How to Make Giant Paper Flowers
This Giant Paper Flower Tutorial is our easiest step by step beginner’s tutorial.
The instructions I’m teaching you today is basically an updated version of the “Easy Method when DIY-ing any Giant Flower” post that made our blog so popular! This method I am teaching you below is wonderful because it is a simple method that can be applied to successfully create any giant flower template, no matter the petal shape.
Giant flower are great to use at any event from weddings, to baby showers to even home decor! And a lot of people want to know how to to this for themselves to customize it just like they want.
- Flower templates (sign up below to receive this one for FREE! Or shop all my signature templates here!)
- Glue gun
- Scissors or Cricut machine
- 176 gram weighted/65lb Card stock
- Wooden dowel
- 3 inch circle punch
- Update: I made this Petal Curling Variation video for more unique ways to make your flowers!
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I am using my Priscilla style flower template in this tutorial, which I am providing for free to you when you sign up above!
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.
Begin by laying you template on your card stock of choice and trace your petals.
Largest base petal– 6-8 cuts
2nd layer– 6-7 cuts
3rd layer– 6 cuts
4th layer– 5-6 cuts
If you are using a machine skip down to step 3.
Cutting machine measurements in inches
- Extra large 7.5 x 10.5
- Large 5.5 x 8.5
- Medium 4.5 x 5.5
- Small 3.5 x 4.5
- Extra Small 3 x 4
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 inch, slightly less on the smaller petals.
Now to start building the giant paper flower begin with the 1st layer, put glue on the inside edge and over lap 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 over lap 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 fat 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 precede to over lap another petal at about a 45` angel and press firmly for a second or two.
Continue in this fashion until all the base petals meet together forming a circle in the center of the flower. Watch the angel 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.
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.
Add in your extra small 5th layer of petals.
To create the rolled center fold a piece of card stock in half length wise, cut the paper down the middle. Lay the 2 pieces on top one another and fold in half again.
Begin cutting slits all the way down the paper.
Separate the two pieces after you are through cutting all the slits.
Open the fringe piece up, flip inside out and glue the open ends together.
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!
Keep reading below to learn how to make a giant leaf!
Giant Paper Leaf
Use your leaf template to trace onto card stock like we did with the petals.
Fold your leaf in half.
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!
View Priscilla flower video tutorial here
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