Family Ties | Paper Daffodil Wreath

by , posted on March 25th, 2014 in Arts & Crafts, Family Ties




paper daffodil wreath

Happy Spring! I don’t know what’s been going on around your house lately, but around these parts, we are itching for warmth and sunshine, and we’ve self-diagnosed a bad case of spring fever. With snow still on the ground and temperatures continuing to dip below freezing, we’ve had to create our own ways of welcoming the new season.

And few things say welcome spring then the loveliness of glorious bulbs! And though our real versions of these beauties have yet to break through the ground, we decided we could pretend with some paper flowers to add color.

My children and I made these easy paper daffodils from some white and yellow paper, cotton swabs, and yellow food coloring. Let me take you through these simple steps so you can fool yourself into the joy of spring, too.

supplies for making paper daffodils

Mix a small glass of water with some yellow food coloring. Grab your cotton swabs, trim off one swabbed end, and dip and dunk them into the yellow dye. This step is not necessary (you can paint or color these with a permanent marker), but we are in full-on Easter mode so coloring with these dyes felt just right.

make paper daffodils with the kids

Let those dry on a paper towel while you craft the petals. The process for these is super similar to that of folding a paper snowflake. You want to create from a square piece of paper so fold over a right triangle and trim the excess to form.

hold to fold paper daffodils

Fold that large triangle in half. And then fold it in half again. Your triangle should look something like the one on the right below. Hold it with the end that is connected to the main fold.

Next cut out your petal shape, making sure to only cut along the two open sides. You can follow the ‘cut line’ in the bottom right image, but creativity is highly encouraged. Some of our daffodils had pointed petals and some very round ones.

Unfold your flower! Next up, create a smaller circle with the yellow paper and shape it into a cone. Secure with glue or tape.

Using a sharp pencil or the colored cotton swabs, poke a small hole in the center of your flower. Push the cone tip through the hole and insert the yellow swab into the center of the yellow cone. Secure the flower parts with tape around the stick of the cotton swab.

tutorial for making paper daffodils

My team got really into this process, and quickly after each child had completed a daffodil on their own, they naturally formed an assembly line to make more. L, my youngest, wanted the fun job of dipping the cotton swabs so he mass produced those!! C really enjoyed cutting out the flower petals and getting to unveil the finished flower. M wanted the challenge of twisting the yellow paper into cones and assembling the final product. They spent about 90 minutes making and making flowers.

paper daffodil

We decided that with all these “fresh” flowers we needed to make something bigger. With the help of a simple styrofoam wreath, we pushed the pointy end of the flower into the circle shape. With the handiwork of their time, we were able to cover half of the wreath, and I spent another hour making the bulk of the second half.

Use these as single stems, chain them together for a banner of daffodils, or poke them into a wreath for a bright spring greeting to your neighbors.

how to make a paper daffodil wreath by MJ of Pars Caeli


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32 Responses to “Family Ties | Paper Daffodil Wreath”

  1. MJ Says:

    March 25th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    It’s such a delight to be on Classic Play! I couldn’t believe how “addicting” these were for my kids. I think the nice final result made them want to see more and more. xo, MJ

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  2. Jennifer Cooper Says:

    March 25th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    This turned out so great MJ!! I also love that you included how long everything took. So helpful. Thank you!

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  3. Kim @ Sand & Sisal Says:

    March 25th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I absolutely love this wreath and even better that you involved the kids in the process! Martha Stewart move over!! MJ’s in town! (ps- featured your beautiful project on my FB page today).

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    MJ Reply:

    Oh, geez, that’s a tough comparison. But I always love some good cheerleading so thank you for the support! xo

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  4. Kim @ Sand & Sisal Says:

    March 25th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    PS: You are I’ve scheduled a pin from this post to go live on Better Homes & Gardens Pinterest board tonight! ;)
    All my best,
    KIM

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    MJ Reply:

    Thank you, thank you, Kim! I’m really humbled by how this has been received! xo, MJ

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  5. Phyllis at All Things Beautiful Says:

    March 25th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    That is a beautiful wreath.

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    MJ Reply:

    Thanks so much, Phyllis! It was a lot of fun to create together!

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  6. Claire Says:

    March 26th, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Wow, this is gorgeous and looked like it would be way more complicated than it actually is. Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to give it a try. X

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    MJ Reply:

    Would love to see how yours turns out, Claire! xo, MJ

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  7. Jane@Buzzmills Says:

    March 26th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    That wreath is beautiful!!! So bright and cheery!

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    MJ Reply:

    Thanks, Jane! It is a definite pick-me-up with our daily deluge of snow! xo, MJ

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  8. Debbie Says:

    March 26th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Beautiful wreath! About how many daffodils did you have to make for the wreath? It just snowed again yesterday so, this would be a perfect Spring pick-me-up for my daughter. Thanks!

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    MJ Reply:

    It snowed here again, too! Thanks for asking how many. I didn’t count until now. We have about 50 flowers on ours. If you’re not ready to make that kind of time commitment, these would make a cute garland or a small ball that you could hang full of flowers (similar to a kissing ball). Thanks so much for your interest, Debbie. xo, MJ

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  9. kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS Says:

    March 27th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Looks awesome! Just pinned!

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    MJ Reply:

    Thanks, lady! Your girls would be able to make some awesomeness! xo, MJ

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  10. Peaches Says:

    March 28th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    This is nothing less than magnificent. Wow!

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    MJ Reply:

    The crisp white of the paper makes all the magic happen. Especially in the midst of our gray winter! Thanks so much, xo, MJ

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  12. MJ Says:

    March 31st, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Yes! We put ours out a little early. Maybe we’re just too excited for Easter. :) xo, MJ

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  13. Ann Martin Says:

    April 1st, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    This is so pretty, M.J. – thanks for sharing your how-to!

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  15. Penny Says:

    April 8th, 2014 at 7:45 am

    This is wonderful. I’m planning on making one this week. As I was reading it I was thinking this would be wonderful done in reds ( pointsettia ) for Christmas. Thank you for showing a great tutorial and the idea.
    Penny

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    MJ Reply:

    That would be gorgeous! I hope you’ll share so that we can see the fabulous results. xoxo, MJ

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  16. MJ Says:

    April 9th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    That is a wonderful idea, Penny! I would love to see this same idea of a simple paper flower mass produced for a wreath during the Christmas holidays! Thanks for sharing. xo, MJ

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  17. Amanda Says:

    April 10th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Since Facebook is notorious for not letting page owners know when I tag them, I thought I would stop by myself and let you know I featured this post and my readers loved it! https://www.facebook.com/CraftsbyAmanda/photos/pb.323548680216.-2207520000.1397173018./10154023986685217/?type=3&theater

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  19. Donna Says:

    May 5th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Hello,
    Can you tell me what size squares you used both for yellow and white paper? Also, the wreath size?
    Thanks

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    MJ Reply:

    Hi Donna, The white paper squares were 3-4 inches (to be honest, they varied slightly from one another), and the yellow paper was closer to 2 inches. The wreath is a standard 12 inch styrofoam. Let me know if you have any more questions!
    Thanks, MJ

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  21. Amanda Says:

    May 26th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Hi M.J. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this post on my Facebook page during April and people loved it. It made it into the top 20 for the month, of which I always do a round up. So today I’ve featured you on my blog as well (link below). Thanks for such an awesome post! http://craftsbyamanda.com/2014/05/great-craft-ideas-may-2014.html

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  22. MJ Says:

    May 28th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Amanda! You’re the best. Thank you so much for sharing and letting me know. I’m planning a summer (simple) wreath that I think you’ll like as well. Stay tuned to parscaeli.com! xoxo, MJ

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