• Paper towel or toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Paint — tempera or acrylic both work well
  • Paper
  • Plate or shallow lid



  1. Find a (clean) empty toilet paper or paper towel roll. If you have a longer roll, like for paper towels, you can cut it down into two or even three pieces. An adult can help with this step if it’s too tough to get through both layers at once.
  2. Now make small vertical cuts around the bottom of your roll like fringe — make sure they’re all about the same length. These can be fat, thin, or super skinny. The thinner they are, the more petals your flower will have.
  3. Bend back the petals so that they can lay flat.
  4. Put a small amount of paint on your plate or lid and tilt it so you have a thin but wider surface of paint.
  5. Gently dip your roll, petal-side down, into the paint and print your flower onto your sheet of paper.
  6. Try adding different kinds of petals and adding more colors of paint to give your flowers some variety. (Tip: You can cut the other side of the same roll to make another kind of flower — just be careful to dry off any wet paint.)
  7. Keep going until you have a beautiful bouquet. This could be a great gift to surprise someone special with, but remember — mum’s the word!

Did you know? Mum is short for chrysanthemum. It’s a kind of flower you’ll find here in the U.S., but it’s native to (originally grown in) East Asia and parts of Europe. We have a Japanese charger (a big fancy plate) with mums and other flowers in the CMA collection — see if you can find it on our website.