How to Make Large Paper Flowers
Making paper flowers is so fun and there are so many wonderful tutorials out there! I want to share the simplest method I’ve found for easily learning How to Make Large Paper Flowers. It’s no doubt that people want to DIY for their events like never before these days and this is a wonderful way to accomplish that!
Giant flowers are great to use at any event from weddings, to baby showers to even home decor – nursery wall decor is a really popular choice for large paper flowers! A lot of people want to know how to do this for themselves and to customize the paper blooms just like they want.
This easy paper flower method I am teaching you below is wonderful because it is a simple process that can be applied to successfully create any giant flower template, no matter the petal shape.
This flower tutorial will show a very simple curling of the petals but there are plenty of ways to mix up how the flowers will turn out this these Petal Curling Variations.
How to Use Giant Paper Flowers
Over the past 8+ years I have seen thousands of you create these blooms and received plenty of questions on how to display your paper craft. Check out all my resources on how to hang giant paper flowers, create a free-standing backdrop, a tabletop backdrop or even how to stem a large paper flower!
Supplies For Crafting Giant Paper Flowers
- 65 pound cardstock
- Wood dowel
- Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker machine (optional)
- Glue gun
- Everly style templates (try this template for free inside my Freebie Vault!) If you love the pompom SVG file I use in the video below then you can grab that here!
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Easy Giant Paper Flowers Video Tutorial
Watch the tutorial in full below or scroll down for an alternate approach!
I am using my Everly style template in this tutorial, which I am providing for free to you when you sign up! If you prefer something different don’t worry I have over 50 different giant flower templates! Files are all compatible with cutting machines and easy to use for those who want to hand cut instead, which is the method I will be using here..
For hand cut method- You will need to print out the templates from your computer onto a heavy card stock cut the templates once and use these to trace over the card stock you will use to actually build the flowers from.
Step 1- How to Make Large Paper Flowers
Begin by laying you template on your cardstock of choice and trace your petals.
- Large petal 1st layer– 6-8 cuts
- Medium petal 2nd layer– 6-7 cuts
- Small petal 3rd layer– 6 cuts
- Extra small petal 4th layer– 5-6 cuts
Note: If you are using our extra large Everly design you would start with the XL petal as your 1st layer and cut out 7-8 petals.
Notes for machine users:
Petal measurements: Extra large 7.5 x 10.5 Large 5.5 x 7.7 Medium 3.9 x 5.3 Small 3.0 x 4.1 Extra Small 2.5 x 3.7. If you are using a machine skip down to step 3.
Once completed these templates make about a 17 inch flower in diameter! The video tutorial below will explain how you can make large, medium and small paper flowers with the same templates!
Cut all your petals out once you have finished tracing.
You can make this process quicker by stacking 2-3 sheets on top of one another and cutting several out at once. Use binder clips to help keep paper from moving.
Now you want to cut slits at the bottom center of each petal, about an 1 1/2 inches, slightly less on the smaller petals.
Now starting with the 1st layer put glue on the inside edge and overlap the slit, but not too much or your petals will be too tight when assembled to get all the smaller layers in. Do this with all the petals. You can overlap a little more on the 3rd & 4th layer
Next you will curl all the petals back. You can do this by hand or use a thick wood dowel or a pencil works too.
Assembly time. Starting with your 1st layer base petals, you want to add some glue to the outer edge of one petal and proceed to overlap another petal at about a 45`angel and press firmly for a second or two. Note: this is different than how I teach in the video above with the 6-sided base. My petal perfect bases can be very helpful for beginners. Once you gain confidence you can try the method below.
Continue in this fashion until all the base petals meet together forming a circle in the center of the flower. Watch the angle of placement as you go around making sure you leave enough room for the petals to come together evenly at the end of the circle.
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Use a circle punch or cut out a small square if you don’t have one to glue over the open bottom.
Start the 2nd layer of petals alternating between the base petals as shown above
Continue alternating petals adding the 3rd layer
Continue alternating petals adding the 4th layer.
Step 11 – Creating a Pompom Center for Giant Paper Flowers – No cutting machine
The pompom center below is a simple approach to creating a center without having a cutting machine. If you do own a Cricut machine then be sure to grab the pompom center svg templates here so you machine can do the work for you!
To create the rolled center fold a piece of cardstock in half lengthwise, cut the paper down the middle. Lay the 2 pieces on top one another and fold in half again.
Separate the two pieces after you are through cutting all the slits.
Starting rolling the first piece adding glue along the edge as you go. Optional—you can use the dowel to make the rolling easier.
After you finish rolling up the first piece continue by adding on the next one.
Glue the center in and admire you pretty flower! I hope you have enjoy this tutorial to help you learn how to make large paper flowers!
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How to Make a Giant Paper Leaf
Adding a giant leaf can be the perfect finishing touch. If you are more into delicate paper vines then take at look at how to make that happen here!
Use your leaf template to trace onto card stock like we did with the petals.
Fold your leaf in half down the middle.
Begin folding back and forth like you were making a paper fan.
Open the leaf up and add it to your pretty flower. Give yourself a pat on the back for being so smart and learning to make your own DIY giant flowers!
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