One of the reasons I love creating paper flower templates is how easy they are to make for any season, theme, or style. Summertime is a wonderful season to craft, especially with kids out of school. Today’s tutorial will teach you how to make giant Hawaiian-style paper flowers perfect for a tropical theme party! This Hawaiian paper flower tutorial is easy enough that kids can enjoy this as a Summertime craft too!
In addition to my Hawaiin flower design, I also created a similar tropical wallflower made almost the same way. The Alana style flower’s petals have a slightly different shape, and I will show you how to create four layers instead of only two like the giant plumeria Hawaiian blossom.
Need more summer crafts? Check out my giant hibiscus-style paper flower, crepe hibiscus, and free plumeria flower tutorial.
Supply List of Giant Hawaiian Paper Flowers
- Glue Gun
- 65 lb card stock
- Circle punch
- Scissors and/or cutting machine. Cricut Explore or Maker machines will work. Are you interested in purchasing a Cricut? Take a look at my complete buyer’s guide!
- Fringe scissors (optional)
- Rhinestones and half of a foam ball (optional) See our jewel center tutorial here!
- Hawaiian giant flower templates
Cutting Out Your Hawaiian Flower Petals
- Extra-large petals – 7
- Large petals – 7
- 1 medallion center
- Extra-large petals – 6
- Large petals – 6
- Medium petals – 6
- Small petals – 5
Watch the full Hawaiian flower video tutorial below or scroll down for a picture tutorial!
How to Make Hawaiian Paper Flowers
Unlike my other flower tutorials, no slit will be cut at the bottom of the petal for this flower. Instead, we will be rolling the flower at the bottom and creating a cone shape.
It’s fun to cut the large petals of the Hawaiian templates in a different color for a cool ombre layered look – this is optional but creates a delightful color contrast.
Love ombre and the ease of creating cone petals? – then, you will love my giant Dahlia rolled wallflower design here.
Build Your Hawaiian Flower
Start building the Hawaiian flowers by gluing one side of the petal to the inner side of another petal. Keep going will you have used all the petals meet together in a circle. When gluing the petals be sure to close the flower and pinch the petals together until the hot glue is fully dry.
Glue your 3-4 inch circle over the back. Flip your flower over and glue the medallion in the center on the front side.
Optional: Add a jewel center to the middle! You can make these yourself or buy a lovely brooch or accent piece.
Alana Style Tropical WallFlower Video Tutorial
Alright, so the Alana flower is made the same way despite a slight difference in the petal shape, and I will show you how to create four layers instead of two. I created both the Alana and Hawaiian flowers to compliment each other, making them perfect for a party flower backdrop!
You can find the Alana templates here, watch the full video tutorial below, or scroll down for a picture tutorial.
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Just like with the Hawaiian flower, roll all your petals into cones – the large, medium, small, and extra small Alana petals.
Glue all six petals together and add the circle base just like before. Alternatively, to help keep your placement, you can also fold the circle into thirds to create six-segment guides for your petals and glue each petal to the circle base.
Alternate Your Petals
From there, it is pretty simple. You will add each petal in between the petals below it to alternate and are not directly stacked. The tip of each cone you are adding in will naturally slightly tilt forward into the middle of the flower – this is where you want to add your glue for the best connection.
Continue this pattern until you have all four petal layers complete for your Alana-style flower.
I ended up with six petals in layers 2-3 and 5 petals in layer 4 – this may vary for everyone according to individual style and the placement of your petals.
Once my petals are together I like to place a circle over the center for a more finished look and it helps create a flatter surface for my center to be glue to.
How would you use these to decorate a party or room? Share your ideas below in the comments!
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