DIY Paper Protea | Rosy Paper Posies

Paper Protea

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I had high hopes for this paper protea as I created it, and it turned out even better than I had imagined! I have seen these gorgeous flowers all over the internet, and I couldn’t believe the cost of just one, faux or real! You can definitely make this for the fraction of the cost, and with a few hours of time, you will have a beautiful paper king protea.

The PDF and SVG versions of this paper protea pattern (along with the instructions) are available in my DIY Etsy shop, DIY Rosy Paper Posies. Here is a preview of what you would need:


  • Rosy Paper Posies paper King Protea pattern
  • Light pink, cream, and green cardstock paper
  • 5” styrofoam ball, cut in half
  • 16-18 gauge floral wire, typically 18” long
  • 20 gauge floral wire
  • If desired, floral stem kit (non-affiliate link)
  • Pink, maroon, and green colored pencils, brush pen, ink and blender, or watercolors
  • Green paint (optional)
  • Children’s marker or wooden spoon
  • Floral tape
  • Low-temp hot glue gun
  • Scissors

You do quite a bit of shading for this project to give them a more realistic effect. It’s not difficult, it’s just takes some time. I experimented with different types of shading for these petals, and here are some of my recommendations:

  • If you don’t want to buy anything fancy, colored pencils are the way to go. They take some time to shade everything, but if you want the most control and forgiveness, these guys have your back.
  • If you have experience with watercolor painting, you could have some real fun with these. If you never have tried this method, I wouldn’t recommend using them for this.
  • Below (the right protea in both pics) is shaded with brush pens (Tombow, Copics, etc.). They can add a lot of natural rough texture to it, but again, I would recommend using these if you have had some experience. One wrong stroke can make things difficult for you.
  • Below (the left protea in both pics) is shaded with an ink pad and and ink blender. This method is by far the fastest, but I did have to layer three different pinks I had on hand to get the color I wanted. I went back with a green colored pencil for the center of the petal. This look is gorgeous for it’s seamless blending. Just remember light, circular strokes.

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I put these paper protea beauties together with some other paper botanical patterns (you can learn how to make!) in this STUNNING wedding bouquet. It is huge, timeless, and elegant.

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If you are simply not in the mood to make your own but would like me to make it for you, request a custom order or see if I have anything ready-to-go in my original Etsy shop, Rosy Paper Posies.

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