Break out the cutting machine! Crafting a paper flower bouquet is a great way to express your love and appreciation to Mom on Mother's Day. And creating a pretty Mother’s Day paper flower arrangement is easy when you use your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine. Choose a few blooms from Especially Paper's collection of life-size blooms and follow the tutorials to craft the individual flowers. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you combine those flowers into a presentation-ready arrangement. 

Select a color scheme

Decide on a color scheme for your paper bouquet. One of the great things about paper flowers is being able to choose any color palette. You can choose to mirror the color of your Mom’s favorite real-life flowers or go with a palette not found in nature. Check out this Pinterest board of color palettes for inspiration.

Here are a few of my favorite color schemes for a Mother's Day Bouquet.

Paper Flower Color Schemes

The color of the paper available to you doesn't have to limit your choices. Color paper with your favorite medium to add dimension and create the colors you want. Small pieces of the templates are particularly good candidates to color by hand. My favorite options for coloring paper include PanPastels, alcohol markers, and alcohol ink. Here's a curated list of my Amazon favorites.

Decide how to present the flowers

There are many ways to display paper flowers. You could choose a vintage vase or mason jar arrangement, a wrapped paper or ribbon bouquet, or display flowers in a glass cloche, like these winter aconite. Making this decision up front will help you select the right flowers and quantity. 

If you choose a vase, keep in mind that vases with a narrow neck are easier to arrange. If you choose a vessel with a broad opening, add foam, a taped grid, or some other method to hold the flowers in place. Thrift stores and flea markets are a great source for small vases.

Create a focal point

Choose one or two flowers to be the focal point of your arrangement. These can be larger, more colorful blooms that will draw the eye. Craft an odd number of focal point flowers. Use the chart below to help determine the number of individual focal point flowers that you’ll need. Good options include spider mums, anemone, and peony or a combination. 

Add the secondary flowers

Surround the focal point blooms with smaller, complementary flowers. These can be different colors and textures to add interest and depth to the arrangement. Depending on the size of your arrangement, choose two to three different types of secondary flowers. As you add the flowers, use different heights to create a balanced and visually appealing arrangement. Sea holly is a popular addition to bouquets because it adds visual contrast.

Add filler flowers

Fill out the arrangement with a few stems of paper filler flowers. Options for fillers include branches of berries, tiny flowers with multiple blooms on a single stem, and bunches of small flowers, such as feverfew or chamomile. Baby’s breath, statice, wax flowers, and Queen Anne’s lace are often used as fillers in fresh flower bouquets.

Add greenery and foliage

Fill in any gaps with greenery and foliage. This will add texture and create a fuller look to your bouquet. Try eucalyptus, ferns, or dusty miller. Browse the collection of leaf svg files for options.

How Many Paper Flowers to Use for Small, Medium and Large Arrangements

Here's a quick guide to the number of stems you'll need for small to large paper flower arrangements. But this is just a guide — adjust the suggestions to fit your preferences and final selection of flowers. 

Focal Point Flowers

Secondary Flowers

Filler Flowers


Small Flower Arrangement

3 stems of 1 type of flower

5 stems of 1 type of flower 

3 stems of 1 type of flower

3 to 5 stems

Medium Flower Arrangement

3 to 5 stems of 1 or 2 types of flowers

5 to 7 stems of 1 or 2 types of flowers

5 to 7 stems of 1 type of flower

5 to 7 stems

Large Flower Arrangement

5 to 9 stems of 2 or 3 types of flowers

12 to 16 stems of 2 or 3 types of flowers

5 to 9 stems of 1 or 2 types of flowers

5 to 9 stems

Present your Mother's Day flower arrangement to your mom with a heartfelt note or a card (handmade, of course!) expressing your love and appreciation. Making a Mother's Day paper flower arrangement is a simple yet meaningful gesture to show your mom how much you care. With a few easy steps, you can create a beautiful paper bouquet that will brighten up her day and make her feel loved and appreciated.

April 25, 2023