Turn Photos into Paper Flowers

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If romantic comedies have taught us anything it’s that getting a beautiful bouquet of flowers is pretty darn special.

Flowers brighten up your day, but they tend to do that one pesky little thing — dying once they’re cut.

Making flowers out of photographs is a fun and cheeky way of telling that special someone you are smitten.

Plus, these flowers will go on living as mini photographic reminders of beautiful things that have happened in your life.

Learn how to make a super fun and simple bouquet of photo flowers to cheer up your living space, a loved one, or a stranger on the street. (Because we’d all like to feel like we’re in a romantic comedy once in a while.)

Learn How to Make Flowers out of Photographs

Why It’s Cool

Flowers are beautiful and the tend to make everyone pretty stinkin’ happy.

It’s awesome how placing a vase of flowers in a room makes it feel a little more put together than it did before.

These photo flowers will achieve that higher level of design sophistication all the while displaying images of things you love.

They’re simple and elegant with a touch of whimsy that’ll make all your friends ask “How did you do that?”

The best part of the photo flowers is that they will live forever. They wont go rotting away in a vase that you just keep “forgetting” to clean out.


  • Photos you want to turn into flowers*
  • Scissors
  • Floral Wire
  • Floral Tape
  • Glue
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Circular object for tracing

*Photos printed on computer/copy paper or vellum work the best.

STEP 1: Round and Round


Use a circular object to trace a circle on your printed image.

Choose carefully where you trace, as the middle of the circle will be the middle of the flower.

STEP 2: Get to Cutting


Time to get crafty. Take up your scissors!

Cut out the circle you just traced.

Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly cut out. The imperfection will add to the charm of the flower.

STEP 3: Go Halfsies


Fold the circle in half.

STEP 4: And Again…


Fold the half-circle in half.

You’re getting so good at this.

STEP 5: One more time


Fold it in half again.

Your circle will now look like tiny little fan.

STEP 6: Shape it up


Cut the top of the circle from end to end to create a cone shape.

The finished result will look an ice cream cone.

You can play around with how you cut the top as this will be your petal shape. Try a few shapes to see what petal cut out you like best.

STEP 7: Make Your Mark


Unfold your circle and you will find 8 petals.

Mark off your least favorite petal and the top half of the petal next to it with a pen or pencil.

STEP 8: Just a Little off the Top


Cut out those one and a half petals. Buh-bye petals.

You will be left with 6 and a half petals.

The half petal will be the anchor of your flower (and it will look a little like a triangle).

STEP 9: It’s all Coming Together


Put a dab of glue on the half petal.

Glue the petal next to it (across the gap) on top of the triangular half petal.

STEP 10: Create Some Texture 


Pinch each petal, making a crease down the middle to give them a little extra texture and shape.

STEP 11: A Little Loopy


Make a simple loop in the top of the floral wire with your scissors.

STEP 12: A Flower Grows


Poke the end of the floral wire that does not have a loop in it through the center of the flower.

STEP 13: The Finishing Touch


Cut a 2 inch strip of the floral tape and wrap it around the base of the flower to secure it to the top of the wire.

Yippee! You just made your first flower out of a photo! Feels good, right?!

If you aren’t super stoked on your first attempt don’t give up hope. It may take a couple of tries to get the hang of this. Don’t discard the flowers you don’t like ’cause they will look cute among the flowers you do like when they are all put together in a bouquet.

Taking It Further

  • Print your photos double sided so that you will have images on the top side of the flower as well as the bottom side of the flower.
  • Make a garland of photo flowers by twisting the wire together.
  • Make all types of flowers. A quick google search on how to make paper flowers will give you a plethora of tutorials on crafting different types of flowers.
  • Make a wreath or head piece of photo flowers.

You love love, and you love it big time. So, go BIG this Valentine’s Day.

Print up a 3 foot x 4 foot Engineer Print to show your love BIG time.

Read along to see three fun ways to spread the love to friends, crushes and soulmates using photos!


1. Mailbox Surprise

Just fold up your Engineer Print, pop it in an envelope and mail it to your long-distance love.

Parabo Press’s EPs (as the cool kids call ‘em) are printed on extra thin paper, perfect for easy hanging and mailing too!

Yeah, your print will get creases in it, but we just love the idea of your giftee unfolding and unfolding and unfolding to reveal the biggest Valentine they’ve ever received.


2. Pin the Heart on the Babe

We may have spent a bit extra time on this part of the photoshoot in the Photojojo Office … this game is serious fun! Everyone gave it a go.

Print up a photo of your favorite heartthrob, cut out some hearts, procure a blindfold, give the first contestant a good spin, and watch them just try to find their way to that cutie’s heart.

It’s the perfect pastime for a Galentine’s Party or a cozy night in – just you, mood music, a box of chocolates and an EP of Michael B. Jordan.


3. Surprise! I love you!

Engineer Prints (available in color and B&W) are the perfect width to tape in your
standard door.

Tape your face looking into a room with an inward opening door to give your favorite someone a BIG surprise.

Just make sure your intended recipient is in the room when you stick up that print.



What are you waiting for?


Three Lovely Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Using Photos

We get it. You need the perfect costume idea.

Whelp, if you like snapping photos and having fun (you sound like our favorite kind of person) look no further!

Check out four easy costume ideas that’ll get you all the best candy (full size only).

Inspector Gadget

Fill a trench coat with gizmos and give your friends a fright followed by relief when they realize you did not dress as a streaker.



Hang the Photo Rope from your neck and use magnets to hang your favorite photos. You’re everyone’s favorite stream of photos. *Liked*


  • A Black Outfit
  • Photo Rope
  • Square Prints (get ‘em free from Parabo Press)

A Beautiful Unicorn

Throw magical colorful clouds around, wherever you go! The more color you fling the more colorful your costume will become.


A Real-Live Photo Booth

Document your favorite costumes and hand out prints as you go. You can even charge your pals for print … just like a real photo booth.


Do you have a super photo-related costume idea? Tell us over on Instagram – we’re @photojojo. Or, show us with #photojojo.

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