Make Stunning Miniature Plants and Flowers from Paper

Use These Instructions to Make a Range of Plants and Flowers in Several Scales.

Dollhouse scale Papaver rhoeas or common poppies in a miniature milk bottle.
Dollhouse scale miniature common poppies, also known as Flander's poppies, corn poppies, made from tissue paper, wire, paint and flocking. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd

Most of these realistic plants are made from paper and paint, including recycled envelopes and kraft paper. The plants are shown as dollhouse miniatures, but you can easily scale them larger or smaller for other model scales or decorations for your living space. Plants can help set a time reference, and add to the background sense of style and color theme for a display. The instructions for these plants use simple techniques and mainly feature petals punched with common craft punches.
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    Nosegay of sweet violets with a dollhouse scale doll.
    The violet nosegay is the correct scale to fit in the hand of a dollhouse doll in 1:12 scale. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd

    Bunches of miniature violets can be used as dollhouse flowers, plants, or for decorations for hats and dresses. The violet was the most popular flower for Victorian flower sellers and is fairly easy to make in small sizes.

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    A Glass Vase Arrangement of Miniature Paper Roses for a Dolls House in 1:12 Scale
    Six miniature paper roses made with a heart shaped paper punch for a 1:12 scale dolls house arrangement. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Miniature roses are a staple for floral displays, landscape displays for railroads, villages, and dolls houses, and useful as decorations for special gifts and cakes.

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    Stems of dollhouse scale corn poppies arranged in a miniature milk bottle made from recycled plastic
    Stems of dollhouse scale corn poppies arranged in a miniature milk bottle. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd

    These field poppies, miniature versions of papaver rhoeas, can be made in red for remembrance, or in garden shades of pearls and pinks. The paper is hand colored with watercolors to make them translucent for a highly realistic look.

     

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    Dollhouse miniature pink moon or phalaenopsis orchid.
    Dolls' house miniature scale pink phalaenopsis orchid made from paper, paint and wire. Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

    These tiny orchids make wonderful modern plants and can be made in a range of colors. They also work well made as  pray for a simple bridal bouquet.

     

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    Make Miniature Cattleya (Corsage) Orchids

    A wrist corsage for a dollhouse doll with a miniature cattleya orchid made from paper.
    Wrist corsage for a 1:12 scale dollhouse doll featuring a cattleya (corsage) orchid made from paper and wire. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd

    Use these simple paper and wire miniature cattleya orchids for wrist or purse corsages for your doll displays, or make them into plants to add to a dollhouse conservatory or flower shop.

     

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    Make a Scale Miniature Bouquet

    A dolls house gardener delivers a rose bouquet for a miniature wedding.
    A 1:12 scale gardener delivers a rose bouquet for the big day. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Not only for a dolls house bride! These little bouquets can be used with model horse scenes, or as cake or package decorations for a special celebration.

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    Waterlily flowers are glued to the edges of leaves ready to place in a dollhouse scale fish pond.
    Waterlily flowers are glued to the edge of the waterlily leaves before they are arranged in a dolls house scale fish pool. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    Water lilies add color to ponds, fish pools, and lakes. They are easy to make with curved scissors or a simple 'daisy' type paper punch.

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    Arrangement of dollhouse scale spider chrysanthemums in a miniature celadon vase.
    Dollhouse scale miniature spider chrysanthemums arranged in a celadon vase by Tony Schmidt. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    These elegant spider mums are hand cut from fine paper using paper colored with watercolors. These are an 'intermediate' miniature project as they require a bit of care to color and cut. Make them in your favorite colors for a range of fall displays. They are also wonderful for dollhouse table decorations or in miniature wedding bouquets.

    The tiny paper mums are also outstanding as decorative details for full-size cakes for showers or other special occasions.

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    Make Single Flowered Dahlias

    Bouquet of single paper dahlias in dollhouse scale.
    Bouquet of various colored single dahlias made from punched paper petals in dollhouse scale. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    This is another intermediate miniature project which can be simplified for a beginner if you use colored paper as the basis for your dahlia petals. The intermediate technique uses careful applications of "Inktense" pencils to create the realistic flower types.

    As dahlias have a wide range of colors, you can make these single dahlias to suit almost any color scheme. The flowers are made with simple daisy or teardrop shaped punches.

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    Six inch high miniature Christmas tree with realistic branches.
    Completed miniature Christmas tree in 1:12 scale with lots of space for decorations. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Make realistic miniature spruce trees from lycopodium moss (prince's pine or erica moss)

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    A dolls house scale moss hanging basket planted with assorted scale plants.
    A dolls house scale moss hanging basket planted with assorted scale plants. Plants Courtesy Lesley's Garden. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Miniature Moss Hanging Baskets let you add color to dolls house and miniature scenes at a higher level. Easily made from floral foam and moss, they can be hung from sign brackets, lamp posts, or the front edge of a front porch or arbor. Don't think they are only useful for summer flowers. Filled with evergreen branches, cones, and ribbons, they can decorate a Christmas village as well.

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    Dollhouse scale cyclamen plant in pot
    A dollhouse miniature cyclamen plant in a pot. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd

    These tiny cyclamen can be made in every shade of pink, red and white to make flowering plants for dollhouses, miniature greenhouses, or a flower shop display. Add them to Christmas or Valentine's scenes.

     

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    Tiny reproductions of rare tulips; viridiflora and Silver Standard in dolls house scale.
    Detailed observation will allow you to create specific tulips for miniature displays. Here Silver Standard and Viridiflora, both from the 1700's have been created in 1:12 scale. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Make designer or cottage tulips using simple paper punches and these instructions. These are more detailed than the roses, but you can get good results and create a range of tulip colors and shapes.[/p]

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    Dollhouse miniature paper crocus shown against a backdrop of a real crocus petal
    Miniature crocus flowers in a dollhouse scale pot shown against the backdrop of a small open crocus flower. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    The tiny crocus​es are shown here in 1:12 scale but you can make them smaller or larger if you can find an appropriately sized paper punch. As with the other plants on this list, you can mimic your choice of varieties if you carefully observe the characteristics of real crocus.

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    1:12 Dollhouse scale paper snowdrops in a snow covered plant pot.
    Dollhouse scale snowdrops peep out from baking soda snow. Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

    Welcome spring with a pot of tiny snowdrops peeking through 'snow'.  Despite their tiny size, these are a fairly easy miniature flower to make.

     

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    Make Miniature Daffodils

    Tiny paper daffodils held by a dolls house doll.
    Miniature daffodils in dolls' house scale. Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

    You can make these dollhouse scale daffodils in a range of yellow and white shades as narcissus, or daffodils for bouquets or miniature garden scenes. Set up a photo of your favorite daffodil variety and see how closely you can mimic it in miniature using these instructions.

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    Make Miniature Pussy Willow Branches

    1:12 scale realistic dollhouse miniature pussy willow branches set into a bead vase
    1:12 scale miniature dolls house pussy willow branches set into a bead vase. The enlargement shows a single fuzzy pussy willow, many times enlarged. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    Most people who see these can't believe their eyes. The tiny pussy willows, made from flocking, are extremely realistic. These branches are wonderful in a range of spring scenes or combined with the miniature bird's nest

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    Make Scale Miniature Bulbs Just Starting to Grow

    Flower bulbs with shoots in 1:12 dollhouse scale.
    Dollhouse miniature flower bulbs with shoots and papery scales, made from air dry clay and paint. Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

    Nothing says spring like tiny bulbs emerging from the ground. To set the season for your dollhouse garden, greenhouse or flower shop, tuck some of these into a flat or pot.

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    Make Miniature Plant Seed Flats

    Miniature seed flat and dibble set on a dollhouse scale potting bench.
    Dollhouse scale miniature seed flat and dibble (planting stick) set on a planting bench. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd

    Add a seed flat and dibber to a miniature potting bench, or use the flats to hold pots for flower shop displays.

     

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    Make Miniature Lilies

    Dolls house scale lilies arranged in a printable miniature jug.
    Dolls house scale lilies in a printable jug made from paper. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Lilies can be made for miniature gardens, or as flowers for arrangements or bouquets. With an almost endless color range, lilies can be adapted for a range of color schemes and period arrangements. They are simple to make using assorted common paper punches.

    The jug shown here as a flower container is available as a printable in several dolls house scales

     

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    Make Miniature Easter Lily Plants or Stems

    Dollhouse scale Easter lily made from paper and wire.
    Dollhouse scale Easter lily in a pot. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    These Miniature Easter Lilies can be set in pots or used as stems for floral arrangements or garden scenes. Easy to make, the are a slightly different shape than regular lily flowers.

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    Dollhouse flag iris planted beside a miniature fish pond made from florist's foam.
    Arranged so their stalks fan out from a central point, these miniature dolls house scale flag iris are planted at the edge of a dollhouse garden fish pond. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    You can use a simple daisy punch or teardrop punch to make flag iris from paper, paint and wire. I use a one-inch punch for 1:12 scale iris, and have made them as small as 1/48 scale with smaller punches. Daisy punches also work for making lilies and Calla lilies.

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    Make Miniature Calla Lily Plants and Flowers

    Dollhouse scale calla lily planted in a miniature pot.
    Dolls house scale calla lily planted in a miniature pot. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    Calla lilies are easily made from paper and wire using a tear drop or daisy shaped punch or hand cut petals. They can be made in a range of colors and are easily made in smaller scales for railroad landscaping alongside house or water features.

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    Finished marigold and cockscomb flowers shown with a miniature sugar skull for the Day of the Dead
    Finished marigold and cockscomb flowers shown with a miniature sugar skull for the Day of the Dead. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Make miniature marigolds (Cempazuchitl) and cockscomb flowers for dolls house floral arrangements or to decorate tiny Day of the Dead shrines. These flowers are made from tissue paper, thread and wire.

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    Make a Scale Miniature Chrysanthemum

    Tiny potted plants can be used for dolls house scenes or made in smaller scales for a floral display in a model railroad or village scene. They can also be used as fridge magnets, or given to friends with no space for full-size plants.

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    Miniature Christmas cactus or holiday cactus in dollhouse scale
    A miniature Christmas cactus or holiday cactus in dollhouse scale. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    This is another very easy but effective miniature plant project. This one uses wire, paper, and glue and you can modify the flowers to resemble your favorite varieties.

    There are instructions for more Christmas plants, including

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    Three color variations of poinsettias made in 1:12 dolls house scale from paper, paint and wire.
    Three of hundreds of possible color variations of poinsettias made in 1:12 dolls house scale from paper, paint and wire. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Poinsettias work well for Christmas floral arrangements as well as for tiny potted plants. These little beauties make great full sized Christmas tree ornaments and package decorations when planted in groups in tiny pots.

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    A 1:12 scale dolls house Christmas kissing ball of miniature mistletoe.
    A traditional Christmas kissing ball made of mistletoe in dolls house scale. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Make mistletoe for oak trees, herb collections or Christmas balls

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    Dollhouse scale pine branches made with bunches of fine thread and wire.
    Beginning at the top, sets of dollhouse scale pine needles are applied in spirals around a piece of wire to form a pine branch. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Use these pine boughs for Christmas floral arrangements, or make tiny bonsai pine trees for pots.

     

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    Three dolls house scale pine cones on a branch made from lycopodium moss.
    Dolls house scale tree cones made from paper and wire on a scale miniature tree branch made from lycopodium moss (princes pine). Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Bump up the realism on a model railroad or miniature garden scene by adding pine or fir cones to your evergreen trees. Make from circles of paper, these cones take your modeling up a notch.

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    Quarter scale garden arbor set in a miniature garden scene in a tea cup.
    Printable quarter scale garden arbor set in a landscaped tea cup scene. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    Make detailed quarter scale (1:48) plants for a dollhouse, model and railway scenes. Instructions are included for making the following plants from paper and wire.

    • Colorful bushes and flowering plants from 'scatter' made with acrylic paint.
    • Sunflowers in quarter scale made using common paper punches.
    • Delphiniums in quarter scale made from common paper punches.
    • Quarter scale hostas.
    • Hollyhocks in quarter scale made from paper punches.
    • There are separate instructions linked here for making...MORE Belladonna lilies (naked ladies) which are easily made in 1:48 scale.
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    1:24 dollhouse scale miniature stem of morning glories made from paper and thread
    Morning glory stem made from paper and thread in 1:24 dolls house scale. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    Trailing morning glory vines can be made easily in a range of scales. The ones shown here are in 1:24 scale. Make them suit your dolls house window basket or moss hanging basket, or use them to trail from floral arrangements.

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    Dolls house plants fill the interior of a painted 1:12 scale window box with heart cutouts.
    Dolls house scale plants fill the interior of this window box with heart cutouts. The box could also be used to hold a set of small planted pots. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    This window box or crate can be used to hold plant pots or planted up as a complete box. The instructions are for the box, not the plants.

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    Scale miniature palm tree set behind a porcelain building in a Christmas Nativity set.
    Scale miniature palm tree made from fabric plant leaves and paper used for a miniature Christmas nativity scene. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    These Model Palm Trees are easily made with silk flower leaves, or paper and wire. The trunks are made with torn brown paper wrapped over the wire. The palm trees can be made on any number of scales, for model game terrains on up to a shade tree for a Barbie Doll House.

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    Shaping the branches of a model tree so they spread out in three dimensions.
    The upper branching layers of a tree have a distinctive canopy shape which varies from species to species. The upper branches must be shaped as if they were growing towards the light. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Wire and acrylic mediums and paint can be used to make basic tree forms on almost any scale. Use smaller sized trunks with bits of foam for railroad trees, or punch out leaves to make shrubs and trees in dollhouse scales. The branched trees can be shaped to resemble many identifiable tree shapes. Take a good look at a photo of the tree you want to copy, and bend the wire branches into the correct shape for your tree.

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    A roll of brown kraft paper makes a stem on the top of a dolls house scale paper mache pumpkin.
    A roll of brown or kraft paper is added to the top of a miniature paper mache pumpkin to form a stem. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    These pumpkins can be made in many sizes, to house a dolls house scene, as the base for a Cinderella coach, or as table, railroad or dolls house decorations. Paper mache is easy to use and scale for all kinds of sizes of pumpkins

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    Dried corn stalks and miniature pumpkins ready for a dolls house display.
    Dried corn stalks and pumpkins in dolls house scale for a fall display. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Useful for setting the season, corn stalks can be made in several scales, in green for summer, or beige for late fall, Thanksgiving or Halloween.

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    Make Miniature Icy Trees From Dried Weed Stems

    Ice covered tree in a quarter scale teacup scene.
    1:48 scale ice covered tree in a winter cabin scene in a teacup. The tree is made from dried weeds. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd

    These icy miniature trees can be used in a range of scales to add a touch of winter to a scene. Look for weeds on your fall and winter walks and add some bead berries if you wish.

     

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    Four dolls house scale cattails made from a variety of materials.
    These scale miniature cattails are made from (. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Another indicator plant, cattails are good for dolls house ponds, or to signify ditches and marshes in a railroad scene for summer, fall or winter. On their own, they are great for scale floral arrangements.

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    Coiled paper strips make dolls house flower pots and flower bowls in a range of shapes and sizes.
    A range of shapes and colors of dolls house flower pots made from coiled strips of paper. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Easy to make from paper strips or quilling paper, these little pots can be made in many scales and shapes from just paper and glue.

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    Make Miniature Belladonna Lilies

    Dollhouse scale Belladonna lilies on individual stalks, clustered together to look like plants.
    Quarter scale Belladonna lilies set as a cluster into a quarter scale planter. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd

     Belladonna lilies (Amaryllis belladonna) are easily made in scales from 1:48 on up using simple daisy punches. These are fall blooming plants great for bouquets or to add a punch of color to small scale scenes.