We are going to make the prettiest doily paper flower craft with kids! Make a garden of pretty paper doily flowers painted with watercolors. This is an easy and fun art and craft project for kids this spring. This is one of our favorite paper doily crafts and it can be used at home or in the classroom.

paper doily flower painted with watercolors
Make the prettiest paper doily flowers that are perfect for spring.

How to make a doily paper flower

I recently made these pretty doily flowers with the kids at school. We are moving into a gardening unit and they love to use paint, so I thought this would be such a fun art and craft project for them to do. We are working on fine motor skills including cutting and tearing paper. Instead of using scissors for cutting, I had them tear the paper to make the stem and leaves.

Related: 25 Super Easy and Pretty Flower Crafts for Kids

We are going to use lace paper doilies, watercolor paint, and construction paper to make our pretty spring flowers. The kids can attach them to handmade cards, teachers can decorate the classroom door with them, or you can use them as a pretty spring decoration at home. Make them in a variety of colors to hang them as a garland across the mantel or in front of a window.

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Supplies needed to make doily paper flowers

Supplies needed for lace paper doilies, construction paper, and watercolor paints to make paper doily flowers
Gather lace paper doilies, construction paper, and watercolor paint to make our spring flowers.

*You can use a variety of construction paper colors as we did, or just use green for the stem and leaves.

Instructions for making doily paper flowers

Step 1

step 1 for making a paper doily flower is to paint the doily using watercolor paints
Paint your lace paper doilies using watercolors.

Use watercolor paints to bring your lace paper doilies to life. Set your painted doilies aside to dry before you move on to the next step. Kids will love experimenting with blending the colors together. What I love about this craft is that no two flowers will be alike.

Watercolor painting tip:  Don’t forget an art smock and a small tub of water.

Step 2

Step 2 for making a paper doily flower is to attach a stem and leaves cut out of construction paper
Add a stem and leaves to your flower using construction paper and glue.

Cut out a stem and leaves from construction paper and attach them to the flower using glue. Alternatively, you can do as I did with the kids and have them tear the paper to make the stem and leaves.

Our finished paper doily flowers

spring flowers made out of lace paper doilies and construction paper
The prettiest painted lace doily flowers for spring.

This turned out to be one of our favorite doily craft ideas. Kids of nearly any age can participate and the resulting DIY flower works great as art, card makers supplies or even for scrapbookers. Kids loved working with the paper lace (they had seen their grandma’s doilies as a doily table runner) – it is definitely much easier (and cheaper) than fabric doilies, but the same elaborate detailed patterns are present.

Variations for Paper Doily Craft

  • Use the finished paper doily flowers in home decor or table decor
  • Add multiple doily flowers together for a paper doily wreath for spring
  • Use heart-shaped paper doilies to make heart shaped flowers
  • Don’t have inexpensive paper doilies? Try using cupcake wrappers and punching out designs with a hole or pattern punch

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Paper Doily Flower Craft

paper doily flower painted with watercolors

Make these pretty lace paper doily flowers painted with watercolors for spring.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Lace paper doilies
  • Watercolor paints
  • Construction paper


  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick


  1. Paint the paper doilies using watercolors and set aside to dry.
  2. Cut a stem and leaves out of construction paper and glue them onto the doily.

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Have you made our lace doily flower craft with the kids? Did they make them to give as a gift or to decorate your house for spring?

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