DIY Iris Unicorn Rainbow Flowers- Large Rainbow Paper Flowers

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The magic & fun of unicorns is taking over my crafting heart this week and creating something spectacular – Large Rainbow Paper Flowers! Everything about these brightly colored beauties is just what any unicorn admirer could dream up! I teamed up with a fellow creator and friend over at Press Print Party to bring you all this rainbow unicorn goodness!


Follow my Step-By-Step instructions and get ready for a bright & exciting color explosion!

DIY Iris Unicorn Rainbow Flowers- Large Rainbow Paper Flowers

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Step By Step Instructions

You will have 8 Petals in each layer. Each of the 8 petals will be a different color.

Cut the following number of petals:
Extra Large: 8 Petals
Large: 8 Petals
Small: 8 Petals
Extra Small: 8 Petals
5 layers for an XL flower or downsize to a large by subtracting the XL Petal. Downsize to a medium by subtracting the XL & Large Petal.

Let’s get started on our DIY Iris Unicorn Rainbow Flowers- Large Rainbow Paper Flowers

DIY Iris Unicorn Rainbow Flowers- Large Rainbow Paper Flowers

Step 1: Cut out all of your petals. Then cut 2-inch slits at the bottom of each petal and overlap slightly with glue.

Step 2: Use a marker, pencil or dowel to curl back the top edges of the flower petal. (I’m using my brands rolling tool here. Click HERE to check it out)


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Step 3: Repeat with all of your petals. You should have 8 Petals for each layer. For this tutorial, there will be 5 layers since we are making an XL flower. I have 8 colors present for each layer. One for each petal.


Note: With my other flower tutorials I use a circle bases. Today, I’m introducing the ‘Petal Perfect Bases.’ This base comes with the DIY Iris Unicorn Rainbow Flower & can also be purchased separately. The Petal Perfect Base helps you keep petals in a neat circle.

Step 4: You will be gluing each petal over each segment of the petal perfect base. There are 8 sides. One for each petal. Add glue to the bottom of the back and glue onto the base as shown. Your petals will not fit perfectly on each side since we want the petals to overlap to achieve the correct look.



Step 5: Glue the next petal onto the next segment. Here you can see my two petals roughly line up with each side of the octagon base. Keep going with the next 6 petals the same way.

All of my petals align with each side of the petal base.


We will now move onto the second layer of large petals.

Step 6: I started the 2nd layer with my dark purple petal. To create a spiral look you will want to glue the large dark purple petal to the right of the XL purple petal. Your dark purple large petal should be between the XL dark purple and the XL lighter purple petal.


Step 7: Follow the color pattern and glue the lighter purple flower petal in between the lighter purple XL petal and the lavender XL petal.

Step 8: Keep going until your 2nd layer is complete with 8 large petals.


We will now move onto the third layer of large petals.

Step 9: I’m starting with the dark pink petal. Glue it in between the dark pink large petal and the dark purple large petal from the previous layer.

DIY Iris Unicorn Rainbow Flowers- Large Rainbow Paper Flowers

Step 10: Add in the next petal (mine is the light pink). Keep going until your 3rd layer is complete. You should be picking up on the repetitive pattern we are doing here and start to notice a spiral forming.


Step 11: It’s now time to move onto the 4th layer. I will keep repeating the exact same pattern with the colors.


Step 12: Finally add in the 5th layer of extra small petals the same way we did the last 4 layers.


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Step 13: To finish, add in a pompom center. Basic pompom PDF instructions included with the templates or opt for a fun swirl pompom center {Click HERE for instructions}

There you have it. A beautiful, fun, unicorn magic filled tutorial to brighten your party, nursery, and/or home decor! How would you use this flower? Tell me below!

Large rainbow paper flowers.

Follow along step-by-step with this video tutorial

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  1. They are gorgeous the way they fit together amazing tutorials will be making some in the near future to put on my sewing room wall thank you so much

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