I’ve always loved how bright and elegant orchids are! Orchids in nature are challenging to keep up with, so I am delighted to share this paper orchid tutorial in collaboration with Michaels Craft Stores.
I crafted these beauties from pink and purple cardstock with the help of my Cricut Maker machine! Abbi Kirsten Community attracts many crafters from beginners to pros. For those newer to creating paper crafts visit my full paper flower supply list and my expert collection of frequently asked questions which will have you make wow-worthy flowers in no time!
This paper orchid tutorial is beginner-friendly, and as a special treat, I am providing the SVG orchid templates as a free SVG – download below!
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Supplies Needed to Make DIY Paper Orchid Flowers
Let’s review the supplies for this paper orchid craft project:
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore plus Cricut tools (if you do not have a cutting machine I have PDF printables so you can still enjoy this lovely flower!) Interested in a Cricut? Read why I love mine here!
- 65-pound cardstock paper – I used purple paper, pink paper, and green paper.
- Paper-covered wire (used as the center stem)
- Thin floral wire (used for each orchid bloom)
- Floral tape (helps attached the blooms to the thick floral stem)
- Cricut light blue mat
- Glue gun
- Wood dowel
- Distress ink and Ink sponges (use distress ink and sponges to add color variation to the orchid. This is optional.)
- Orchid templates (download below!)
How to Make Super Easy DIY Paper Orchid Flowers
Once you have all your supplies together, it is time to create these stunning flowers. You can learn how to make DIY orchid flowers by watching my YouTube tutorial or by following my step-by-step instructions with pictures. Make sure you download the free orchid template first.
Download Orchid Templates
Download these free orchid paper flower templates in SVG cut files and PDF printable format by signing up below, then check your email to set your free account password.
If you are already a member, then log into your account right here and find it in the Small Paper Flower section or type in the search bar DESIGN #21 and voila! You have your freebie!
Step-by-Step Paper Orchid Tutorial
Below is a picture tutorial of the orchid creation process. Follow along and learn how to make paper orchids for yourself!
- Cut the paper orchids using my Cricut templates. If you don’t own a Cricut cutting machine, you can use scissors.
- Place a sheet of cardstock onto the LightGrip mat and then load the paper into the machine. Press “Go” when prompted.
- Once cut, gently peel the mat away from the cardstock. Then gently peel away the cut designs.
- Repeat for each color of cardstock.
- (OPTIONAL): To enhance the look of your paper orchids, use some distressed pigment ink and a small sponge to add some color to the center of the orchid blooms. For example, I used a dark pink pigment on light pink cardstock. This adds dimension to your flowers.
- Shape the paper flower petals by gently creasing down the center, then curl backward using the dowel rod. Do this for all petals. Curl the two center pieces inwards as well.
- To assemble the paper orchid flowers, use your glue gun to place a dot of glue in the center of the 3 point petal, and place the 2 point petal on top, right in the center.
- Glue the floral wire tip at the flower’s center. We will assemble the orchid’s center right on top of this wire tip. Make sure the wire is secure.
- Glue the two center pieces together, then glue them on top of the wire in the center of the assembled petals.
- Repeat this process for 3 to 6 paper orchid blooms.
- Wrap the thicker floral wire in corsage tape. This makes the green more natural-looking.
- Trim down any orchid wires that are too long.
- Prep corsage tape by ripping off strips and placing them aside.
- Starting at the top, add each orchid bloom to the thick floral wire with corsage tape. If you made different size paper orchid flowers, you want the larger flowers towards the bottom and the larger ones on top.
- Work progressively down the floral wire until you have as many orchid flowers as you want.
- (OPTIONAL) You can add leaves as desired. I like to curl them with a wood dowel. Add them to the base of the floral wire with a little bit of glue and add another leaf to the opposite side to create a mirrored image.
I like to place my paper flower orchids in a lovely vase, but you can do whatever you like!
Print out this DIY paper orchids craft project using the craft card below, and don’t forget to share photos of your completed paper flowers in the comments!
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