How to Make a Calla Lily (with free templates)

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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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DIY calla lily

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.

DIY calla lily

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.

DIY calla lily

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.

DIY calla lily

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One thought on “How to Make a Calla Lily (with free templates)”

  1. Jo says:

    These look like the easiest and most realistic flowers! I’m going to try them for my wedding table decor!

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