Paper Marigolds

Marigolds are the flower used to decorate for Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Latin America. The Marigold is also a popular flower in bloom in gardens in the United States during Autumn.

I decided I wanted to make some, but all crafts for making flowers involved tissue paper, which I never seem to have on hand. What I do have an abundance of is colored construction paper, so I set to work to figure it out. After a few false starts, I finally came up with this method. The result is so nice that I wanted to share it with you so you can make Marigolds with your niños.

Paper Marigolds
(caléndulas de papel)

What you need:

• construction paper (preferably orange colored)
• scissors
• a drinking glass
• a pencil
• a stapler

Use a drinking glass to draw 3 circles on a piece of orange construction paper.

Cut out all 3 circles. (It doesn’t have to be perfect.)

Hold all 3 circles together and fold in half, (so it looks like a little taco.)

Fold in half again. (Now it should be more of a cone shape.)

Place one staple in the pointy end to hold it together.

Cut slits, evenly spaced, into the rounded side. (You will want to cut a little deeper than what you see in the photo.)

Pinch your flower open. Use your fingers to pull the layers apart from each other and shape the petals.


    • @ Leslie – I have a big bag of seeds which I never got around to planting. I’ll have to remember for next year and then I’ll have plenty! … Have fun making these. My boys didn’t have any trouble.

    • @ Ana – I didn’t see Gabriela’s, but I never have tissue paper on hand. Please feel free to drop the link here though so that anyone who is interested can click through!

  1. Love these…I never seem to have tissue paper either…or the right color at least. We actually have a huge group of orange marigolds in the yard that we somehow managed not to kill. I think I’ll bring some in!


  2. I love love love this!!! I must try it. In high school we made big, gorgeous, bright flowers out of crepe paper, but it’s very hard to find these day. Thanks for sharing your crafty side with us! : )

  3. I love working with paper so will try it out! Question for you. After you have the finished flower, how did you adhere the paper flowers to each other or to surface? Just wondering if ribbon can be used to link them together

    • Gloria, I just laid them on the display but to adhere them I would have most likely used a little hot glue. If you wanted to link them with ribbon, again you could hot glue them to a ribbon, I imagine. If you tried to hole punch them at the base and string them that may work but not sure if it would cause them to come apart.

      Good luck!

    • Hi Muffin, put your index finger on one straight edge and your thumb on the other straight edge of the flower. The rounded edge that you cut slits into should be facing UP with no fingers on it. Try to bring your thumb and index finger together in a pinching motion – this should force the paper flower to open into a round shape. Hope that helps!

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