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How to Make Foam Flowers Step by Step

Updated on February 26, 2018

Flowers Made of Foam Sheets

Those are not real flowers. They are not plastic flowers either. These flowers are made of foam. Those sheets of foam that you can find in craft stores. The trick is not really difficult - form the contours using heat. No need for machines or gadgets that are expensive. Just use the iron you use in fixing the creases on your shirt.

Join me as I describe how to make these flowers. I literally did not settle until I made my own. I learned this craft from my sister in law. She joined formal training to learn how to make several flower patterns. She was so kind to have spent time teaching me for free. I am sure that your energy is rising higher ans higher and you are wishing to learn how to make these real-looking flowers.

This Christmas, it will surely cut cost if you will make your own Christmas decors using the techniques in making foam flowers. Simply add glitters of colors green, gold and red to your output and you will have stunning pieces of Christmas flower decors.

Photos are mine. These are pictures of foam flowers we made.

My Daughter's Flower Foam Project

How About a Quick Look at this Boy's Really Unique Flower Arrangement with Real Flowers?

Different colors of foam sheets

Different colors of foam sheets
Different colors of foam sheets

Choosing Foam Sheets

Foam sheets come in different thickness and colors.

When looking for this item online, you may type the words: "foam sheets" or "foam paper." You will find A4 size of foam paper in different thickness - it ranges from 2mm to 5mm. If you are going to make only few flowers, then it would be fine to buy the foam papers but if you want to make a bigger project, it is cost efficient to buy the foam sheet which is 12" x 18" but that is if you are buying in a physical store. It is a hassle to ship this sheet if you are only buying less than ten sheets.

In terms of thickness, for tiny flowers, it is best to use the thinnest foam sheet. It is needless to say that you have to use the thickest sheet if you are planning to make flowers with big petals. In fact, if you want to make really big flowers, you might need to reinforce the petals with a floral wire to give you more flexibility in forming it to desired shapes and to make the petals more sturdy and not saggy.

Selecting your Foam Sheet for Flower Making

I prefer the light shades, if not the white one.

Cream, light pink, lavender are my top picks.


It offers flexibility in coloring and gives a more beautiful output.

I simply love the contrast.

If you do not like to do coloring,

go for dark red, purple

and other bold and dark colors.

My First Foam Flower Output

Expected Flower Making Output

You will have flowers that are almost realistic.

Since the foam does not feature a shiny look

compared to plastics, it gives an impression

that the flower is real. Added character is -

the lines, grooves and folds of the real flower

are also replicated in the output.

Check my lens again to find picture showing this).

When you get the technique of coloring it,

You can copy how the real pattern of flowers look like.

Sample pic of coloring

Sample pic of coloring
Sample pic of coloring

Coloring Technique

The secret is using a foam,

that kind of foam used for dish-washing purposes.

Use about one inch square

Dip it in an oil paint

Hold the foam firmly with your thumb and pointer finger.

Make swift "wiping" strokes. This technique will give a gradient color effect.

Several Weeks of Work

Worth the Time Spent
Worth the Time Spent

Basket of Flowers Made of Foam

basket of flowers made of foam
basket of flowers made of foam

Bunch of Roses on the Wall

bunch of roses wall decor
bunch of roses wall decor

Rose Wreath

rose wreath
rose wreath

Sunflower clock

Sunflower clock
Sunflower clock

Inspiration; Sample Projects You Can Do

Up for the challenge?

Try making one of these! It will take all your spare time but in the end, you will love your output.

Choose white foam sheet.

Color your cut outs piece by piece. You will be needing white, yellow, pink and green oil paint.

This is really cute and one of my favorites.

This is smaller than the very first project but it will take you for time to complete it. It requires more time to assemble the petals of the flowers of the roses. Moreover, you will be needing more petals per flower than the first project.

You can do this project together with the third project.

The techniques required are the same.

Sunflower! The clock is about one foot in diameter.


Not all craftstores offer the materials used for foam making

Good to know that the foam is available in most craft stores

You can improvise your own tools

The main thing you need:

Iron for cloth


Oil paint or poster paint(poster paint may fade though)

Pattern (you can make your own pattern)

floral wires and floral tapes

Check out my lens after a week, I will be posting some patterns for you to copy

Other materials like steel patterns in different sizes can be improvise

Best Among the Rest

Which of my projects is your favorite?

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General Steps in Making Foam Flowers

1.Make petal flower patterns on paper.

There are some craft lovers who are generous enough to post their templates for free. You can print these templates, and do step number 2.

For me, I sometimes use real flower petals. This may result to a messy work space but you are sure that you will be cutting off a pattern from a real flower.

2.Cut it out.

If you are cutting petals with intricate patterns, it is best to make use of a crafting scissor - the one which is slim and sharp. Slim works best when cutting through curves.

3.Place it on the surface of the foam and trace it.

It is best to trace it using a pencil with a 0.5 mm or 0.3mm so that you will not worry about traces of the outline you have made. If you have problem with light lines, you can make use of ball pen called friction pen. This lines you will make using this pen can be erased.

4.Cut it out.

Follow the tips in step two.

5.Color it

Coloring it needs a special technique. You have to make use of a foam like the one you use in washing dishes. Scroll up to check the photos and instructions on how to color these foam sheets.

6.Heat it by carefully putting it on the back of a hot iron (be careful not to overheat it. It will take few seconds to get the required heat for forming.

7.Shape it.

Sculpturing it could be a bit tricky. You have to shape it while it is still hot. This requires extra care - avoid getting burned. If you are doing this craft with your child, be sure to make her realize that it could hurt her if she is not careful.

My daughter loves making foam flowers with me and she is always fascinated with this step. She knows that the foam is hot. I do not allow her to do step number 6. Not now, perhaps if she grows a bit more.

8.Stick petals on floral wire with a glue gun.

Just like what you do when making flowers using paper - stick the petals using a glue gun and glue stick.

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    • iwrite100 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maribel Forayo 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for that but now, it makes me think of what these specifics thoughts are.

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      4 years ago

      Great common sense here. Wish I'd thuoght of that.

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      5 years ago

      nice lens :)

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      6 years ago

      WOW! Fantastic!!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens!

    • Socialpro54 LM profile image

      Socialpro54 LM 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful foam flowers! Nice lens!

    • MelanieKaren profile image

      Melanie Wilcox 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Oh wow! They are beautiful, and they do look so real. Awesome lens and really magnificent work here. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      The one looked like it took several months! Very crafty!

    • adragast24 profile image


      6 years ago

      These are amazing, really. I wish I was more crafty....

    • tfsherman lm profile image

      tfsherman lm 

      6 years ago

      Huh, foam flowers, who knew! I love making felt flowers, but these look beautiful!

    • jayavi profile image


      6 years ago

      nice decorations. so beautiful Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      This is the first time I have heard of foam flowers and thanks for sharing this lens with us, otherwise I wouldn't know. They looks beautiful and they are decorative for home and even in offices.

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      6 years ago

      I would never have thought of using foam to make flowers, they look lovely - a great lens, thanks.

    • LilyBird profile image


      6 years ago

      These flowers are gorgeous. I really like the sunflower clock and that probably won't be my first project but I will give this a try. Thanks!

    • beaworkathomemom profile image


      6 years ago

      amazing lens. Foal flowers looks so real.

    • Chrystalia profile image


      6 years ago

      These are amazing! You certainly have an eye for details. I'm looking forward to the step by step--I am always looking for a new craft.

    • takkhisa profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful foam flowers! To be honest i did not have any idea of it but now i have. :)

    • iwrite100 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maribel Forayo 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      @Titia: Thank you. I am preparing to make another lens on how to make these flowers. I'll take pictures each step.

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      Titia Geertman 

      6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Really nice, enjoyed my visit to your foam flowers.

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Your foam flowers are beautiful!

    • iwrite100 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maribel Forayo 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      @chi kung: Thanks for the feedback. I'll gladly change it.

    • chi kung profile image

      chi kung 

      6 years ago

      I love your foam flowers! a little feedback: I wouldn't use black as a background color - it darkens the "mood" of the whole lense - but of course this is up to you :)


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