How to Make Pretty Paper Lilies (+ Free Printable Template)

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Paper Lily Craft (Free Printable Template)

Paper flowers are always fun to craft. Isn’t it amazing to see how we come up with different techniques and process of crafting the same flower? We tried to come up with an easy to trace template and instructions to craft these pretty paper lilies. Try crafting your version of this paper lily with the kids or for a craft therapy session, we’re hopeful that you’ll love them!

PAPER MADE water lilies

You’ll need the basic paper craft supplies to get started. We always try our best to use the supplies and materials that are easily available at home. These paper lilies can be used for lots of other crafts such as scrapbooking, wall decor, decorating gift boxes, and much more! 

Free Printable Paper Lily Template

Download the free printable water lily template, grab the supplies, and get crafty! 


Learn to make paper lily (water lily)

List of Supplies:

  • Coloured craft papers
  • Craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

supplies to craft water lily


You have the paper lily temple, now let’s jump to the step-by-step instructions.

Trace and cutouts patterns

I’m using pink coloured craft paper for the petals, yellow for the fringed strip, and green coloured craft paper for the leaves. You can use any shade of pink or white, or choose any colour as you wish. We traced the petals, strip and leaves using a pencil and cut them out using scissors. Use scissors to cut a 1cm slit from either pointy ends of the petal cutouts. Cut the round base from any coloured paper.

Trace and cutouts patterns

Crafting the petals – 1

Take any one of the petal cutouts and apply glue on either side of the slit. 

LILY STEPS 1 - How to Make Pretty Paper Lilies (+ Free Printable Template)

Crafting the petals – 2

Overlap the 2 sides and place the intact side over the glued side to join them. Press the overlapped parts together to make sure that they are glued nicely. 

Crafting water lily the petals

Crafting the petals – 3

After the glue dries, fold the top end of the petal towards the backside. This will give the petal a 3d look.

Crafting the petals

Craft all 18 petals similarly

Similarly, craft the rest of the petal cutouts. 

Crafting the petals

Glue petals on the base

Place the round base cutout on a flat surface and apply 6 dots of glue around the border of the base. Stick 6 petals on each dot. Place the overlapped sides part on the glued area. This is the 1st layer (outer layer) of the petal.

Crafting water lily the petals

 Glue petals in 3 layers

Glue 6 petals for the 2nd layer and the last 6 petals for the 3rd (centre layer) layer. 

glue water lily petals

Craft the centre

Coil the yellow fringed strip tightly and apply glue along the intact side of the strip. Apply glue at the end of the coil to secure the pattern. 

water lily shape

Trace vines on the leaf cutouts

Glue the coiled strip in the centre of the flower base. Use your fingertips to spread open the fringed parts. Use a green sharpie or marker pen to draw the vines on the green leaf cutouts. 

paper lily

You can use these paper lilies to craft party decor, home decor, gift box decoration, and much more. Don’t forget to share a picture with us if you craft one! 

race vines on the leaf cutouts

We’d love to see your version of pretty water lily (You can share your picture with hashtag #craftaholicwitch or just DM your picture to us on Instagram.

Happy crafting!

paper lily

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