How to Make Paper Hydrangeas

Creating your own paper hydrangeas is a fun, simple craft that results in beautiful, eye-catching flowers to decorate any room or event. Whether you’re looking for decoration for yourself or a special occasion like an anniversary or wedding celebration, homemade paper hydrangeas are the perfect way to make something handmade with love and personality. 

How to Make Paper Hydrangeas

In this blog post, you will learn how to create these unique blooms using materials easily found around the home. From choosing the right supplies and tools to assembling each petal perfectly, read on to find everything you need to know about how to make paper hydrangeas!

What Does Coffee Do to Hydrangeas?

Coffee can affect hydrangeas in a variety of ways. Generally, it is not recommended to use coffee when making paper hydrangeas. Coffee contains caffeine, which can cause the petals to brown and dry out faster than usual. Additionally, coffee can stain the paper and make it difficult to achieve vibrant colors for your flowers.

If you do choose to use coffee, be sure to dilute it with water in order to reduce its strength and prevent the damaging effects it can have on your paper hydrangeas. You may also want to consider using milder coffee or tea instead of regular brewed coffee. It can provide the same color without being as strong and potentially damaging.

It is important to remember that any liquid used on paper hydrangeas needs to be diluted. Too much liquid can make the paper too wet and cause it to tear or warp. It is best to use a small amount of diluted coffee, tea, or other liquids in order to achieve desired results when making your own paper hydrangeas. This will help keep your flowers looking vibrant and beautiful!

Things You’ll Need

  • Paper (preferably thin and lightweight)
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A glue stick or double-sided tape
  • A toothpick or other sharp object (optional)

10 Methods on How to Make Paper Hydrangeas

1. Cut Out the Petals

Start by cutting out the petals for your paper hydrangeas. You will need six petals for each flower. To make the petals, fold a piece of paper in half and then cut out a teardrop shape. Unfold the paper to reveal your petal shape. Repeat this process until you have six petals. If you’d like to make your flower in different colors, use multiple pieces of paper for the petals. Make sure all the petals are roughly the same size.

Use Multiple Pieces of Paper for the Petals

2. Curl the Petals

Once you have your petals cut out, you can start curling them to create a realistic flower shape. Take one of the petals and roll it around a pencil or pen until it forms a nice curve.

Use a toothpick or other sharp object to press down on areas that are not fully curved yet. Repeat this process with all six petals until they are nicely curled. If you want, you can also curl the tips of the petals to give them a more realistic look. Make sure to take your time with this step, as it will make all the difference in how your finished hydrangea looks.

3. Assemble the Flower

Now that your petals are all shaped, you can start assembling the flower by stacking them together in order of size (biggest at the bottom).

Use a glue stick or double-sided tape to secure each layer in place. When the flower is completely assembled, it’s time to give it a stem. Use green floral wire and wrap it around the base of the flower, and twist it together to secure it. However, you can also use a pipe cleaner or green twine for a more natural look.

4. Create Separate Layers

To give your paper hydrangeas a realistic and three-dimensional look, create separate layers for each petal. Take one of the petals and fold it in half, then roll it around on itself to form an S-shape. Secure the edges with glue or tape and repeat this process until you have six separate layers. 

Create Separate Layers for Each Petal

You can make each layer more or less curved, depending on the look you wish to achieve. Then take all of the layers and glue them together in the center, to form a full petal. Repeat this process with the remaining petals and glue them together until you have a complete hydrangea.

5. Place the Layers Together

Now that you have your layers created place them together in order of size (biggest at the bottom). Secure each layer in place with glue or tape. You can mix up the colors if desired to make a unique look. If you have chosen to add the stamen, then place it in the center as the last layer. When adding the stamen, make sure you have a good glue to attach it so that it will stay in place.

6. Attach Stems and Leaves

Using thin cardboard or cardstock, you can make stems to attach your flowers to whatever surface you would like. To add leaves, cut out a small circle and fold it in half. Then, use the same glue or tape to attach them to the stems.

Try to vary the height of your stems to give your hydrangea a more natural look. Make sure to press down firmly on the stems and leaves while they are drying to ensure a secure hold.

7. Add Color (Optional)

If desired, you can add color to your paper hydrangeas by using watered-down coffee, tea, or food coloring. Dip each petal into the liquid of your choice and let it dry before assembling your flower.

While this is a fun way to customize your creation, it’s important to note that the paper can absorb too much moisture and become soggy. Be sure to only lightly dip the paper into the liquid and let it dry completely before continuing. However, if you prefer, you can purchase pre-colored paper or use paint.

8. Attach Flowerheads To Stems

Once all of the pieces are ready, it is time to assemble the entire flowerhead onto its stem. Secure each layer to the stem with glue or double-sided tape until all six petals are attached. Make sure the edges line up and are flush against each other. Tie a piece of thread or florist wire around the base to secure it in place.

9. Add Glitter (Optional)

Add Glitter or Sequins to Your Paper

Finally, you can add glitter or sequins to your paper hydrangeas for a bit of sparkle and shine. You can use glue dots or any craft adhesive to attach the glitter or sequins to the petals. Not necessary, but it will certainly add some extra pizzazz. If you don’t have glitter, you can also use metallic or shiny paper to give your flower some extra dimension. Let the glue dry completely before moving on to the next step.

10. Enjoy Your Paper Hydrangeas!

Your paper hydrangeas are now ready to be enjoyed! Feel free to display them as is, or place them in an arrangement with other flowers. No matter what you choose, they will surely bring beauty and joy into your home. Be sure to show them off proudly and tell your friends and family how you made these delightful paper flowers. They won’t believe that they are not real! Happy crafting!

By following these simple steps, you have now successfully created paper hydrangeas! This can be a fun and creative activity for all ages. 

Things to Consider When Making Paper Hydrangeas

1. Choose the Right Type of Paper

Using higher quality, the thicker paper will help create sturdier petals and flowers. Tissue paper is too thin, and regular printer paper doesn’t hold its shape well when folded.

2. Cut the Petal Templates

Using your desired petal template, trace it onto your chosen paper and cut out the shapes. Make sure to cut several petals per flower – you can use around 8-10, depending on the size of your hydrangea bloom.

Using Your Desired Petal Template

3. Use Wire for Additional Support

You may find that wrapping wire around each individual petal will help them keep their shape better over time. This also works for the roses if you want added durability for longer-lasting flower decoration.

4. Glue Your Petals Together

Arrange all of your petals on a flat surface, and start gluing them together at the base. You may find that using a hot glue gun works best for this step.

5. Add Stems and Leaves

Use Glue Dots or felt, cut out the leaves and stems of your hydrangeas. Glue these to the bottom of each flower to give it a more natural look.

Making paper hydrangeas is an easy and cost-effective way to add lasting beauty to any room or event. With these tips in mind, you can create long-lasting flowers that will bring joy for years to come!

What Does Baking Soda Do to Hydrangeas?

Baking soda has several uses with hydrangeas. It can help adjust the pH of the soil and make it more alkaline, encouraging brighter blue blooms on blue or pink varieties of hydrangeas. It can also be used as an antifungal agent to prevent mildew growth. Finally, baking soda helps reduce wilting in cut hydrangea flowers by shrinking the cells that fill with water and cause drooping.

 To use baking soda for any of these purposes, sprinkle a tablespoon in each gallon of soil around your hydrangea plants at least once per month. For cut flowers, you’ll need to mix one teaspoon of baking soda into one quart of warm water before placing the hydrangeas in the vase. This will help keep the flowers looking fresh for several days.

Pink Varieties of Hydrangeas

Because baking soda is so versatile when it comes to hydrangeas, it’s a good idea to have some on hand. With just a few simple steps, you can help your hydrangea plants thrive and have beautiful blooms throughout the year. Plus, baking soda is an inexpensive way to keep your flowers looking fresh for longer. So grab some baking soda today and start making paper hydrangeas!


Paper hydrangeas are a great way to add a touch of elegance to any room or event. They are also surprisingly easy to make! With just a few supplies and some simple instructions, you can create your own paper hydrangeas in no time. 

All you need is some paper, scissors, and glue. Follow the steps in this blog post on how to make paper hydrangeas, and you’ll have your own paper hydrangeas in no time. Thanks for reading!

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