Paper Flower Tutorial

Paper Flower Tutorial

paper flower tutorial

Paper Dahlia

I’ve been promising a paper flower tutorial for a while. And I’m here to tell you that I finally have it ready for you all! Trying to decided which flower I wanted to make for my first tutorial was more challenging that I thought it was going to be.

There are so many great ones to choose from. I have a lot of my own designs that I will share with you all eventually. But for now I’m choosing the Dahlia flower to share with you.

It is more time consuming than some of the others, but it’s simple at the same time. All the petals are the same size and there aren’t many different steps to completing it.

There is hot glue involved so be careful! I know that I am always burning myself with the glue gun. So I went out and got one with two temps, low and high, and I still burn myself! I’m not sure I have fingertips left lol!

So lets begin with the items that you will need for this project.

Items needed:
  • Glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • 7″ circle cut from cardstock
  • bone folder
  • 64-72  3″ squares in the color of your choice

You can choose any color for the 7″circle because you won’t be able to see it when you’re all done with the flower. Now these measurements can all be changed depending on how big or small you want your flower. There really is no right or wrong when it comes to the dahlia.

I made one with 4″ squares and glued it to a 6″ circle and ended up using less petals as a result. I have also made one with 2″ squares on a 5″ circle for an even more different result. It’s all about what you want. There’s really no way to mess this one up.

So let’s begin with folding the edges of our squares. And the reason we do this is so they don’t crease when we glue them into the cone shape. Take your bone folder and curl the corners so they bend easily. (sorry I forgot to take a picture of this process. I get so caught up in my work!)

You can go through and do this to all the petals at once or do one at a time as you glue them into the cone shape.

I find it easier to glue them all at once. Once you have that done you can place them on the circle and glue them into place one layer at a time.

Don’t  mind the mess on my desk, crafting is messy!

I like to lay all the pieces down and make sure the spacing is how I want it before I begin gluing them to the circle.  Now the second layer will go in between the gaps from the first layer.

paper flower tutorial

Here it is after the third layer. You just keep building it up until there’s no room for anymore petals. The end results are always worth it! I think cutting the paper and rolling it into cones is the most time consuming. But once that is done, it comes together fairly quickly.

Here is the finished product. I hung it from an old frame I had painted white.  I think it looks beautiful all framed!

If you would like a video tutorial let me know in the comments or send me an email and I’ll give it a try.

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