I adapted one of my watercolor flower templates into this water lily paper flower.
This paper flower is made with cardstock and so easy to assemble. As with most paper flowers, I don’t intend on this looking like an exact replica of a water lily.
I remember seeing them on vacation in Southeast Asia a long time ago. They are so vibrant in color and so perfectly formed, it almost looks fake.
I guess making them in the paper form isn’t that far off.
Although, if you want to be more accurate, the flower doesn’t sit on the lily pad, its comes up from the water in stems. Oh well.
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Materials for Water Lotus Paper Flower
Cardstock – I use medium weight paper for this which is about 65lbs. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- Recollections 65lb Cardstock from Michaels
- Favorite Assorted Pink/Blush 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Favorite Assorted Purple 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon
- Neenah Collections Assorted Set from Amazon
- Kraft Cardstock from Michaels
Template – I’ve included my water lily pattern in both printable and SVG formats for free in my resource library.
How to Assemble the Paper Lotus Flower
Step 1: Cut the petals out from the template
I like to use the light grip mat to make it easier for clean up. The standard grip works for this design as well.
Step 2: Curl the petals
I like using a scraper tool I got with some transfer tape. You can also just use a credit card if you don’t have a scraper.
Step 3: Stack and glue the layers
I like to go from the biggest 3 petal pair to the smallest 6 petal layer. I just add a dab of glue in the center.
Be sure to offset the petals.