I love the Anemone flower, it is so simple and whimsical.
They come in all different colors in nature from pinks to purples to white. I made a rich purple one here for this tutorial but they are all beautiful.
I’ve made two different types of anemones in this tutorial.
For the first one, I chose to use tissue paper because it is the most inexpensive and has an airy feel similar to the real flower
The second one is made with my Cricut cutting machine and is better suited for cardstock.
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Tissue Paper – I started out with a pack of assorted colored tissues paper like this one from Amazon. I only used the pale pinks and neutrals but its fun to play with other color combos. Plus, the assorted packs have metallic pieces too which make for great accents.
Cardstock – I like to use medium weight cardstock with colored cores. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- 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.
Floral wire – I used one similar to this one from Amazon.
Thick Green Masking Tape – I like this one from Amazon.
Glue – I like to use either a polymer based glue or a hot glue gun but anything will work here.
Template – Both Anemone templates are available in SVG and printable formats for free in my resource library.
How to Make a Tissue Paper Anemone
Step 1: Cut the petals using the template
Step 2: Bunch the base of each petal
Step 3: Tape the center piece to the end of the floral stem and wrap in concentric circles.
Step 4: Start with a 6 inch piece of floral tape and start taping the petals around the center in concentric circles.
Step 5: Make the base leave using the masking tape. This is the reason I prefer the thicker masking tape, so I can cut leave like shapes to cover the base of the flower.
Step 6: Rearrange petals for balance.
How to assemble a cardstock anemone paper flower
Step 1: Cut out the templates
I like to use a light grip mat for the petal strips and a standard grip mat for the more intricate center pieces.
Step 2: Curl the petals
I like to use a scraper device or a pair of scissors work too.
Step 3: Optional painting
I thought it would be nice to do some watercolor painting on the base of the petals but this is totally optional.
Step 4: Glue the petal loops together
I like to use the tiniest dab of glue on the end tabs. The less glue the faster it dries.