Do you like our cheerful paper plate sunflower craft? It’s a project that will bring warmth and sunshine to your home or classroom.
This sunflower craft could be great for both Summer or Autumn — sunflowers bloom in both of those seasons. I was inspired by the lovely display of sunflowers in my Mum’s garden (which lasted about two days before the cockatoos came and ate them all!).
* This craft was first published in 2021 and has been updated and reshared for today’s audience.
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Sunflowers have the be the happiest flower out there. Every time I see one it makes me smile, maybe because they’re so big, bold, and bright.
It’s a ‘go big or go home’ kind of flower, not afraid to put itself out there and I admire that.
I decided to recreate a sunflower from paper plates. They’re not quite as beautiful as nature’s version, but at least they’re a lot less tempting for the cockatoos, haha.
How to make a paper plate sunflower craft
You will need:
- Dinner size paper plates x 2
- Side plate size paper plate x 1 (or you could replace this with a circle of black card stock if you prefer)
- Tissue paper in black
- Acrylic paint in warm yellow and black
- Craft glue
- Glue stick
Cut the centre circle out of the small paper plate and paint it black. Discard the outer circle.
Paint the large paper plates yellow. Allow to dry.
Once dry, fold each large paper plate in half, then in half again. Sketch on a petal shape and cut it out. When you unfold this it will look like a flower.
Repeat for the second large paper plate, but this time use the petal shape of the first one to trace around so that you get the two flowers matching.
Unfold to reveal two flower shapes. Glue them together.
Cut black tissue wrap into small squares, then crumple into little balls and glue onto the black circle to create a textured effect.
Glue this into place in the centre of your sunflower.
Cut a strip of green card stock for the stem then sketch and cut a leaf shape from the same green card stock. Glue these onto your sunflower.
Your beautiful sunflower craft is finished! You can hang it on the wall with some blu-tack.
What’s your favourite flower?
More flower craft ideas:
- Make a gorgeous bunch of egg carton flowers, we show you how to make 6 different kinds
- Make some sponge-stamped flower artworks — free shape template included
- These mixed media flower rocks are made using yarn scraps, mosaic tiles and buttons
- Use our template to make the prettiest felt flower hair clips
- We also have a printable flower card — this was designed as a mothers day card but it would make a great card for any occasion