I made a free pattern for paper calla lily the other day because it was so easy and simple. I’ve included my own calla lily leaf template in this tutorial. It is ideally a paper foam flowers template although crepe paper works just as well.
They are so structurally consistent even the real ones look fake.
These were some real black calla lilies I had in our bathroom for a while. They are a little wilted here but at first, my husband thought they were fake and asked why I would water fake plants.
Although it’s not the most frequently used material for flower making, I found it is best made with foam paper.
Calla lilies come in many different colors but in this tutorial, I will focus and the most basic white calla lily. The method used of course can be used for any varietal.
Let’s gather our materials to make our Calla Lilies:
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- Foam paper – preferably less than 1mm thick but that’s hard to find so I usually just use what I can get from Amazon. Here is a variety pack from Amazon, I use the rest of the colors for crafts with my kids.
- Chalk or Oil pastels – I happen to have these around so I used them.
- Q-tips or tissues – Something to blend the color.
- Glue gun (with glue)
- Pipe cleaners – This will poke through as part of the stamen. Here are some white ones so they can be colored.
- Floral tape – to cover the stem. Here’s a variety pack.
Step 1: Making the petal from a template
It doesn’t get easier than this when it comes to making petals. There is only one petal for this flower.
I’ve included my template in multiple formats SVG|PNG|PDF.
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Step 2: Color in the base
Some people like to get all crazy with the colors but I’m a bit of a minimalist. The white ones in nature just have a hint of green in the back.
I usually just draw a could of streaks and then blend with a q-tip.
Step 3: Etch with the edge of a pen or nail
If you notice in the real flower, there are almost indentations in the growth pattern. It is simple to emulate.
Step 4: Stress the edge
The edge of this flower fans out a bit so you just have to press and stretch with your fingers.
Step 5: Optional extra step
If you want to get extra fancy, you can wrap the tip of the pipe cleaner in colored tissue.
Step 6: Attach the petal
Wrap the petal around the end of the pipe cleaner exposing about half an inch of the pipe cleaner. Secure the petal with glue.
Step 7: Wrap the stem
Starting at the base of the flower, wrap the stem with floral tape.