend at least two wires, and make a little knot of bent over wires at the end (don't make the knot too large, you'll see why in a minute) - see mine in the image below...
Bend the ends of the florists wireBend the wires to make a knot-like shape at the end of the florists wires
  • Next, we'll thread the wires through the hole in the sepal shape (see the image below), so that the knotted end comes to rest in the little pocket we created. If your knot is coming over the top of this little pocket area, squish it down so it doesn't.
Thread the wires into the sepal shapeThread the wires into the sepal shape like this
  • Next, we're going to glue the circle onto the sepal shape, like you can see below - I'll show you how in the next step...
We're going to glue the circle like thisWe're going to glue the circle here - I'll show you how in the images below...
  • So add your glue to the sepal shapes, just the first half-inch or so like you see in the two images below - this is why we hold up the circle to the sepal shape first, so we can estimate the area we need to glue...
Add a little glue to the ends of the sepal shapeJust add your glue to the first part of each of the sepal leaves
Showing gluey areaI just added glue to the first parts of the sepal leaves, like this
  • Then glue your circle down like this (see the two images below) and hold in place for a minute for the glue to attach...
Glue your circleGlue your circle like this
Seen from behindSeen from behind

Wrapping the Stem

  • Next we're going to wrap the stem with the floral wrap (florists tape) before we attach the stem to the flower - it's much easier to wrap the stem like this without the heavy flower head.
  • So cut a length of your floral wrap - don't go too long to start with, else it becomes a little tangly and difficult to manage, so just a shortish length is great to start with, that you feel you can manage with comfortably...
Cut a length of floral wrapCut a length of floral wrap for the stem - cut enough, but don't make it too long else it will tangle more easily
  • Start wrapping around the stem at the top of the wires - wrap around lots of times at the top as this will help the transition between the flower head and the stem. You can add a dab of glue to the end to start you off if you prefer, but this isn't essential - hold the wrap taut and press the layers down as you go and you should find the waxy surfaces stick together - see the 2 images below...
Wrap the tape around the top of the wiresWrap the tape around the top of the stem lots of times to get started...
Wrap several times at the topWrap multiple times around the top of the stem before moving down the stem
  • Then, keep on wrapping down the stem - hold the tape taut and turn the flower stem, while pressing down as you go - see the image below...
Keep wrapping down the stemKeep on wrapping down the stem, holding the tape taut and pressing down as you go

Adding a Leaf

  • When you're ready to add a leaf, just add it into the wrap, like you can see in the image below - add it at the point you want, then start to wrap it into the stem...
Add a leaf into your paper flower stemStart wrapping the leaf into the stem at any point you want
  • Wrap up and down around the leaf stalk until it's held securely in the wrap - see the image below. You can also see in the 2 photos below how I've chosen to make my stem a little shorter, by simply bending the ends of the wire up, ready to wrap into the stem...
  • We're still going to need to add a little more wrap to secure the leaf in place...
Wrap securely around your leafWrap securely around the leaf stem to secure your leaf
  • You may have also noticed that my tape has come to an end - I wanted to show you that you can just carry on wrapping until the tape runs out, then start with a fresh piece, allowing yourself a bit of an overlap, so start on the existing tape, maybe go down a bit, then go back up to secure the leaf, then continue back down - this should keep the wrap securely attached to the wire stem - see the 2 images below...
Joining two separate tapes on the stemWhen the floral wrap tape runs out you can just start with a new piece...
Overlap the two tapes to keep the wrap secureOverlap the two tapes to keep the wrapping secure
  • Now, keep wrapping down the stem - you can see in the image below how I've left a little loop of wires at the bottom - I find the wrapping easier this way. Once you reach the bottom, go back up a little way to secure the end - press hard to stick the wrap down onto the lower layer - you can use a dab of glue on the end if you need to.
Keep wrapping the stem and secure the end when you finishWrap down the stem - when you readh the bottom, wrap back up for a little way, pressing hard to secure the end - you can add a dab of glue if you need to
  • You've now finished your stem - it should look something like mine in the images above and below...
Paper flower stemPaper flower stem with leaf
  • You can see that I've just curved the leaf a little bit, just using my fingers to shape it, so that it looks more leaflike...
Ready to attach the flower headYour stem is now ready to attach the flower head

Attaching the Flower Head

  • There's just one thing left to do now, and that's to attach the flower head to your stem - it's easy - just add some glue to the circle, making sure that you've got glue right up to the edges of the circle (don't get it on the green leafy sepals if you can help it) - see the 2 images below... 
Add glue to the pink circleAdd plenty of glue to the circle, going right up to the edges
Add plenty of glueAdd plenty of glue, right up to the edges
  • Then glue the flower head on - you'll need to press down in the centre of the flower to secure the glue while also holding from behind at the same time - see the image below. This might squash the flower centres a little bit - but you can use your fingers to lift the little stalks back up again when you've finished.
Press your paper flower head to glue it onto the stemGlue the flower head down onto the stem
  • And congratulations! You're done! The paper flower is finished!
Paper flower with stemBeautiful paper flower with stem
Paper flower showing stem attachedShowing the back of the flower with the stem attached
Pink paper flower with stem and leafPapercraft flower with stem and leaf

You can now add your paper flower to a vase and make more to go with it!

Paper flower template for vasePaper flower template for a vase
Papercraft flowers in a vasePapercraft flowers in a glass vase
Easy paper flower wth stemPaper flower template with stem
easy paper flower 32

Where to Get the Template

If you enjoyed looking at this tutorial for how to add a stem to your paper flower, you might like to get the template and make it for yourself. You can get the template from my store with instant download, worldwide - see the link right below...

easy paper flower template with stem and leavesPaper flower template with stem and leaves

Get the paper flower template with stem and leaves from my store here

(can also be used flat-backed, without the stem)

SVG, DXF, EPS and PNG file formats

For personal use and small-business commercial use (up to 200 products)

For physical (craft) products only - no digital products, use, or sharing

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If you like making paper flowers, you might also enjoy making these paper daffodils...

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