DIY Giant Paper Amaryllis Flowers: Template and Tutorial

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Giant, large, and small paper amaryllis flowers in shades of blue and purple with green leaves.

It’s time for another giant paper flowers tutorial! I have designed many giant flower templates over the last several years, but it occurred to me that I haven’t released a new large flower design in many months! So I set out to create a new faux paper flower project inspired by the amaryllis flower’s vibrant blossoms. These DIY paper amaryllis flowers can be used in decorations for any holiday season, or as the best way to tell someone to feel better by gifting them a floral arrangement of amaryllis flower blooms in a glass vase. 

Recently I have been a busy bee crafting cactus plants and shaker confetti cake toppers, but I always feel most satisfied with my work after I complete a new design for giant artificial flowers. The faux amaryllis flower petal is unique when compared to my traditional wider petals, and with the use of metallic cardstock, the depth of the petal center turned out better than I imagined.

How To Downsize The Paper Amaryllis Flowers 

Like all my large paper flowers, this new Amaryllis flower can easily be made in a variety of sizes. If you wish to downsize the flower by one layer, subtract the use of the extra-large petal to a large. Likewise, you can deduct the extra-large and large petals to downsize to a medium and so forth with a small.

You can still create 3 or 4 layers to keep the flower full, but only use 2 or 3 of the smaller petal sizes instead of all five-petal sizes for an overall smaller flower – and I go over this at the end of the full step-by-step video tutorial below!

Pro-Tip: If you are new to the world of Cricut cutting machines, then check out my new guide to the FAQ for machine users when crafting paper flowers!

An overhead view of varying size paper amaryllis flowers in shades of purple and blue, surrounded by smaller blooms and green leaves.

Paper Amaryllis Flowers Supply List

Optional (if you wish to add color to the center or edges of your blooms)

Necessary

Pro-Tip: Like all my other designs, these templates come in a printable PDF file, SVG cut files, and PNG images so you can easily hand-cut with scissors or use your favorite cutting machine.

How To Make Amaryllis Flowers: Video Tutorial 

For a more detailed tutorial, I have created a paper amaryllis flower tutorial on YouTube. You will get complete instructions as well as helpful tips and tricks like how to create smaller versions of the amaryllis bloom. Step-by-step written instructions are below.

How To Make Amaryllis Flowers: Step-By-Step Instructions

With all my newer giant flower releases, I always include at least one of my Petal Perfect bases to make achieving an even petal look flawlessly easy, even for a beginner. Amaryllis comes with an 8-sided base but you can also play around with six or only seven petals per layer. View all my petal bases here!

An overhead photo of a light purple paper amaryllis flower, with green leaves and smaller surrounding flowers.

Step 1: Preparing Your Petals And Paper Amaryllis Flower Center

Although white and shades of red amaryllis are more common, I made mine purple. You can choose any color or size you want. These instructions are for a giant (XL) amaryllis bloom. 

For each flower, you will cut out eight petals in every size – one for each side of the 8-sided base, and then 4-6 center stamen petals.

  • Extra-Large Petals: 8 petals
  • Large Petals: 8 petals
  • Medium Petals: 8 petals
  • Small Petals: 8 petals
  • Extra-Small Petals: 8 petals 
  • 8-sided base: 1

Pro-Tip: If you choose to add more dimension to your full blooms by adding color to the center of the petals, do this before you begin Step 2. 

Stacks of prepared purple amaryllis paper flower petals are ready to use. Abbi demonstrates how to overlap the petal slit ends to create the petal’s shape.

Step 2: Shaping Your Petals

To shape your petal:

  • Cut about a 1.5 to 2-inch slit at the very bottom.
  • Then crease the petal down the center gently.
  • Curl each top edge backward with your wood dowel or pencil. 
  • Finally, overlap and glue the slit at the base – but only slightly! An overlap of about halfway is good. Using glue and a slit is the perfect way to shape your petals and it avoids using difficult floral wire

Step 3: Layer Amaryllis Petals On The Base

Once you have prepared your petals all the same way, you will begin adding them around the octagon base, largest to smallest. I’m using my 8-sided Petal Perfect octagon base. Each side holds an extra-large petal. 

  • Add glue to the base of one of your extra-large petals.
  • Attach it to the base on one of the 8 sides. 
  • Add the second extra-large petal next to and slightly overlapping the first petal on the next side of the base. 
  • Continue going around the base, adding extra-large petals to the base and overlapping the previous petal. 

Once the 8 extra-large petals are glued to the base, start the process over with the large petals. You will also overlap the large petals with the large petal next to it. 

  • Place the large petals so that they are above and in between two of the extra-large petals below it so that the petal layers alternate. You’re going to continue exactly the same way that we did with the last layer.

When all 8 of the large petals are glued to the base, begin the third layer of medium petals. Alternate the medium petals over the large petals. 

After you glue all the medium petals to the base, continue with the fourth layer of small petals and after that, add the fifth layer of extra-small petals. Always overlap and alternate the petal position with the two petals beneath it. 

Make sure all the Amaryllis flower petals are blooming in the same direction and their placements look uniform. 

Step 4: Attach The Amaryllis Flower Center

Putting a center in your amaryllis blooms is super easy. I offer many different types of stamen centers on my Youtube channel, like fluffy pompom centers. For these paper amaryllis flowers, I will be using the yellow stamen center that comes with my paper amaryllis template. 

  • Cut out between 4 and 6 of the stamen centers. 
  • Add glue to the middle of one stamen cutout, and glue another center cutout on top. 
  • Do this with four of your layers. Try to place the cutouts in an alternating pattern. 
  • Gather the array of center cutout petals and fold them upwards. 
  • Glue the fluffed-up stamen center to the middle of your amaryllis flower.

The center doesn’t have to be symmetrical but you do want to create some dimension. If you want you can add more of these you could open the stamen petals up a bit and add one or two more cutouts. I don’t suggest using more than 6 layers for this center design. 

Now we have a finished giant paper amaryllis flower! 

I think this design makes beautiful flowers, and it’s probably going to be one of my top favorites. You can use faux amaryllis flowers for so many things because they truly brighten up a room and make fantastic table centerpieces. 

I’d love to see how your paper amaryllis flowers turn out, so be sure to join my community here and show off your talent! If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below!

For more paper flower projects, check out my tutorials here!

To see how you can use these as a photo backdrop, check out my PVC frame tutorial here!

A collage of photos showing how to make purple paper amaryllis flowers, with the graphic “Amaryllis Inspired Giant Flower” written above.
An overhead closeup photo of paper amaryllis blooms in deep purple, lavender and turquoise blue. The flowers have green leaves and are adorned with smaller flowers.
A close-up of a giant purple and blue amaryllis flower blooms, surrounded by smaller flowers and green leaves.
DIY Giant Paper Amaryllis Flowers

DIY Giant Paper Amaryllis Flowers

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate

Looking for stunning, exotic DIY faux flowers? Make your own giant amaryllis paper flowers using these free templates and full video tutorial!

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare Your Petals And Paper Amaryllis Flower Center

    • For each flower, you will cut out eight petals in every size – one for each side of the 8-sided base, and then 4-6 center stamen petals.

    Step 2: Shape Your Petals

      • Cut about a 1.5 to 2-inch slit at the very bottom.
      • Then crease the petal down the center gently.
      • Curl each top edge backward with your wood dowel or pencil.
      • Finally, overlap and glue the slit at the base – but only slightly!

      Step 3: Layer Amaryllis Petals On The Base

      • Add glue to the base of one of your extra-large petals.
      • Attach it to the base on one of the 8 sides.
      • Add the second extra-large petal next to and slightly overlapping the first petal on the next side of the base.
      • Continue going around the base, adding extra-large petals to the base and overlapping the previous petal.
      • Once the 8 extra-large petals are glued to the base, start the process over with the large petals.
      • When all 8 of the large petals are glued to the base, begin the third layer of medium petals. Alternate the medium petals over the large petals.
      • After you glue all the medium petals to the base, continue with the fourth layer of small petals and after that, add the fifth layer of extra-small petals.

      Step 4: Attach The Amaryllis Flower Center

      • Cut out between 4 and 6 of the stamen centers.
      • Add glue to the middle of one stamen cutout, and glue another center cutout on top.
      • Do this with four of your layers. Try to place the cutouts in an alternating pattern.
      • Gather the array of center cutout petals and fold them upwards.
      • Glue the fluffed-up stamen center to the middle of your amaryllis flower.

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