Make a Derby Fascinator from Paper

Paper Flower Fascinators

When it comes right down to it, the famous horse race is all about fashion. (Yes, there are horses, jockeys, bets and mint juleps, too.) To join in the excitement on May 4, you can create your own colorful, fashion-forward paper fascinator. Here’s how.

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  • Protractor
  • 5 sheets card stock, 12 by 12 inches (any color)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors*
  • Hot glue gun*
  • Bone folder, small
  • Faux rhinestones or pearl


  1. Using a protractor, cut out a circle from the card stock that is about 2.25 inches in diameter. This will be the base of the flower that the petals will spring from.
  2. Using a pencil, protractor and scissors, create the following:
    • 12 petals that are 6 inches
    • 6 petals that are 4 inches
    • 5 petals that are 2 inches
  3. At the bottom of each petal, cut a slit in the middle. For the 6-inch petals, cut 3-inch slits; for the 4-inch petals, 2.5-inch slits; for the 2-inch petals, 1-inch slits.
  4. Using the hot glue gun, apply a tiny amount of glue to the slits and cross one side onto the other.
  5. To assemble the flower, glue the 6-inch petals next to each other on the circle base. The sides of each petal should overlap about an eighth of an inch.
  6. Go around the inside of the base with the 4-inch petals, repeating the same technique as in step 5.
  7. Repeat step 6 using the 2-inch petals.
  8. Curl the edges of each petal using the bone folder tool.
  9. Hot-glue a rhinestone or pearl in the center of the flower for the final touch.



*Adult supervision required.

If you're looking for more holiday activities, take a look at these printables to help celebrate all year long.