This is a tutorial for a general 5 petal flower template with free printable and SVG designs.
It is probably the easiest paper flower to make. It is a great beginner flower that doesn’t require a cutting machine.
It is also quite satisfying for seasoned paper flower crafters looking for something to add to their repertoire.
In terms of paper flower making, most designs fall into a few different bucks. There’s the individual petal designs. These designs are great for having lots of control over the design of each petal and how they are assembled together. They do take a lot of time to both design, cut and assemble and I tend to stay away from these designs because it just takes the fun out of it when it takes so long.
On the other end of the spectrum is the rolled paper flower where all the petals are cut attached to one another and is typically a spiral of petals. You can do some variation on the petal designs but they tend to have a similar look. While you don’t have a lot of control over the specific position of each petal with respect to each other, they are fast to assemble. You just roll, glue, and move one to the next. These are great for shadow boxes and other projects where you need a lot of paper flowers.
Layered paper flowers are somewhere in between in terms of control and effort. There is more variety in the shape of petals and it’s not too bad to put together.
However, there is one drawback to layered paper flowers. These paper flowers are not ideal for bouquets since they are relatively flat but they really add an extra wow factor to home decor projects like shadow boxes and wreaths.
This set of 5 five petal paper flowers are free and available in my resource library.
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Materials for five petal flower template layered flower
Cardstock – I love using metallic shimmer cardstock for these paper flowers which is what I used in the photos. Here are some of my favorite brands for cardstock that I use for paper flowers.
- Recollection Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Glue – I like tacky glue but a glue gun works too
It is also possible to make this just using scissors.
Tutorial for a general 5 Petal Layer Paper Flower
While the petals may differ for each design, the method for putting the flowers together stays the same. Here are my tips for cutting and assembling layer 5 petal paper flowers.
Step 1: How to cut 5 petal paper flower
As I mentioned earlier, you can cut these by hand. I like to do all my paper flower template cutting with my Cricut cutting machine. This design is relatively simple and doesn’t need a sticker mat so I like to use a light grip blue mat for cutting. I find the light grip mat is much easier for clean up.
Step 2: Curl the petals
I like to use a rigid edge or a credit card to do this part. As you can see, you don’t need a dedicated scraper. Here, I am just using the scraper that came with my Lodge cast iron pan.
I think a basic scrap with all the petals going in one direction looks great but you can always experiment with different curl directions.
Step 3: Glue the layers together.
I like to play around with this step. Sometimes I will invert a curled layer to add more dimension to the flower. If I do that, I will glue where the petals touch.
Otherwise, just stacking them from biggest to smallest also works great.
You can also add spacers between the layers to create more depth. Double-sided foam tape is great as a spacer that doesn’t weigh too much.
It’s really quite straight forward. For some of the petal shapes, I will skip a layer. In other ones, I invert the base layer. There are many ways to assemble this basic paper flower.