July 31, 2023

Coneflower Fall Craft: Creating Paper Coneflowers with Echinacea Purpurea

Welcome to this delightful fall craft tutorial! In this guide, I’ll show you how to create stunning paper coneflowers using harvested coneflower seeds and paper petals. Embrace the beauty of nature and the joy of crafting as I take you through the creative process of transforming simple materials into charming autumn decor. Let’s get started on crafting your own lifelike paper cone flowers!

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Gathering Materials: Harvesting Coneflower Seeds and Preserving Blooms

As the warm days of summer give way to the cool embrace of autumn, it’s the perfect time to gather the essential materials for our paper coneflower craft. Before the first frost sets in, take a stroll through your garden to find mature coneflower blooms that have gracefully weathered the season. They should look brown and dry.

Harvesting the seeds

To harvest the coneflower seeds, locate the dried flower heads with their distinctive cone centers. Gently snip off the middle part of the flower, where the seeds are nestled, using sharp scissors or pruning shears. Give them a good shake and the seeds will just fall out. Collect them in a dry container. These precious seeds can be saved for next year’s planting. For the paper coneflowers we’ll only use the the heart for our delightful paper cone flowers.



Materials needed for the craft:

  • Dried coneflowers with intact flower heads
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paper in warm fall colors (vibrant orange, golden yellow, rustic brown)
  • Scissors

Let’s go!

By preserving these elements of nature and having the essential crafting materials, we’re ready to make lifelike paper cone flowers. So go gather your materials and bring the beauty of fall into your home through this unique craft.

Preparing the Conflower Seed Center

Crafting Realistic Paper Cone Flowers

Now that we have gathered the essential materials, it’s time to prepare the heart of our paper cone flowers – the coneflower seed center. Before we begin crafting, ensure that the harvested coneflower centers are fully dried. This step is vital in achieving a realistic appearance for our fall craft. And. they could become moldy if they’re not fully dried, and we certainly don’t want that to happen!

To create lifelike paper cone flowers, carefully examine the dried coneflower centers you collected earlier. These distinctive cone-shaped centers, with their unique textures and patterns, are the key to capturing the essence of the real flowers. As you assemble our paper cone flowers, the cone-shaped centers will serve as the focal point, adding depth and authenticity to our delightful fall decor.

With the fully dried coneflower centers at hand, we’re ready to start crafting paper coneflowers. Let’s bring the beauty of nature and the charm of autumn into your home as you craft these captivating and realistic floral masterpieces. I love to have a piece of “last season” in our house. It brings back memories of the times in summer when they were in full bloom.

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Creating Vibrant Paper Petals

Crafting Lifelike Cone Flower Blooms

Coneflowers are known for their abundance and vibrant colors. With the coneflower seed centers ready, it’s time to decorate our paper coneflowers with vibrant petals. Using crafting paper in warm fall colors, such as orange and yellow, we’ll craft petals that mimic the beauty of real coneflower blooms.

To achieve a lifelike effect, carefully cut out the paper petals in various sizes and shapes. A pair of scissors allowing you to shape the petals and slightly curl their edges. This subtle touch adds a natural curve to the petals, resembling the graceful hang of real coneflowers.

While orange and yellow hues capture the essence of fall, don’t hesitate to experiment with other colors that complement your fall home decor. Rich reds, deep purples, and rustic browns can all play a part in creating a stunning bouquet of paper cone flowers.

Assembling the Paper Cone Flowers: A Step-by-Step Guide

To add a little more detail to this coneflower craft tutorial. Follow this step-by-step guide to create a stunning and realistic floral masterpiece:

Step 1: Place the Coneflower Seed Center

Carefully select a fully dried coneflower seed center and position it as the focal point of your paper coneflower.

Step 2: Attach the Paper Petals

Using a hot glue gun (note: be cautious with the hot glue gun and ensure little children are supervised when using it!), apply a small amount of glue to the back of a paper petal. Press the glued side firmly against the back of the coneflower seed center to secure it in place. Repeat this step with the remaining petals, gradually building layers and adding depth to your flower.


Step 3: Embrace Creativity

Encourage your creativity to shine as you arrange the petals. Experiment with different petal shapes, sizes, and angles to achieve a visually appealing design. Slightly curl the petals to add a natural touch, making them hang gracefully like real coneflowers.

Step 4: Complete Your Paper Cone Flower

Continue attaching the petals until your paper cone flower is complete. Take a step back and admire your creation, adjusting any petals as needed to achieve the desired look.

Remember to be mindful when handling the hot glue gun and supervise little children to ensure a safe and enjoyable crafting experience.

Fall Decor

Incorporating Paper Coneflowers

The versatility of paper cone flowers extends beyond standalone arrangements, making them perfect for a wide range of fall decor projects. Let me give you come creative ideas to showcase these coneflowers in various ways throughout your home:

Fall Wreaths: Craft a Welcoming Display

Transform your paper cone flowers into a stunning fall wreath that warmly welcomes guests to your door. Attach the paper cone flowers to a wreath frame, incorporating autumnal accents like leaves, berries, and twigs for an extra touch of seasonal charm. Hang the wreath on your front door or inside your home to set the perfect fall tone.

Note: When using paper for the petals, the (usually wet) fall weather might have its effect on how the coneflowers will look after a while.

Table Centerpieces

Create eye-catching table centerpieces using paper cone flowers as the focal point. Arrange them in a rustic vase or mason jar, leaving the stems long to mimic the appearance of real flowers. Surround the bouquet with seasonal elements like pinecones, acorns, or cinnamon sticks to add an inviting touch to your fall gatherings.


Home Decorations: Sprinkling Autumnal Elegance

Embrace the beauty of fall throughout your home by placing paper cone flowers on mantels, shelves, and side tables. The earthy tones of the paper cone flowers harmonize perfectly with fall decor. For a transition into winter, consider using more wintery colors like deep burgundy, evergreen, and icy blue, creating a bouquet that exudes winter warmth and charm.

Bouquets for Winter Days

With a selection of paper cone flowers in wintery colors, you can craft bouquets that brighten your home during the colder months. Arrange the paper cone flowers in a chic vase, and add silver or gold accents for a touch of holiday sparkle.

Experiment with different decor styles and color palettes. Whether it’s a fall wreath, a table centerpiece, or a winter bouquet, incorporating paper cone flowers into your decor brings the fall nature into your home throughout the changing seasons.

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DIY Burlap Coneflowers

An extra tip: use burlap

Anyone reading along for a while knows I love using natural materials in the home. If you want to add a warm and earthy feel to your creations, consider using burlap.

This material is made from the fibers of the jute plant. To make petals from burlap, choose a finer woven type. Take a piece that’s about 4×4 inches (or the size you need to cut out all the petals) and iron on a piece of interfacing that’s the same size. This will prevent the burlap from unraveling and makes cutting easier.

After it has cooled, cut out the petals as you would with paper and attach them to the flower centers. To curl the burlap petals, use a pencil to wrap them around.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I make paper coneflowers for fall decor?

To make paper coneflowers for fall decor, gather harvested coneflower seeds and burlap. Follow our step-by-step guide for a nature-inspired DIY craft.

  • Can I use other types of flowers?

Certainly! While the focus of this post is on crafting paper coneflowers using harvested coneflowers, you can absolutely explore using other types of flowers to create beautiful paper flower fall decor.

Consider using other fall blooms like sunflowers or maple leaves as inspiration for your paper autumn creations. Be sure to fully dry your materials before you start crafting.

Let’s wrap this up

Crafting paper cone flowers using harvested coneflower seeds is a delightful and nature-inspired craft that celebrates the beauty of fall.

With the simple yet captivating process of assembling vibrant petals around dried coneflower centers, you can create elegant floral masterpieces to adorn your home. Embrace the charm of autumn with these lifelike paper cone flowers that never fade. So, let’s get crafting and welcome the splendor of fall with this creative DIY project. Happy crafting!

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