How To Animate A Flower Blooming (Easy Guide)

I love to read, and I enjoy making little gifts for people. So when I found a guide on how to make a bookmark that animates a flower blooming while you’re reading your book, I knew it was the perfect project for me. 

Plus, who doesn’t like flowers? The best part is that this project only takes about an hour, so it’s ideal if you want to make something fun but don’t have much time or money!

Flower Blooming Animation Tutorial in After Effects

Sure, here’s a single column takeaway table based on the title without any dashes:

Takeaways from “Animating a Flower Blooming”
Identify the type of flower you want to animate.
Research the movement of the flower to create a realistic animation.
Use an animation software to create your animation, such as Animatron, Adobe Animate or After Effects.
Adobe Illustrator is a great tool for creating flower illustrations.
Practice is key to creating more realistic and smooth animations.

Choose The Right Materials

Before you begin, it’s important to choose the right materials. I used cardboard, velcro and paper for mine. 

If you want to make your own animation flower, here’s what I recommend: * Cardboard (you can use anything sturdy as long as it can be folded without tearing)

  • Velcro (the kind used in clothing is best)
  • Markers/coloured pencils

The following steps will show how I made my animated flower.

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Make A Template

You’ll want to start with a template. This will help you get the size of your flower right, and it will make it easier for you to draw without having to measure every single petal and stem.

To make your template, take a blank piece of paper and draw two parallel lines on it using a ruler or other straight edge. 

Then use these lines as guidelines for drawing the outline of your flower you can make it as simple or complex as you like by using circles or triangles within this outline shape.

Next, use pencils to fill in each area of petal detail based on what kind of flower you’re trying to animate (more details below). 

Then add stems and leaves if necessary (if they’re part of your design), center them around where there’s already color visible on the page, then erase any extra pencil marks so that only those parts remain for now.

Draw The Outline Of The Flower On Paper

To begin, you will need a pencil and a ruler. Start by drawing a circle. Then draw a triangle inside the circle by making two lines that intersect at their points. 

Next, draw petals on the flower using curved lines that come out from the centre of each petal (this is called an “outline” or “guide”).

Draw your stem next by drawing three straight lines coming up from your centre point to meet in one place at the top of your flower. Finally, draw some leaves at the bottom of your stem!

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Draw Your Flower Points On Paper

Now that you’ve got the basic idea of how to animate a flower blooming, let’s look at how you can put this into action. The first step is to draw your flower points on paper.

Each petal will consist of 2 parts: an outer edge and an inner edge (see illustration). Next add in more detail to your flower points by drawing small circles at their tips (this will be important later when we create our animation). Finally, add some leaves!

Add Petal Details To Your Flower Drawing

Now that you’ve added the major petals to your flower drawing, it’s time to add some details. Follow these steps:

Use a ruler and pencil to draw straight lines. If you’re drawing freehand, use an ellipse as a guide for the outer edge of each petal (as shown in step 5).

Use a compass or protractor to draw circles. Since you already drew an ellipse for each of your flowers’ outer edges, all you need are concentric circles with different diameters! The smaller circle goes on top; it should have about half the diameter of your larger one.

Add shading using pencil or colored pencils. Shading gives depth and volume to all objects in three-dimensional space even if those objects are flat like paper or computer screens! 

You can also use this technique when drawing leaves on trees or other foliage at ground level (not just flowers).

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Cut Out The Flower Drawing

To create your own flower, you will need:

A sharp knife or pair of scissors. If you have paper that is too thick for the blade to cut through easily, use a utility knife and cut away the excess with a ruler.

A ruler or straight edge to make sure all of your cuts are even and neat.

A cutting mat (optional). If you’re using an electric knife, place a cutting mat underneath so that when it starts to vibrate from friction with the countertop, it doesn’t get hot enough to melt through your work surface and ruin everything nearby!

Trace The Flower Drawing Onto Cardboard

Now that you’ve drawn your flower, it’s time to transfer the drawing onto cardboard. You’ll want to use a pencil so that the lines are light and easy to erase later on. 

The first thing you’ll do is trace around your drawing with a ruler so that all of the lines are straight and even (a ruler will also help keep the size of your petal consistent). 

This can be done by eye or using an image editing program like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop but if you’re aiming for accuracy, tracing over it with a ruler will ensure that every line is crisp and uniform.

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Cut Out The Bookmark Shape And Color It In

Now, you’re going to cut out the bookmark shape and color it in. You can use a ruler to ensure that your bookmark is straight. 

Use a pencil to color in your bookmark on both sides of the cardstock, making sure that it’s a dark shade of blue, purple or green (a lighter shade will not show up well on camera). You can use markers or crayons for this step as well.

Make Your Page Into A Cardboard Square With A Slit In It

To make your book into a cardboard square, measure the width of your book with a ruler and cut out that piece of paper. 

I used a hole punch to make a slit in mine, but there are other ways to do it as well. You can cut lines with scissors or use an X-ACTO knife if you want to get fancy. 

It doesn’t really matter how big or small the slit is; just be sure that it will fit over your pages when they are folded down!

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Glue Velcro To One Edge Of The Paper Square

Using a glue stick, attach the flower drawing to your bookmark.

Use a piece of tape to hold the paper in place while you work on attaching the velcro.

Next, place the flower drawing face-down on top of your bookmark, aligning it with its edges. Stick velcro strips along one side edge of each sheet and press firmly into place so that they are secure but still movable (i.e., not glued). 

When you’re done gluing all four sides of your bookmark’s edge, flip over both pieces and check that everything looks right before proceeding!

Glue Velcro To Each Edge Of The Bookmark

  • Glue velcro to each edge of the bookmark.
  • Make sure you choose a type of velcro that can be sewn through, as it will need to be attached in layers.
  • You can buy this at your local craft store or online, and it comes in several colors and sizes depending on what you’re using it for.
  • If you don’t have any on hand, we recommend using hot glue instead; just make sure not to use too much!

Lay An Open Book Flat And Put The Bookmark Inside

Lay an open book flat and put the bookmark inside.

Now, find a flower or plant that you want to animate. Make sure it’s not too big and that it will fit into the book without being cramped or smooshed up against anything else in there. 

The book I used was small enough to hold all of those things together still looking pretty, but if yours is larger than this one I would suggest using a smaller plant or flower with fewer leaves (or perhaps just one leaf) so that they don’t obscure any text on your page as they move around!

Close The Book And Slide In Some Folded Up Notes

After you’ve finished with your animation, close the book and slide in some folded up notes. Use any book you have, as long as it is a hardcover. 

The best books for this purpose are ones that have a lot of text or illustrations on each page, so that when the pages are bent back and forth quickly with each turn of the page, the pages will move more slowly than if they were just blank white sheets.

Examples include:

  • A copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (any edition)
  • Any thick textbook from college or high school (Chemistry 101: Cracking The Code Or Anatomy Of The Brain)
  • Your favorite children’s novel

After Animation Instructions

1.Save your animation project, and export your animation in a desired format.
2.Close your animation software and any related programs.
3.Get a hardcover book – any book will do.
4.Fold up some notes to slide into the book.
5.Slide the folded notes into the book and close it.
6.Store your animation files in a backup location, such as an external hard drive or cloud storage.

This table provides instructions for post-animation activities. It outlines the steps needed to save and export the animation, close the software, and store backups of the animation files. In addition, it provides instructions for a fun and creative way to organize notes by sliding them into a hardcover book.

You’re Done! You Can Now Animate Your Flower Blooming!

You’re done! You can now animate your flower blooming!

You can make more than one bookmark. Just add the page number of each frame to the bookmark text and create a new bookmark.

You can make different shaped flowers if you wish by changing some values in code or using other materials for your blossoms or gift card holders (or both).

Finished Product

1.Identify the type of flower you want to animate.
2.Research the movement of the flower to create a realistic animation.
3.Utilize an animation software such as Animatron, Adobe Animate or After Effects to create your animation.
4.Create/Use flower illustrations to support your animation using Adobe Illustrator.
5.Practice and refine your animation skills to create more realistic and smooth animations.
6.You’re done! You can now animate your flower blooming!

This table summarizes the steps needed to animate a flower to bloom. Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll have a finished product that showcases your animated flower. The final step confirms that the user has completed all the steps and can now confidently animate their flower of choice.


Flower blossoming is an awesome way to add some interest to your game. It’s also a good way to help players feel like their actions are having an impact on the world, which can be useful for making them feel more invested in your game.

And if you want to take things a step further, you could even have flowers wither away after they’ve bloomed! 

This could help give your game that extra layer of depth and complexity that makes it stand out from other titles in its genre.

Further Reading

If you want to learn more about animating flowers or illustrations, check out these resources:

How to Create a Growing Flower Animation with Animatron: An in-depth tutorial on how to create a flower animation using Animatron, a popular online animation tool.

Create a happy, heart-shaped flower in Adobe Illustrator: A step-by-step guide for creating a heart-shaped flower illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

Create a heart-shaped flower: Another tutorial on creating a heart-shaped flower, but this time from Adobe’s official Illustrator help documents.


What tools do I need to animate a flower?

To animate a flower, you will need an animation software, such as Animatron, After Effects or Adobe Animate.

Can I create flower illustrations with Adobe Illustrator?

Yes, Adobe Illustrator is a great tool for creating flower illustrations. You can follow the tutorials listed in the ‘Further reading’ section to get started.

How can I make my flower animation look more realistic?

Practice is key to making more realistic animations. You could also try observing the movement of real flowers and incorporating those movements into your animation.

Can I animate different types of flowers in the same animation?

Yes, you can animate different types of flowers in the same animation. You will just need to create the different types of flowers separately and then include them in your animation.

Are there any free tools for animating flowers?

Yes, there are some free animation tools, such as Pencil2D or Synfig, that you can use to animate flowers. However, keep in mind that more advanced tools may have a steeper learning curve.