Love is in the air and, for me, that means finding new ways to bring a touch of cupid wherever I go. I’ve been working on a special something to share and it happens to be perfect for Valentine’s Day. I mean, who doesn’t love a good paper flower garland? So, today let’s get crafting and figure out how to make paper flower balls with this step-by-step tutorial.
We will work on the flowers and also the garland so by the end of this post you’ll be all set to bring a touch of romance to your home, office, party, or classroom. At the end of this post, you’ll find two step-by-step video tutorials as well as a FREE download of the small pomander flower template.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
How to Make Paper Flower Balls- Step-By-Step Tutorial
- Templates: The templates include pre-sized PDFs & SVGs for making 3 different size flower balls.
- 65lb Card Stock
- Scissors and/or cutting machine
- Rolling tool & mat (Optional)
- Thin wood dowel for curling
- Glue Gun
You will be making 2 roses and gluing them back to back to create the pomander.
- Cut 12 petal layers total. Six for each rose.
- Cutting Machine Measurements are:
- Small pomander – 3 x 3 inches
- Medium pomander – 3.7 x 3.7 inches
- Large pomander – 5 x 5 inches
- Greenery – any size you prefer. I scale mine between 2.5-3.5 inches
- All sizes are made the same way
Using my ruffle rose template we will make 2 roses and glue them back to back.
Cut out 6 petal layers for 1 ruffle rose.
Use a thin wood dowel to curl all the petal’s edges inwards. Repeat for all petal layers.
Use my Paper Blooms shaping mat & tool set to help the petals stand up. Of course this is optional- but OH so helpful!
If you are using the mat, roll the center of all 6 pieces. If you are not using the mat just make sure to bend the petals up when we get to the assembly.
To start assembly, first, add glue to the bottom of one petal layer and gluing it on top another. Make sure to alternate the bottom petals with the top layers so that they are not directly stacked.
Add your 3rd petal layer the same way. Folding the petals up slightly as you glue it in.
For the remaining 3 petal layers, we will fold them up and tuck them all in the same direction.
Once you have them all tucked the same direction twist the bottom slightly. This helps it stay in place.
Glue into the center & fan it out a little once it’s glued in.
Repeat the tuck and twist with the last 2 petal layers.
Tuck and twist your last petal layer and make sure it’s twisted tightly at the bottom before gluing it in so the bud center always stays tight.
Glue the final piece in.
Your ruffle rose is complete. Now repeat the whole process to create a second rose.
We will now glue the 2 roses back to back to create the pomander flower ball. You will naturally see how they meet together like a fitted puzzle piece.
If you want to hang them, use some ribbon or twine to glue between the petals. Or, follow the step-by-step garland tutorial below to add some greenery to your vines.
When using twine or ribbon- add a bit of glue between 2 petals that naturally overlap and glue in your twine. This is perfect for wedding aisle decor (and so many other uses!)
This is a perfect Valentines Day, Wedding, Spring-Time, or anytime decor piece. However you choose to use it, I know you will love it!
Watch the FULL Video Tutorial Here:
Here is how to make your Paper Flower Balls into beautiful garland: