Do you love flowers? Many people do. Green plants can make us feel calm, and brightly colored blossoms make us happy.
Plants and flowers are good gifts for many occasions. Bouquets of flowers represent romantic love on dates, at dances, on Valentine’s Day, at weddings, and on anniversaries.
People may give flowers to say “Congratulations!” when someone graduates, has a birthday, or accomplishes something.
They cheer people up when they are sick or when someone dies. Sometimes, flowers may be given to say “I’m sorry,” or “I’m thinking about you.”
You can send the gift of flowers, even if you only have a sheet of paper and a pencil. When you draw a bouquet of flowers, you can make it as fancy as you want!
Did you know? Many flowers are also associated with symbolic meanings. They may relate to certain qualities or emotions. We’ll talk about this flower symbolism or floriography below to help you decide which flowers to draw.
Do you fear that drawing realistic flowers is complicated? Don’t worry! These flower drawing tutorials are great for beginners. Each one uses simple steps so you can follow along.
In each step, a few new lines or shapes are added. These are highlighted in blue.
Add the new blue lines to your drawing one by one, and soon you’ll be growing your own paper garden!
Rainbow roses are created by feeding water with dyes in it to a white rose. These roses mean happiness, joy, and uniqueness. Sometimes, they are called unicorn roses.
Parts of a Rose
Are you learning about the parts of a plant in school? This tutorial can help you with your next science project. You can learn to identify the flower, bud, thorn, roots, stem, fruit, and leaves.
Do dandelions grow in your backyard? Originally from Europe, dandelions now grow as weeds or wildflowers around the world. Did you know? You can eat every part of a dandelion!
Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut just now… whether you’re at the circus, a roadhouse restaurant, or just having a snack, you can learn how to draw this salty treat.
“I’ll get you, my pretty!” In The Wizard of Oz, enchanted poppies lulled the heroes to sleep. This is fitting, as real-world poppies are used to represent the eternal sleep of death, remembrance of those lost, and consolation to the living.
Sunflowers are aptly named. Not only do their yellow petals resemble rays of sunlight, but the plant turns its flower-head during the day to face the sun as it moves across the sky.
Pinecones are the seed-bearing fruiting bodies of pine trees. The spikey brown shapes are often used in rustic decor. Did you know? The pine nuts are an essential ingredient in some fancy cookies and foods!
Cacti are fleshy plants that grow in dry places and deserts. They can store water in their tissues for later use. Some cactuses can even provide you with drinking water if you are lost in the desert. And that’s no mirage.
Wheat has been an essential foodstuff for millennia. It is used to make bread and it is an ingredient in many other foods. Some people cannot eat wheat because of a component called gluten. Use this drawing to mark which foods are gluten-free and which ones are not.
Are you a proud plant parent? Many people keep houseplants indoors in pots. Learn how to take care of your very own indoor plant with this flower drawing tutorial.
Poinsettias are often associated with the winter holidays, but did you know? They are actually tropical plants. They grow wild in places like Mexico. The red “flower” is not a flower at all – it is actually a grouping of brightly colored leaves.
Can you see the forest for the trees? Set a scene with this mysterious ancient forest. What secrets and creatures does it hold?
Holly is a spiky evergreen plant with red berries. Today, it is often associated with Christmas and winter. This is related to the Druid custom of hanging the plants in homes to bring good luck and protect the inhabitants, as they thought they had magical powers.
Magnolias are native to the southeastern United States. The flowers are huge – some as big as dinner plates – and they grow on evergreen trees.
Trees can live a long time, but they do not last forever. A full dead tree is called a snag; one that has been cut down is a stump. These leafless trees can set a scary scene!
Carnations are frequently used in cut flower arrangements. Red carnations symbolize love, pink carnations gratitude or thanks, and white carnations are associated with loss and grieving.
Peonies are large flowers that come in many colors. They may symbolize happiness, love, romance, beauty, or wealth.
The hibiscus is a tropical flower native to Asia and the Pacific islands. The large blooms are often associated with tropical beach vacations. And the petals can be used to make a soothing tea!
Originally from China, weeping willows can be seen around the world. In folklore, it is associated with loss and mourning since the leaves seem to droop in sadness.
In temperate zones around the world, the leaves of deciduous trees turn bright colors in autumn or fall before dropping for the winter. Red, orange, yellow, brown – what colors will your leave be?
Pecan trees are native to North America. They produce a delicious nut. They are most often associated with the American South, where they grow prolifically.
It’s a jungle out there! When you put all the tropical plants together in a single scene, you get a jungle like this one. It’s time to take a walk on the wild side.
Tulips originated in Asia, but now can be found around the world. They grow from an onion-like bulb, the plant disappearing and returning each year. In the past, tulips were so valuable in some places that the bulbs were used like money!
Beans originally came from North and South America, and they play a huge role in traditional cooking there.
Maple trees grow around the world. The maple leaf is especially associated with Canada, appearing on its red and white flag.
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare. Find out if this old adage is true when you draw this smiling cartoon rose.
Hydrangea bushes are native to Asia and the Americas. They symbolize abundance, gratitude, and beauty. Did you know? The colors of some hydrangea flowers changed depending on the soil you plant them in!
Olive branches have long symbolized peace. Can you “extend the olive branch” to someone with the help of this drawing guide?
The luck ‘o the Irish may be upon you when you draw this shamrock or three-leaf clover. Can you sketch a rare and lucky four-leaf clover too?
Orchids are tropical flowers. They are epiphytes, meaning they grow as a parasite on other plants – on tree bark rather than in soil.
Pistachios are a tasty nut. Many deserts include them. They are native to the Middle East. Today, they are also cultivated in the Mediterranean and California.
Trees have many limbs or branches. You can learn to draw the details here. Will someone climb this tree branch or hang a swing from it?
Daffodils have many alternate names – buttercup, jonquil, narcissus. Whatever you call it, these yellow and white flowers are a sign of spring.
This cartoon tree is a classic. It has a wide trunk with a swirling knot and a cloudlike leafy crown.
Bird of Paradise Flower
The bird of paradise flower is native to South Africa. It is so named because the blossom resembles the elaborate plumage of a dancing bird of paradise.
How do palm trees make you feel? For many, they are a symbol of summer and relaxing beach vacations.
Venus flytraps are unique carnivorous plants. When an insect lands on the mouth-like leaves, they snap shut, trapping the bug inside. Interestingly, these oddities are native only to North and South Carolina in the United States.
The smell of lavender has a soothing and calming effect on many people. Cultivated fields of the purple flower can be stunningly beautiful.
The lotus is a flower steeped in symbolism. It is worshiped in some religions. It is associated with purity, resilience, rebirth, and resurrection.
This flower has petals in all the colors of a rainbow! Did you know? You can make a multi-colored flower like this one by putting food coloring in the water of a white cut flower.
The spruce is an evergreen tree similar to a pine tree. Can you tell the trees apart? Hint: Spruces have single needles, while pines have needles in groups.
Oak trees grow in many parts of the world. They are stately and long-lived, often associated with honor, strength, and nobility.
Bushes are woody plants similar to trees, though they grow closer to the ground. Some bushes like this one produce flowers.
Carrots are root vegetables. They have feathery, fern-like leaves on top. Carrots are associated with bunnies, snowmen, and good eyesight – though the latter is a wartime legend.
The mum or chrysanthemum is associated with well-being, happiness, and friendship. They are often also a symbol of the autumn season.
Bleeding Heart Flower
The bleeding heart flower has unique hanging blossoms that look like a broken heart leaking drops of blood. Sometimes, they represent romance and passionate love, at other times broken heartedness and unrequited love.
Many plants grow as vines, including beans, cucumbers, and grapes. They twine themselves around other plants, buildings, or man-made supports.
How many flowers from this list have you drawn? Now, you can plant them in your very own garden!
Cherries are a tasty, berry-like fruit that grows on trees. Do you like to eat your cherries as a snack or use them to top your favorite dessert?
Lilacs are purple or white flowers found in Europe and North America. They symbolize spring and renewal. In ancient times, some people thought they were magical.
Did you know? Bamboo may look like a tree, but it is actually a very large grass! The wood from bamboo is used for many things, and the plant is the favorite food of pandas.