Real flowers can quickly become expensive, but they are not a requirement for lovely decorations. Although there are many types of artificial flowers, paper varieties can be the most unique. This DIY giant paper flowers and free template, from Anna of Download and Print, shows you how to make one style.
Tip: These are big “statement piece” flowers; some petals takes up a whole piece of paper each. If you prefer to make them smaller or a variety of sizes, scale the template file to something other than 100% when you print.
You can also find several ideas for different types of paper flowers, with buy link, after the tutorial.
DIY Giant Paper Flowers. Step-by-Step Tutorial with Template
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- Printer-friendly cardstock in any color. Look for weights in the 28 lb. to 90 lb. range. The higher the number, the stiffer your flowers will be. (Anna uses 65 lb.)
- Glue gun (optional)
- Some type of cylinder about 1/2″ in diameter (like a glue stick, for example).
- Printable template
Step 1: Download, Print, and Cut Template
Prepare your printer ahead of time. You will need at least 11 pages of whatever color paper you choose for each flower.
- Download the free PDF template here (a new window will open when you click), then print it.
- Cut around the petals and along the line at the base.
- Cut the center (stamen) and the base.
PRO TIP: When cutting out the stamen, cut is as a circle first using the ends of the “leaves” as a guide. Then remove the V shapes by cutting toward the center. This two-step method is much easier and results in crisper cuts than cutting the stamen all at once.
Step 2: Shape Petals
Make three stacks of petals according to their size, printed side up. Find something you can roll the petals around, such as glue stick. You want to create loose curls, so a pencil will be too narrow, but something about 1/2″ in diameter will work well.
Curl the tip of the petal stack around your rolling tool, rolling about 2″ of the petal tips. Move to the left of the tip and the right of the tip and repeat the roll. You are aiming to curl the petal tip from different angles to give it a more realistic look. Curl each stack of petals, always toward the printed side.
Step 3: Tape Petals
Cross over the two flaps at the base of each petal, and secure with tape on the printed side. You’ll end up making a V at the base of the petals. Try to keep this V the same size and shape on each petal. This, together with curls you created in the last step, creates an S curve on the petal. Each petal should have the same S curve, with the petal tips curling down.
Step 4: Attach Petals
It is time to begin assembling your flower.
- Position the circle base with the center circle up.
When placing the petals, use the circle as a guide, laying them around its perimeter. Also, always place the petals printed side down, they should have the same curve with the tips curling down.
- Start with the biggest petals.
You will be attaching them with glue or tape, or a combination of both. To more firmly attach this bottom layer, Anna likes to put down a strip of glue on the base, then reinforce it by tapping down each petal. You could also use a glue gun.Place the first large petal along the center circle guide, then the second petal opposite the first (see the first two pictures above). Then fill in either side with the two remaining petals.
- Move onto the medium petals.
The four medium petals should also be placed to hug the center circle. Proceeding just as you did with the large petals, except place them so the medium petals are centered over the join between the larger petals.
- Finally, place the small petals.
Similar to the second layer, these petals should be staggered over the medium ones, hiding the join. Don’t worry if tape shows in the center, as the stamen will hide this.
Now your flower is really starting to take shape!
Step 5: Finish with the Stamen
The last step is to attach the stamen.
- Before adhering, crumple it up a little to give it a more realistic finish: Fold the stamen in half, then unfold. Fold it in half the other way, then unfold. Keep folding and creating creases until you are happy with the effect. Go for imperfection!
- Place a dot of glue in the center of the flower and stick down the stamen.
Your flower is complete!
If you plan on making multiple flowers to create a photo backdrop or other decoration, grab your maids and make a fun night of it. Use the production line method things will move along quickly:
(1) Cut all the petals,
(2) arrange them according to size,
(3) curl and shape them, then
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More Paper Flower Designs
This, of course, is not the only style of paper flower you can make or buy. Here are some additional suggestions, plus these and other paper flowers are here.
- Top Left: These luscious 2″ flowers from Kara are flat on the back and can be attached with a drop of glue or tape, making them perfect for a variety of projects.Among other ideas, she suggests using as scatter on tables, attaching to a clear line for garland, or as a decoration on favors. You can choose from 16 colors.
- Top Right: If you prefer a more unique look, Christine sells these spiral flowers, made from sturdy paper.This set has blooms ranging from 1/2″ to 2″ across. She can also add stems for a bouquet or a center pearl. Look through her store for other colors.
- Center Left: Peonies like these from Ksusha are wonderful eye candy in bouquets or centerpiece decorations. They are 4″ – 5″ across, made from crepe paper, and have stems.Perfect for permanent use after the wedding in a vases at home. You can get them in many different colors.
- Center Right: Flower walls are impactful as a backdrop for photos or behind a table.This collection with huge 19″ and 12″ flowers is even more so because of the bloom size. Mrs. Wade sends you eight 19″ flowers and ten 12″ flowers, complete with leaves, as well as instructions on how to fluff the tissue paper (they are shipped flat) for the effect in the photo.Take a look at her other listings to create a custom design with your own number, types, and colors.
- Bottom Left: This artistic design of hydrangeas, roses, and leaves is gorgeously perfect as a backdrop at the nuptials.Mira can create these in any color combination. All you have to do is ask.
- Bottom Right: Lyndsi’s interpretation of a scene from Alice in Wonderland resulted in this delightful bouquet:”A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red.”Even more delightful, these roses are made from actual pages of the book, and on the bottom of each flower is an illustration by John Tenniel (the famous artist who created the Wonderland character images).
She sells the blooms individually, with 8″ stems, so you can create an arrangement with any size and red/white color combination you’d like. Also, if red (or Alice) isn’t your thing, take a look at Lyndsi’s store, where she sells book page roses in numerous colors.
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