Paper Sunflower Tutorial: How to Make Classic Giant Paper Sunflowers
Sunflowers are one of the most beloved blooms! I have captured a giant paper sunflower once, years ago with a rosette inspired center. I decided it was time to reinvent the large sunflower with a new and improved center that was more true-to-life like a sunflower in nature!
If you love this giant paper sunflower, be sure to check out my small sunflower template design perfect for bouquets and arrangements!
This paper sunflower tutorial will make you feel bright and cheery in no time. Here are some fun ways you can use these big bright blooms!
- Craft room wall decor
- Wedding/event backdrops
- Nursery decor
- Free-standing flower
- Photography props
- As a gift to a loved one
Here are the supplies you will need/want to create these giant paper sunflowers!
- Glue Gun
- 65-pound cardstock
- Scissors and/or cutting machine (Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker machine)
- Thin wooden dowel for rolling
- Sunflower templates – find them here directly or shop on Etsy! (looking for more flowers? Check out my Giant Paper Flower Bundle or my best-selling ebook, The Art of Giant Paper Flowers!
- You can always view my full tried and true supply list here!
Cutting Machine Users
For those of you using a Cricut machine or similar cutting machine, the templates are pre-sized for you. If you are new to Cricut, check out this post on how to upload SVG cut files!
Cutting by Hand
This sunflower template can absolutely be cut by hand with just scissors! The petals are very easy to cut out. Now for the center, I want to show you an alternative faster than trying to cut the PDF center printable.
Essentially the center is just a long fringe strip, so I recommend cutting 11 inches by 1.5-inch strips of paper and then using fringe scissors to add the same effect! Here’s a photo of what this would look like!
Cut out your petals
You will have 4 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.
- XL sunflower petals – 10
- Large sunflower petals – 10
- Medium sunflower petals – 10
- Small sunflower petals – 10
- Fringe center pieces- 25-30
Once you have the petals cut out, you will need to prep then cut 1.5-2 inch slits at the bottom center and slightly overlapping each one. Next, curl the petal backward using the thin wood dowel or a pencil. I prep all my petals the same way.
To see the full assembly process click here to watch the video or scroll down and hit play! If you have questions after watching the video leave me a comment below!
Paper Sunflower Video Tutorial
I loved creating these giant paper sunflowers. Whatcha think? How would you use this paper sunflower tutorial? Tell me below!
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