How to make paper map flowers- Real Northern California Wedding- Amber

I’ve been working on a few different projects for décor to go along with our vintage travel theme. I’m neck deep in ideas and waist deep in trial runs, but I like this project because it’s easy and can be extremely low budget.

The folding pattern is a pretty simple one, but what I really like about this project is the paper used. I used city maps that I cut into simple squares using the grids on the map (no ruler needed!) and simple double sided tape. These turned out a little more modern/urban than what I’m looking for, but if I found a more vintage paper, they might work great.

I started out with 2×2 grid of map.

Fold diagonally, corner to corner.

Fold the corners up to the peak of the triangle.

Squeeze the creases created by fold 1, towards the folds of fold 2.

Fold the top corners down to create a straight edge again. These can be folded to the outside or inside.

Fold the outside edge in towards the inside fold.

Apply double sided tape to the edge of flower and bring both sides together.

Make 5 of these and stick together with double sided tape to create a flower.

Here, I made a few flowers cutting the original pieces of 2×2 paper with pinking shears to give them a different texture.



  • Reply March 29, 2012

    Patti Palmer

    Do you sell these? If so, how much?

  • Reply May 31, 2012

    Laura Lineberry

    I had a bride in my shop looking for travel-theme ideas for a wedding and this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply June 27, 2012

    sarah davies

    omg I just tried these so easy im going to do flower paper one for my vintage tea party theme xx

  • Reply November 17, 2013


    What do you do about a stem? I have made some very lovely flowers from old calendar pages but am stuck with how to do a stem.

    • Shannon
      Reply November 20, 2013


      Hi Sandra!

      You could hot glue them to a twig or a pipe cleaner. If you want to hide the spot where the glue joins the paper flower to the stem you could glue on some velvet leaves or tie on a piece of ribbon or twine. I hope this helps!

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