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Giant Paper Poppy Flower Decoration

Make these bright and beautiful decorations for any fun celebration!




  • Petal template
  • Heavy card stock
  • Scissors
  • Canson colored artist paper in a variety of colors
  • Pencil
  • Skewer
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Heavy-gauge wire for stem (optional)
  • Green paper


  1. Step 1

    Print template on heavy card stock and cut out. Trace and cut 7 petals from colored paper. Drag paper over edge of table to loosen fibers. Cut a slit as shown in template.

  2. Step 2

    Crinkle petal by alternating folding over a pencil and a skewer.

  3. Step 3

    Bend and overlap bases of two petals; hot glue in place. Repeat with a third petal.

  4. Step 4

    Use hot glue to attach remaining petals around the central petals, as for a flower; gently fold back top of outer petals.

  5. Step 5

    Cut a 6-inch circle from another color of paper and fringe with scissors all the way around. Cup circle in hand and curl edges into a cup-like shape. Glue into center of poppy.

  6. Step 6

    Cut a 4-inch circle from another color of paper and cut wedges from it to make 1/4-inch thick "spokes" around the center. Curl edges as you did for the other circle. Cut a 1-inch circle from the same color paper and glue "spokes" of first circle to it to secure in place. Glue this piece to the center of the fringed cup inside poppy.

  7. Step 7

    To make a stem, wrap a thick wire with green paper and secure with glue.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2009



Reviews (10)

  • KKmei 30 May, 2012

    I really love all the flowers and artwork that Eloise Corr Danch does!

  • PineconeB 15 Jan, 2012

    Would be more helpful to know the exact paper used as there are a variety of Canson papers available.

  • ursuletemail 11 Aug, 2011

    where is the useful video you had here? please have it back on the website, i need it!

  • Aloha_State 21 Mar, 2010

    These poppies are beautiful! What an inexpensive way to make these for a party or to decorate your home.

  • nika 17 Jul, 2009

    What a great idea! So many applications

  • MSLO_tiffany 29 May, 2009

    chizmicky, the template can be found under Tools and Materials above -- the link is called "petal template."

  • chizmicky 26 May, 2009

    Could anyone find the template?

  • NorbieK 22 May, 2009

    those poppy flowers were awesome - I'll be making a bunch for our annual picnic

  • DLeija 20 May, 2009

    Reply for previous comment:

  • Heidi2 20 May, 2009

    What was the name of the girl who created these for Macy's? Does she have a website?