I love paper flowers, perhaps as much as I love the real thing. It's possible to get so close to the realism of a natural flower, but I appreciate the intrinsic whimsy as well. They just make me happy.
I've got a flower project that I've been thinking about for Easter, so I've started gathering up inspiration. And what inspiration there is! I found so many beautiful examples that anyone can make, and most of them require little more than paper, a template or paper punch, and glue. Don't be intimidated, especially if your first flower takes a little while to make. It gets easier as you go and faster as you get used to the process - and it's absolutely worth it in the end!
DIY with Tutorials:
One day, I want an entire wall of these giant flowers in my workspace (in red!). I feel like they'd make me happier than happy. (from Ruche for Design Sponge)
Transform paper flowers into floral party hats (or perhaps an updated version of an Easter bonnet?) from Oh Happy Day
These structured flowers are made from 1-inch circles made with a paper punch (from Cotton and Brass for The Wedding Chicks)
Less realistic than some examples, but no less charming. Scalloped edge scissors and crepe paper streamers make up this ruffly flower from It's in the Details.
Here's my tutorial for crepe paper daffodils from a guest blog post I did for To Be Charmed.
From The Green Vase (See lots of other beautiful examples on the site as well.)
Iceland Poppies via Emmaline Bride (a kit you can order)
Whimsy from Thuss+Farrell