This cardboard flower craft is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and even older kids. We are using an empty toilet paper roll for the cardboard, but you can head to your recycling bin and choose any type of cardboard to use. We used our finished cardboard flower for a simple DIY necklace, but cardboard flowers have unlimited possibilities! Make cardboard flower bouquets, use the cardboard flowers to decorate or make a really pretty cardboard flower ring.

Finished cardboard flower craft held by a child - the cardboard flower has many dark colors like purple and green and a yellow middle part with a pink button center - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make flowers out of cardboard today!

Cardboard Flower Craft for Kids Using Recycled Cardboard

Today we are making a very simple flower craft that works well for even younger kids. If your child is struggling with scissor skills, you can help by cutting out the flower shape. Since every flower is completely different, you don’t need to cut things perfectly or follow a flower pattern.

Related: More cardboard crafts

Our recycling bin was full of empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls so that is the recycled cardboard we chose. You could also use a cardstock or heavy construction paper too. When using a toilet paper or paper towel roll, the trick is how you cut the roll which we will show you below.

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Step 1 – Cut the Cardboard

Cut your cardboard into 2 squares:

  • Larger square should be about the size (or a little larger) that you want your finished flower to be. Our square was about 2 1/2 inches x 2 1/2 inches.
  • Smaller square should be 3/4 to 1/2 as large as larger square as we will be using this as a layer of the flower.

If you are using a toilet paper roll, craft roll or paper towel roll, cut the cardboard cylinder in half lengthwise (like a hot dog bun, not a hamburger bun).  

Related: More toilet paper roll crafts 

Step 2 – Paint, Color or Use Pastels to Make the Flower Petals

Step 2 - Paper Flower Craft - Decorate the toilet paper roll craft. Use oil pastel crayons to color the top of the painted toilet paper roll. Kids Activities Blog
Use oil pastel crayons to color on top of the painted toilet paper roll.

Now we are going to make the flower colorful. Use whatever is easiest to cover the cardboard of each of the squares with color (it doesn’t have to be in any sort of pattern).

Craft Tip: Use two different colors that contrast for each of the squares to make the flower pop!

We painted the larger square first and after the paint dried, my kids layered on top with oil pastel crayons.  My three-year-old could have done this forever!

Step 3 – Trace a Flower Pattern

Then, flip your project over to trace the flower shape on the back of the larger square. You can free-hand this or if you do want to use a flower template, here are a few suggestions:

You could also trace a smaller pattern onto the smaller square or do what I did and free-hand a zig zag pattern using scissors in the next step.

Step 4 – Cut a Flower from Cardboard

Using scissors, cut the flower shapes out of both squares.

Step 5 – Punch & Thread

Step 2 - Paper Flower Craft - String  shown looped through two holes punched in the middle of the flower shape of Pink, blue, and purple cardboard flower held by hand
After you punch holes, thread string through your lovely cardboard flower.

Punch two holes from the bottom layer (the larger flower shape) and thread your string through these holes. 

Step 6 – Layer the Flower Shapes

  1. Add a little glue over the string in the middle of the large flower shape.
  2. Push the smaller flower shape on top to secure.
  3. Add another layer of glue to the middle of the smaller flower shape.
  4. Attach the button to the middle.
  5. Let it dry.


Finished - Paper Flower Craft made from Toilet Paper Rolls - Kids Activities Blog- toilet paper roll flower with pink button, on a string.
What a pretty cardboard flower we made!


  • You can curl and shape the tips of the flower after putting it together like we did to make it look more like a realistic flower.
  • Use a pipe cleaner instead of string if you want your flower to be easily attached or used as a ring.
  • Make a bunch of flowers to string together on string or pipe cleaner.
  • Use the end of a green pipe cleaner to loop through the holes in the flower base and the rest of the pipe cleaner as a stem for a bouquet! Add cardboard leaves!


My three-year-old can’t leave the house without wearing jewelry, so we had to come up with a way to turn toilet paper rolls into a necklace (because we LOVE toilet paper roll crafts).

This toilet paper roll necklace is sure to be a hit with kids. This easy flower craft is something we have made over and over again with different results in mind.

How to Make a Flower Out of Cardboard

Toilet Paper Roll Necklace Tutorial - Kids Activities Blog

This cardboard flower craft is great for kids of any age including toddlers and preschoolers. We used an empty toilet paper roll for the cardboard, but the options are limitless! This is a great recycled craft idea.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $0


  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Oil Pastel Crayons
  • Button (optional)
  • String or Yarn
  • Glue


  1. Cut your toilet paper roll in half lengthwise.
  2. Paint the inside of the toilet paper roll.
  3. After the paint has dried, use oil pastel crayons on top.
  4. Flip your toilet paper roll over to trace the flower shape on the back.
  5. Cut out the flower on the toilet paper roll and punch two holes from the bottom layer.
  6. Thread your string through these holes.
  7. Put glue over the two holes that you thread.
  8. Layer the second toilet paper roll cut out on top of the glue.
  9. Add more glue.
  10. Glue the button in the center.
  11. Let it dry.


How did your cardboard flower craft turn out? Comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

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  1. What a fun project and it came out so beautifullly! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  2. Super cute and I love that you recycled a toilet paper tube. I saw this on MIM and came over for a closer look. Mine is #48.

  3. what a fab project…thanks for sharing the how to….I bet the children had fun creating it
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

  4. This is fantastic and adorable! What a great idea~ I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link this week. {thanks girl!} Would you like Tip Junkie to feature your blog post to over 200,000 creative women? If you upload this blog post into your Tip Junkie craft room using at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL then I can easily feature it in my RSS feed, home page, and all my social networks instantly. {squealing with delight} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}

  5. so neat my daughter would love this. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.