I wanted to make a bouquet of paper flowers for my mother-in-law which were also child friendly to create. These flowers needed to last rather than be glorious for a brief moment in time. So I went hunting for paper flower instructions. There were so many fantastic origami and kusadama examples, and although I've made a few in my time, I didn't have time for this. I eventually came up with this modification of an idea I found while trawling the Internets.
Coloured paper - regular A4 sheets are great, preferably coloured on both sides
Straws - green if you can find them
Choose coloured paper that will give your flower some punch - even full colour glossy magazine pages would work well. Your paper needs to be rectangular to allow for the cuts required.