How To Draw a Sunflower 🌻 – Step by Step for Kids

How To Draw a Sunflower 🌻 – Step by Step for Kids

The happiest looking flowers on the planet! Sunflowers are guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day because of their vibrant yellow color and generous long petals. If you want to brighten someone’s day, it would be a great idea to learn how to draw one. Sunflowers are amazing doodles to put on your homemade holiday cards to mom, grandma, your teacher, etc. They’ll appreciate it and it will brighten their day instantly! Without further ado, let’s start drawing!

This tutorial and our many others are suitable for ages 3 to 8.

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How To Draw a Sunflower Step by Step for Beginners and Kids Final Picture

🖍️ Tools For Success

🎨 Parents: The only tools you need to use these how-to-draw tutorials are: an eraser, a pencil, and a piece of paper. But – if you have them around – a sketching pencil makes for fainter and softer lines that help kids build fine motor accuracy. I also recommend going over the sketch pencil with a black outline marker when you’re done for a neater finish. Lastly, erase the pencil marks before adding color.

Step-by-Step Guide on How To Draw a Sunflower

  1. You may think sunflowers are complicated for drawings, but we will start doing the basic: circles. Draw a big circle, then inside it, draw a smaller one to be your disk florets.  
  2. Just around the base, draw many ovate-shaped petals to fill in the area. The number of petals will depend on how big or small is the disk and petals of your flowers. 
  3. Draw the ovate-shaped petals evenly all around the center of the floret disk. It looks harder than it seems so take your time. Tip: Draw on each side one ovate petal and when you have one petal on each side, fill in between with petals so you can keep petals even and space consistently. And just like that, it looks like a flower already!
  4. Beneath the petals, draw two slightly curved lines parallel to each other but connected with a short horizontal line below them. Then, put two ovate-shaped leaves on each side of the stem. 
  5. That’s a beautiful sunflower! Let’s put some more life to it by coloring the disk florets brown, the petals a bright sunny yellow, and the stem and leaves green.

Finished? Let’s Get More Creative

Are sunflowers always bright yellow? That was my question too before I noticed I’ve seen tons of sunflowers in different colors; I just didn’t know they were sunflowers yet because they were not that signature bright yellow shade. Sunflower can actually come in many shades and even gradient tons of copper, red, brown, orange, and all of the above in between.

Do you have watercolors or color pencils handy? Here’s my challenge for you! Draw a sunflower with a gradient of both yellow and red. Do you like the yellow sunflowers more or do you like the cool dual-colored sunflowers?

Sunflowers Facts for Kids

  • Each sunflower has thousands of teeny flowers.
  • In the morning, you should harvest the sunflowers, not in the afternoon.
  • The Americas are native to sunflowers and were domesticated around 1000 B.C.
  • A dried sunflower makes a bird feeder that is special and all-natural.
  • Red sunflowers come from fresh flower seeds and are one of the simplest plants to produce. The red sunflowers only need little care and are not unique to the conditions of the soil.
  • As many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds can be found in each sunflower.
  • Tournesol,” meaning “turns with the Sun.” is the French word for sunflower.
  • The tallest sunflower was over 30 feet tall on record. Coming in at 30-feet, 1-inch, Hans-Peter Schiffer, who had owned the record twice before, planted the bloom in Germany.
  • To help suck up radioactive radiation, sunflowers have been cultivated.
  • Sunflowers have been used for medicine, dye, food, and oil, and were exported around 1500.
  • Sunflowers attract bees, making them useful in beekeeping areas where individuals are trying to attract more bees.
  • There are more than 60 sunflower species that exist across the globe, some of which have striped petals.
  • The only flower with the word ‘flower’ in its name is the sunflower.
  • The sunflower is the Kansas state flower and Ukraine’s national flower.
  • Sunflower oil is also a fantastic conditioner for leather, as well as a conditioner for hair.
  • Sunflowers are receptive to the sun’s path. In the morning, sunflower buds face east and follow the sun as the ground shifts during the day.


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