How to make a wooden flower.

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Project by MightyWood posted 07-12-2015 08:47 PM 3295 views 85 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wooden Flower - 00 Title

You need a decorative element on a present? I made this flower as decoration for a present.

Tools and Materials:
Wooden Flower - 01 Materials
  • A plane. For example a Stanley No.4.
  • A glue gun with glue sticks.
  • A pair of scissors.
  • A piece of wood.
  1. Set your plane up for creating relative thick shavings. Try to keep the thickness consistent. You will need between 15 and 20 usable pieces. The rest of the scrap wood will be used as a base later.
    Wooden Flower - 02 Plane
  2. Take your pair of scissors and the shavings.
    Wooden Flower - 03 Scissors and Shavings
    Now cut the shape of a petal out of each shaving but instead of a pointy end cut a flat edge which we will used for gluing later. The grain and curl should run along the width of the petal. Do not try to be too accurate. Imperfections and different size will let it look more natural. You will need about 15-20 petals for one flower.
    Wooden Flower - 04 Cut Petals
  3. Next take one of the smaller wooden petals and roll it. This will be the center of your flower. Use a blob of hot glue and stick the first piece to the base. You can cover the base with tape to keep it more simple to separate the flower and the base later.
    Wooden Flower - 05 First Petal
    Then take the next piece and run a beat of glue along the straight edge. Roll this petal around the first one.
    Wooden Flower - 06 Glue on The Straight Edge
    Repeat this with as much petals as you need to get nice big flower. The bigger the flower gets the bigger the petal pieces and the more flat the angle should be. In some cases you can secure the petals with an extra beat of hot glue. Adjust the pieces as you go and as I said imperfection makes it even more realistic.
    Wooden Flower - 07 Glue all Petals
  4. You should finish the flower with spray lacquer to protect it and keep it stable. Otherwise the petals will curl unevenly when the moisture changes. You could also spray it with a colour to get an even more natural look.
  5. In the end you can separate the flower carefully from the base.

Thanks for reading!


I also made a video. Please check out and subscribe:

-- Daniel @ Mighty Wood, /

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#1 posted 07-12-2015 09:12 PM

That is pretty neat…thanks

Nice video showing how to do it.

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#2 posted 07-12-2015 09:12 PM

Looks fantastic.
I have to try it.

Thanks for sharing.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#3 posted 07-12-2015 09:54 PM

So clever! Thanks for sharing.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 07-12-2015 10:06 PM

Pretty darn cool, thanks for the how-to.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 07-12-2015 10:07 PM

Well I’ll be damned.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 07-12-2015 10:19 PM

Very nice great work. I think I might try one, thanks for the tutorial.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 07-12-2015 10:27 PM

Wow. Looks like it takes a lot of patience. I’ll favorite it for later. Don’t think it will look as good as yours. Awesome job, thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#8 posted 07-12-2015 10:41 PM

I have to admit – I thought you were fooling us with the first picture. It looks so real. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 07-12-2015 11:16 PM

Holy sh*t!! Very nice.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#10 posted 07-13-2015 01:08 AM

You, good sir, are a genius! I’m totally making some of these for my wife!

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#11 posted 07-13-2015 01:22 AM


-- Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

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#12 posted 07-13-2015 02:04 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this process.
It is very similar to making a flower using Polymer clay, but out of wood.
Great idea.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#13 posted 07-13-2015 02:42 AM

Nice project! I like it a lot.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#14 posted 07-13-2015 05:11 AM

Wow meautiful

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#15 posted 07-13-2015 12:38 PM

Very nice!

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