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Giant Hibiscus Paper Flower Tutorial

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Learn how to make yellow, orange, and pink giant hibiscus paper flowers with this fun and colorful paper flowers. Image text reads “Summertime paper blooms: how to make large hibiscus paper flowers”

Are you ready for another one of my giant paper flower tutorials? Today we are going to create the national Hawaiian flower – the delightful hibiscus! To add a little flair to our project, I thought it would be fun to make a giant hibiscus paper flower since its beauty is larger than life. The Hawaiian hibiscus is bright, fun, and perfect for a special party, get-together, or simply as a festive summer-time decoration around the house.

As we get ready to start, it’s important to remember that we want to do our best to make our paper flowers as realistic as possible. This will create a more aesthetically pleasing and well-crafted flower. Because a hibiscus has very few petal layers, we will mimic that in our design.

How to make large paper hibiscus flowers

For most of my giant paper flower tutorials, I use 4-5 layers of petals, but we will only have four layers of three petal shapes for the giant hibiscus flowers. (If you were making a large one like the yellow hibiscus, you would only use two petal sizes.)

This DIY giant hibiscus paper flower tutorial includes a supply list, step-by-step instructions with pictures, a complete video tutorial on my YouTube channel, and a link to purchase my giant hibiscus paper flower template.

Let’s start crafting!

A close-up of two yellow and orange giant hibiscus flowers with pink centers and green leaves.


Giant Hibiscus Paper Flower Supply List

Here is a rundown of supplies you will need to make these large paper hibiscus flowers. If it’s your first time here, be sure to view my supply page for a complete list of all my favorite paper flower craft supplies!

How to make large paper hibiscus flowers

How To Make Giant Paper Hibiscus Flowers

Before you begin, be sure you have all the supplies you need and a clear, clean area to craft. These DIY giant paper hibiscus flowers are great for beginners and creating them doesn’t take much time at all.

Step 1: Creating the Petals

Cut the following number of hibiscus petals using either scissors and my printable PDF file, or a cutting machine and my SVG file:

  • 6 to 7 extra-large petals (the first layer)
  • 6 to 7 large petals (the second layer)
  • 8 medium petals (third and fourth layer)
  • 3 hibiscus centers
  • 1 3/4-inch circle for the backside

Pro-Tip: If you are just making large hibiscus paper flowers, eliminate the extra-large petals and start with the large petals. The large petals will become your first layer.


Step 2: Creating Petal Veins (Optional)

With the giant hibiscus or any paper flower, adding vein details on the petals creates a nice finish to the flower petal and is relatively easy. Using a shaping mat and embossing tools or similar items, lay your petal on the mat and draw lines from the bottom to the top. Give firm pressure but try not to puncture the paper.

Abbi creates veins on this giant orange hibiscus petal by drawing lines with an embossing tool.

Your petal should resemble my petal below. Don’t be afraid to be generous with the veins. Likewise, don’t get worried about them being perfectly straight either.

Abbi shows the fully veined finished giant hibiscus paper flower petal - a large orange paper petal with realistic details and leaf veins.


Step 3: Petal Slits and Edge Curling

After you’ve finished drawing the veins, you can cut your bottom petal slits and overlap the cut edges. Most hibiscus flowers in nature are very open blooms, so I recommend cutting the slits on the deeper side for a more open flower.

Once you have overlapped the edges, give all your petals a gentle curl backward.

Image shows a slit cut at the base of the orange paper hibiscus flower petal, to allow for a wide, natural looking open bloom.
This image shows how to curl the large orange paper hibiscus flower petal for a natural look that mimics real hibiscus flowers.

Step 4: Building the First Petal Layer

Start building your first layer. Take one of your extra-large giant hibiscus petals and glue most of the bottom of the petal to another extra-large petal, slightly overlapping the bottom of the second petal. Repeat this process until you have a ring of glued together extra-large petals.

A finished yellow paper hibiscus and 3 orange petals - the start of a giant orange paper hibiscus flower. The extra-large petals begin to form a ring when glued together.


Step 5: Attach the Circle Backing

Finish your first layer then use your circle punch to cover the back and create a base.

Six large orange paper hibiscus flower petals glued together, overlapping to form the base layer of the giant hibiscus flower.


Step 6: Building the Second Petal Layer

Your second layer of six large petals comes next. Begin by gluing most of one side of a large petal to the extra-large layer. Be sure to place your hibiscus petal over the break line of two extra-large petals as seen in the picture below. Repeat gluing and overlapping the large petal layer.

Two layers of orange hibiscus flower petals layered together to create a giant hibiscus paper flower bloom. The petals overlap and lay open like a real bloom.


Step 7: Building the Third Petal Layer

For the third layer, use only five of the eight medium petals. Glue the first medium petal to the second layer, placing the petal over the break line of the second layer. Add the next four petals in the same manner as the rest of the layers. Remember to put aside 3 medium petals for the final layer.

Shows three layers of orange paper hibiscus flower petals, each overlapping. The third inner layer of flower petals uses 5 medium size paper flower petals.

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Step 8: Building the Final Petal Layer

Create the final layer with the remaining 3 medium petals as you have done for the rest of the giant hibiscus paper flower. See the image below to get a sense of how the petals overlap.

An orange giant hibiscus paper flower with all four petal layers glued into place. The petals overlap and the bloom is open and curled outward.


Step 9: Create and Add the Hibiscus Center

To complete the hibiscus, we’re going to add a center that resembles the hibiscus stamen.

  • Using your shaping mat, roll the center to make each of the paper stamens stand up.
Abbi uses an embossing tool and a shaping mat to press the center of the red paper stamens down, which makes their leafy ends stand upright.
  • Glue the three hibiscus stamen pieces together at the circle center, then glue the stamen group into the center of the hibiscus.
Two red leafy hibiscus stamen centers are glued together. These go in the very center of the giant hibiscus paper flowers to give them natural, real-life like centers.

Pro-Tip: This hibiscus center with the traditional stamen is best created using a cutting machine. If you do not have a cutting machine, you can create the basic pompom center which still makes a great final look!

Two finished orange and yellow giant hibiscus paper flowers are adorned with green paper leaves.


Giant Hibiscus Paper Flower Video Tutorial

Find the full hibiscus video tutorial below.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this giant hibiscus flowers tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it! You can find more free giant paper flower tutorials here.

How would you use these tropical beauties? Tell me in the comments!

Image shows a group of pink, yellow, and orange giant paper hibiscus flowers. Text overlay reads “Easy Hibiscus Paper Flowers: Templates & Instructions”

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  1. I am trying to make these, are able to make them with two layers

    1. Yes, you can just use 2 petal layers if you’d like to downsize.