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Paper Peonies




  • 20-pound recycled paper (20 sheets)
  • Blender
  • Silpat
  • Cookie sheet
  • Sponge
  • Rolling pin
  • Paper Peonies templateDownload the PDF
  • Acrylic paint (magenta and green)
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic varnish
  • Pearlizing medium
  • Plastic bag
  • Thin paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Cable wire
  • Floral tape


  1. Step 1

    Rip 20 sheets of 20-pound recycled paper into strips.

  2. Step 2

    Boil ripped paper in 5 quarts water; let cool.

  3. Step 3

    In a blender, pulse to reduce to a paper pulp.

  4. Step 4

    Place 3 cups pulp onto Silpat-lined cookie sheet; spread out.

  5. Step 5

    Use sponge to soak up excess water. Let dry for a couple of hours.

  6. Step 6

    Flatten with rolling pin. Let dry for one day.

  7. Step 7

    Download and print template.

  8. Step 8

    Cut 50 petals for each peony: 10 small, 20 medium, and 20 large.

  9. Step 9

    Cut 50 petals for each peony: 10 small, 20 medium, and 20 large.

  10. Step 10

    Make mixture of 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon magenta acrylic paint, 1/3 cup acrylic varnish, and 1 teaspoon pearlizing medium.

  11. Step 11

    Dip petals into paint mixture. Dry overnight on cookie sheets lined with a plastic bag.

  12. Step 12

    Curl and wrinkle petal edges.

  13. Step 13

    Make a pistil by cutting a 3/4-inch-by-8 1/2-inch strip of thin paper. Fold lengthwise. On the fold, make 1/4 inch cuts, approximately every 1/4 inch. Roll to resemble a paper decoration for a "lamb chop" end. Secure with glue gun.

  14. Step 14

    Make a 1/2-inch diameter wad of pulp with a point (shaped like an acorn); let dry.

  15. Step 15

    Take dried wad and glue (using glue gun) to uncut end of "lamb chop," pointy side down. Flare ends.

  16. Step 16

    Assemble a flower. Using a glue gun, glue five small petals overlapping, surrounding the wad. Glue another layer of small petals. Repeat process for medium, then large petals, working in layers, until you have a full peony.

  17. Step 17

    For stems, use the glue gun to glue the end of a length of thick electric cable wire to the base of the flower and wrap, then wrap in floral tape. Paint stems green with acrylic paint.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2007



Reviews (31)

  • Islander-Circe 23 May, 2012

    Finally found videos parts 2 and part 3 ... by searching the site! Of course, then neither of these extra videos would play. Talk about making it hard for users.

    It's all a bit useless. I've wasted enough time on this incompetently constructed site & I won't be back.

  • Islander-Circe 23 May, 2012

    Frustrating website - tried over several days to play video including using different browsers & settings, etc. Finally decided to join to make a comment & lo & behold the video finally plays - there is NO notice that you need to be signed in to watch videos. Then discover there is supposedly a part 2 - but where is it??? VERY BAD experience.

  • Erah 13 Feb, 2012

    Is this meant to be made for Valentines Day 2013??? This would take more than 24 hrs. to make!!!

  • Andrea401 13 Feb, 2012

    Peonies are light and rufflely and delicate. I think this medium makes them look more like pinkI artichokes.

  • esmimi 7 Feb, 2011

    Loved the top Lisa is wearing Anyone know where to find it

  • autiemom 13 Jul, 2010

    Is there a substitute could use for the Silpat? I can't afford to buy it right now. Thanks!

  • tonality 11 May, 2009

    I'd be interested in buying these. Too bad the website takes you to someone's graphic design portfolio site.

  • ManicCat 22 Apr, 2009

    these look pretty.

  • ManicCat 22 Apr, 2009

    these look pretty.

  • kitkat0708 15 Apr, 2009

    Video is not working when the vidoe pops up for a second then it goest back loading again needs fixing

  • virginiasanluis 15 Apr, 2009

    Michael's and hobby lobby

  • hmb505 14 Apr, 2009

    The website is not correct, if anyone knows where you can actually buy these instead of making them, let me know.

  • cwerzinsky 14 Apr, 2009

    They are very pretty but way too labor intensive.

  • Cheryllion 13 Apr, 2009

    I think these are gorgeous, but as soon as I glanced at the list of the ingredients I thought "yeah, right"

  • mammabenita 2 Mar, 2009

    try holding down the shift key as you click on the template link.

  • CraftyMaam 4 Feb, 2009

    I've clicked on the "template" link and when it opens there is nothing. I do have a program to open .pdf files. Any suggestions?

  • NWnative 4 Jan, 2009

    the templates link is on the article once you close the video

  • NWnative 4 Jan, 2009

    close the window, and you will get the link to the templates

  • NWnative 4 Jan, 2009

    When the video starts to load close it (right upper corner) and the link becomes available to the templates

  • NWnative 4 Jan, 2009

    To find the templates, just close the page (right upper corner) and then the link to the templates is available via the article (it took me a while to figure it out)

  • katb01 22 Nov, 2008

    Where are the templates and recipe?? templates for all your projects should be more easily accessible.

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    There is at least 3 parts of the video.

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    As of 9/6/08, the video is fixed. It is in 2 parts. Silpat is a french brand silicone non-stick rolling mat.

  • kfm42 20 Jun, 2008

    The video is still not playing correctly. What is a slipat?

  • rbayer 2 Jun, 2008

    I cant seem to access the video as its nt playing plays and stops plays and stops .....and i want to make the roses fr my daughters wedding
    thanks and regards

  • enovember 31 May, 2008

    Would you be kind enough to fix this so we can see the actual demonstration instead of the commercial playing over and over?

  • mmdevito 10 May, 2008

    The video is still mot opening. If it does not work , it should be fixed or removed.

  • thurmond318 23 Apr, 2008

    The commercials keep repeatly playing, which is dissapointing. My 12 year old daughter wanted to make these for her grandmother on Mother's Day. :( I looked at the other comments,

  • betdavisis 30 Dec, 2007

    I also had no response when I tried to watch the video.

  • jenniferv 16 Dec, 2007

    i do agree i tried opening it to and it did not respond

  • tasliyar 29 Nov, 2007

    Commercials keep playing over and over - the video never plays.