D.I.Y. Paper Peonies

Hope you are all enjoying the Chinese New Year festivities with your loved ones! We really enjoyed making the paper peonies for our CNY greeting yesterday, so we thought we’d share with you the process. These paper flowers would be great not only as decor for the New Year’s but also for wedding tea ceremonies, especially because of the significance of this flower as we discussed in our post about wedding Kwas. Let’s get started now.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Colored paper for the petals and the stamen (for this project we picked red and peach), A4 cardstock with our Peony Template printed, scissors, glue, tape, a pencil, and hot glue (not pictured).



1. Cut out each petal and base shape from the printed template.

2. Fold the red paper into four equal sections crosswise.

3. Trace the petal template onto the paper and cut out all the layers accordingly.

4. Cut an extra slit about 2cm long at the bottom of the petals.

5. Dab some glue on to the base of each petal.

6. Stick the petal to the edge of the base with the slit overlapping.

7. Keep adding petals symmetrically until a layer is complete.

8. Keep adding layers until the base is completely filled, making sure the new petals alternate with the lower layer of petals.

9. Fold the peach coloured paper into four equal parts lengthwise, and cut into strips.

10. Take a strip and fold lengthwise.

11. Fringe, roll up, and secure the peach strip with some tape, then spread out the fringe outwards. 

12. Fix the stamen on to the centre of the flower with some hot glue.


Here are the peonies in different sizes:


Here’s an idea: Create a large flower without the stamen and use it as the base for teacups served during your tea ceremony! It would be the perfect extra detail — not only pretty but meaningful as well.

Photographer: Nikki Li

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