Skip to Content

How to Make Beautiful Chrysanthemum Flowers from Fabric or Paper

This delightful DIY project combines creativity, recycling, and floral charm. Making Chrysanthemum flowers out of fabric and denim. What’s more, you could even apply the same technique to paper! Ready to bring some perennial bloom into your home?

Before we dive into the steps, let’s talk about why crafting faux flowers is such a fantastic hobby. There’s something profoundly satisfying about creating something beautiful with your own two hands. And with paper or fabric flowers, you can let your creativity blossom. You can play with different textures, colours, patterns, and styles, curating your unique bouquet that never wilts.

Crafting faux flowers also allows you to breathe new life into materials that might otherwise be discarded. That old pair of denim jeans or fabric scraps from previous projects can be transformed into stunning floral pieces. It’s a brilliant way to engage with sustainable crafting practices while adding a personal touch to your home decor, accessories, or gift toppings.

(There is a printable how-to card for this craft at the end of the post.)

How To Make Chrysanthemums

We’re a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Materials needed:

  1. Fabric or paper of your choice (denim, cotton, linen, etc.)
  2. Styrofoam craft ball – 6cm to 7cm in diameter
  3. Floristry wire stem 18 gauge
  4. Scissors
  5. Tacky clear glue
  6. Circle templates or glasses to draw around.
  7. Pencil or fabric marker
What you need to make Chrysanthemums

The Chrysanthemum Flower Pattern

The petal and calyx templates for the flower.

Chrysanthemum flower pattern

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Start by selecting your fabric or paper. You could choose denim for a rustic look or print cotton for a vibrant, colourful flower. If you use paper, then Italian crepe paper is a good choice, but you can use other coloured papers and even book pages. Just ensure the paper is not too thick and bends easily.

These DIY chrysanthemums were made with denim and some scrap linen from a fabric sample book. I used denim in shades of indigo and linen in assorted shades of reds and pinks to make Chrysanthemum flowers with an ombre effect.

Step 2: Use your circle template or draw around glasses on the fabric or paper. For this chrysanthemum tutorial, I used four different-sized material circles.

Drawing around the template fabric circles

Step 3: Cut out five circle rounds for each size. So you end up with 20 pieces of fabric or paper. Then add one extra in the small size for the centre of the Chrysanthemum flower. Don’t worry if your fabric circles aren’t perfectly round; it won’t affect the look of the finished flower.

Cut circles of fabric for a DIY chrysanthemum flower

Step 4: Take each fabric circle and make cuts around the edge towards the centre, leaving a half-uncut circle. This will create a fringed look, giving your petals more texture and depth.

Fringing the fabric for flower petals

Assembling The Chrysanthemum Flower

Step 5: Add glue to the centre of your styrofoam ball. Attach a small fabric circle to it. This will be the centre of the Chrysanthemum.

Sticking fabric into the center of the Styrofoam ball

Starting with the smaller fringe fabric circle, glue them one by one around the centre. You may want to hold them with a pin until the glue dries.

Adding the Chrysanthemum petals one by one

Continue this process, layering and overlapping the fringed circles around the ball to create the whole, blooming effect of a Chrysanthemum flower, starting with the smallest petals and finishing with the largest ones.

Adding the Chrysanthemum petals one by one
Denim petals Chrysanthemum flower

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Make a calyx and stem once you’ve covered the polystyrene ball with your fringed fabric circles. Use the template to cut a calyx out of fabric. In the same colour, cut a strip of fabric. Wind the fabric strip around the stem and use glue to hold it.

The calyx is the outermost part of a flower, usually green, composed of sepals that protect the flower bud.

Cutting out calyx

Step 7: Stick the calyx to the base of the flower and then pierce the centre with the stem.

Sticking calyx and stem in flower
how to make a Denim chrysanthemum from old jeans.
Scrap Fabric Chrysanthemums

Conclusion and Other Flower Tutorials

And there you have it – a stunning Chrysanthemum flower made from fabric or denim! These DIY faux flowers can brighten any space or accessory and make thoughtful gifts.

These Chrysanthemums can easily be turned into napkin ring holders like the denim rose ones I made. Or they would look great on a denim wreath.

If you love the flower as much as I do, check out these beautiful Chrysanthemum botanical illustrations; they are all in the Public Domain and printable.

DIY Fabric Chrysanthemums in vase
fabric and paper Chrysanthemum tutorial

As mentioned at the beginning, using the same method, you can make these Chrysanthemums out of paper. I will make some out of old maps to display with my map paper roses.

And if you are looking for the right vase for your flowers, check out these wonderful upcycled vases.

Other DIY fabric flower tutorials you may want to check out;

Check out these gorgeous free botanical flower prints, including those of Chrysanthemums.

How to make chrysanthemums

How To Make Faux Chrysanthemum Flowers

denim and fabric Chrysanthemums

Make beautiful faux Chrysanthemum flowers out of fabric, denim or paper, all using the same easy to follow tutorial and free pattern.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • Fabric such as colourful cottons or denim scraps. Or crepe paper and craft paper.
  • Styrofoam ball 6-7cm
  • Floristry wire stem 18 gauge
  • Tacky clear craft glue


  • Scissors


  1. Print and download the pattern and cut out 20 fabric circles, 5 for each of the four sizes. Or you can draw around a glass for a template.fabric circles
  2. Fringe the top half of each fabric circle with a pair of scissors.
  3. Stick one small fabric circle onto the foam ball. This is the centre of the chrysanthemum flower.
  4. Then starting with the small circles, glue them around the centrepiece, overlapping.gluing the petals
  5. Continue adding more layers of petals onto the ball. Make sure the petal sizes increase with each layer.
  6. Cut out a calyx from some fabric. Cover the wire with wound fabric.
  7. Stick the calyx into the base of the flower and then pierce it with the stem.

Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

Wednesday 14th of June 2023

These are beautiful! I'll be featuring them on Crafty Creators on Thursday. Hope to see you there!

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 15th of June 2023

Thank you so much, I look forward to seeing them.


Saturday 10th of June 2023

These are beautiful Claire, another wonderful denim craft idea :-)

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 11th of June 2023

Thank you, I just love upcycling my old jeans.

Donna via Funky Junk

Friday 9th of June 2023

Goodness are these fabric flowers ever gorgeous! And it all started with a styrofoam ball...

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 10th of June 2023

Thank you Donna, they are very easy and a fun way to use up fabric scraps.


Tuesday 6th of June 2023

Wonderful as always, thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday! And I see you have a fish jug, I've been wanting one myself!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Thank you Sara, the fish jug was a present from my sister.

Esme Slabbert

Wednesday 31st of May 2023

I visited you via VINTAGE CHARM and if interested you can visit my entries for this week: #23+24 I love what you have done and how you went about creating these material flowers. so I would love to invite you to link up with SSPS, to inspire others and you will have an opportunity to get featured. To share your own lovely posts, you will find the linkup information (1) In the Top bar under Blogging: Weekly Senior Salon Pit Stop OR 2nd image In the sidebar We hope to meet you there virtually.

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 1st of June 2023

Thank you for the invite.

Skip to Instructions