We are vacationing in Hawaii soon so I was inspired to design this paper hibiscus flower.
I actually ended up designing 2 Hawaiian flower templates each with a slightly different stamen.
These little paper flowers are so simple to make and add a tropical feel for any craft or decor project.
I didn’t quite have time to make enough to create a leis but I did manage to add them to a cute card perfect for any occasion.
This one was super straight forward on the Cricut. I just had to make a good template that would give a nice 3d effect to the flower.
While the petals are simple enough to cut by hand, the stamen pieces are a little bit more intricate and I would highly recommend cutting it with a cutting machine.
Materials for DIY Paper Hibiscus Flowers
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Bright Colored Cardstock – I like using medium weight (65lbs) cardstock with colored centers for paper flowers. I highly recommend the non-textured cardstock especially if you are cutting it with a cutting machine. The textured cardstock tends to fray easily and falls apart for more intricate designs. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Cricut Joy Insert Card Packs – You don’t have to use these with the Cricut Joy, they are nice material kids for cardmaking.
- 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
- Poptone Assorted Variety Pack – This is the perfect peppy assortment of colors of heavy cardstock. It’s a heavy cardstock assortment with colors I actually use frequently for cardmaking.
- Seasonal Assorted Variety Pack – This is a slight variation on the Poptone assortment and has a quite few neutrals that complement almost any accent color.
- 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.
Tacky Glue – Or a glue gun.
Template – This Hawaiian hibiscus flower template is free in both SVG and printable PDF formats in my resource library.
Tutorial for DIY Hawaiian Paper Flower
Step 1: Cut out the hibiscus template
I cut my templates out using the Cricut cutting machine. I like to use fresh blue mats for this kind of projects. They are easier to clean up and have enough grip for this design.
If you must use textured cardstock, I would recommend using a standard grip mat. The textured cardstock tends to slide around a bit on the lighter grip mats.
Step 2: Glue the tab at the end of the petals strip to the end
I have 2 designs in the templates set. If you are just using the flat 5 petal designs, you can go ahead and skip this step.
Step 3: Attached the hibiscus stamen
Dip the edges of the centerpiece on a dot of glue and place in the center of the flower
Depending on the end projects, Sometimes I curl the petals with a scraper. If you don’t have a scraper, you can always just use a credit card or any type of straight edge.