Paper Sunflower Tutorial: How to Make Classic Paper Sunflowers
There is no other flower quite like a sunflower. Since I have already conquered a large paper sunflower, I decided it was time to add a small paper sunflower tutorial to my paper flower collection. In time, I feel I may come up with another giant sunflower variation though!
This paper sunflower tutorial will make you feel bright and cheery in no time. And because I love color so much I decided to mix in non-traditional colors for an extra unique pop!
As always let’s visit our supply list real quick and then get started!
- Glue Gun
- 65-pound cardstock
- Scissors and/or cutting machine (Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine)
- Thin wooden dowel for rolling
- Paper Blooms shaping mat and tool set (optional)
- You can always view my full tried and true supply list here!
Cut out your petals
You will have 2 petal sizes for the sunflower petals plus the sunflower center pieces. To get started on your paper sunflower tutorial cut the following number of petals/fringe pieces out.
- Larger sunflower petals – 2
- Smaller sunflower petals – 2
- Fringe center pieces- 16-20
If needed, cutting machine measurements are in the description of the tutorial video on Youtube, linked below.
To create the center of the sunflower we will slightly fold the fringe down by bending it with your fingers.
If you do not have a cutting machine then you can just cut out 7 inch by 1/2 inch strips and cut small slits all the way down using regular or fringe scissors as shown in the first photo set above.
When making the sunflower center it can be helpful to glue and overlap 2-3 strips at a time and then roll them together.
Beginning at one end start rolling the fringe center piece inwards. Add glue as you go every few rolls to keep it tightly together.
Continue rolling till you have used 16-20 fringe pieces. The whole center will probably take you 5-7 minutes to roll. You center will measure between 2-3 inches once made.
Moving onto the the sunflower petals. We will curl each petal using a thin wood dowel. A pencil can work as well. I’m curling all the petals of the larger sunflower cuts backwards. For the smaller sunflower layers I am curling 1 backwards and then alternating for the 2nd cut. You can mix it up here. A sunflower is very forgiving. 🙂
In the video you will see me using my shaping mat and rolling tool. If you do not have one then you can use your fingers to bend the petals up or pick one up here!
Starting with your 2 largest petal layers glue them together – one on top the other. Try to alternate the petal layers so they are not directly stacked.
Continue the same way by gluing on the 2 smaller petal layers. For my last petal layer I am curled 2 petal points inwards and 2 backwards. Again, there is no exact right way to do this.
To complete the sunflower, glue in your center! You can watch the full video below and if you want to learn how to stem this sunflower take a look at that video below as well!
I loved creating these especially since I really played with color here. Whatcha think? How would you use this paper sunflower tutorial? Tell me below! And if you enjoyed this please be a pal and share!
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