I created a bunch of free Cricut paper flower templates that are available in my resource library.
These Cricut rolled flowers are really fun to make and great easy starter projects for any paper flower crafts.
I love using rolled paper flowers for wall decorations or even party centerpieces. They look great in a shadow box frame or just by themselves on a blank canvas.
Rolled Paper Flower Templates
Sharing is caring so I’ve made my templates free for everyone. (update: I have since cleaned up my templates and made them more symmetrical so it doesn’t look exactly like this photo, but better:)
I’ve included 12 rolled flower SVG files in this set. These paper flower templates are free for personal use and limited commercial use. (feel free to sell the flowers, please just don’t redistribute the flower svg)
Materials for Rolled Flowers – Templates, Cricut, Glue and Cardstock
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Cardstock – I prefer to use cardstock with colored cores for rolled paper flowers. They are easier to cut without snags and they look better. Here are some of my favorites for making rolled paper flowers:
- Neenah Collections Assorted Set from Amazon – Basic primary 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
- 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 use Tacky Glue but a hot glue gun works as well.
Templates – These rolled flower SVG templates are free and available in my resource library.
Cricut Flower Template Tutorial
Step 1: Cut out the paper flowers from the free SVG templates
I use my Cricut to cut these rolled paper flowers. I’ve cut hundreds if not thousands of paper flowers using my Cricut at this point.
I know the general consensus is to use the Standard Grip mat but I find it really tedious to clean the green mat. Plus, something happened to these recent batches of Standard grip mats, they are super sticky and peel off in chunks.
My preference is actually a fresh Light Grip mat. These designs usually do fine with the blue mats. Using the Light Grip mat makes cleaning a breeze.
Step 2: Start rolling the paper flower template
Starting from the outer most edge, start rolling the cutout. I like using tweezers mostly because I already have them. Some more serious people using specialized quill tools. I can’t be bothered.
You want to start the roll rather tight, you can always loosen it later if that looks better to you.
If you are using heavier cardstock, you might want to curl the starting end with a scraper or credit care so it bends more easily.
Step 3: Secure the Rolled Flower
After a few turns, secure the center of the flower with a paper clip or bobby pin. This is not totally necessary but I find it is easier than holding the tweezers in place.
I also like keeping the clip in place while the glue is drying, it adds a little more control to the end look of the rolled flower.
Step 4: Complete the rolling
Now roll the whole thing. A quick note on my templates, on some of the templates, the start end of the template does not fit the rest of the outline. I did this purposely because it rolls better. If you don’t like the look of it, simply just cut that part off.
Step 5: Glue and Secure the paper flower
Fold the circle tab underneath the roll and glue in place.
I like using Tacky Glue for rolled flowers because it is inexpensive and non-toxic. However, you do have to hold it in place for a good 10 seconds if not longer. The stiffer your cardstock and the more tightly you’ve rolled it, the longer you’ll have to hold it in place.
If you are impatient and love using hot glue guns, that will go much faster. Just add some glue and hold for 5 seconds and it will set.
In terms of how tight or loose you want the rolled flower, I like it not super tight. I have a different set of rolled paper flowers (Deluxe Set of Rolled Paper Flowers) that I have designed for a tighter roll. I like to set it loose and let it unwind a bit as the glue is setting.
A few additional tips:
I sometimes like to use masking tape to hold everything in place while the glue is drying. Sometimes a hair elastic works too.
Alternatively, you can just use faster drying glue like the hot glue gun.