DIY paper bouquet of flower costumes

This oversized paper flower bouquet is one I’ve been wanting to create for years based off this illustration by Rene Grau, below. Isn’t she so great?! And this was the perfect opportunity to do so. We were inspired by their two fragrances, Hello Beautiful and Sweet Pea, so of course we needed sweet peas and other beautiful pretties in our paper flower bouquet. This costume takes a bit of prepping, but the best part is that you can reuse the flowers afterwards for home or party decor. Score! You could even buy cheap faux flowers instead of making them if you so desire. Rene Grau illustrationDIY paper bouquet of flower costumesDIY paper bouquet of flower costumesDIY paper bouquet of flower costumesmatpaper bouquet costume erials-bouquet-of-flowers-costume-bath-and-body-works

To make a paper poppy

  • crepe paper in whites, and bold colors for flowers
  • Green crepe paper or construction paper for leaves
  • glue gun
  • black paper
  • scissors
  • templates 


  1. Using the templates, cut out 3 large petals and 3 small petals, aligning the pattern parallel to the grain of the crepe paper
  2. Cup the petals by gently pulling outward starting from the center of the petal, this will round the shape
  3. Ruffle the edges by pulling the edges apart gently around the outer edge of the petal
  4. Gather the base of the petal together, creating a fan-like base
  5. Glue the three large petals together and then the three small petals in between the larger ones to create the poppy shape. You can also use floral wire to help secure.
  6. Cut a 6″ by 2″ piece of white crepe paper and cut slits into it, creating a fringe.
  7. Then cut a small black circle (we tried a few different sizes and chose the one that worked best) and glue the white fringe around the black circle.
  8. Cut small slits along the outer edge of the black circle to give it some fringe.
  9. Twist the white fringe and manipulate them to give it 3-D shape and movement.
  10. Cut small strips of black paper and glue to create a globe like shape for the very center of the poppy. Glue on top of the black and white center and then secure to center of the poppy.
  11. Using the leaf template, cut 2-3 leaves out of green paper and secure with the glue gun.

DIY paper poppy

To make a paper sweet pea

  • crepe paper in pinks, white, cream, and green for leaves
  • Glue gun
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Scissors
  • templates


  1. Using the template, cut out 4 petals, positioning the petal parallel to the grain of the crepe paper. This will make 1 sweet pea. We used 2-3 Sweet peas on each stem.
  2. Cup each petal by gently pulling the inner part of the petal outwards
  3. Ruffle the edge by gently pulling the outer edges of the petal apart
  4.  Gather the base of each petal
  5. Stager the 4 petals by overlapping them slightly and scrunch into place. Secure with a bit of hot glue
  6. Wrap floral wire around the base, Securing a 12″-15″ piece of thicker wire into the base
  7. Wrap with floral tape down the wire
  8. Pull and manipulate the petals to open them up and give them some shape
  9. To create the tendrils, wrap a piece of floral wire around a thicker cylindrical item (we used a thick paintbrush) to create small curly-Q shapes
  10. Using the leaf template, cut out a few leaves.
  11. Secure the leaves and the tendrils and the additional sweet peas with floral tape.

DIY paper sweet pea

Photography by Anna Killian  |  Crane make up by Natalie Krall  |  Art direction by Brittany Jepsen  |  Origami crafting by Mary Nielson  |  Crafting by Rebecca Young 

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