Carnations get such a bad rep, they are cute and versatile flowers that can complement any bouquet.
While I’ve made the rolled carnation type of paper flower before, I wanted to redesign something that gave a little more control over how the petals offset each out.
So I came up with a semi-rolled layered paper flower template that hopefully looks closer to the real thing.
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Materials for Paper Carnation
Cardstock – it is really important to use medium weight cardstock with colored cores for this one. Otherwise your flower petalls will look super frayed. 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.
Glue – I like to use either a polymer-based glue or a hot glue gun for this project:
Templates – This paper carnation template is available for free both in SVG and printable formats in my resource library.
How to assemble the Paper Carnation
Step 1: Cut out the templates
I used a blue light grip mat for this paper flower. It is intricate but still doable on the lighter grip mat.
Step 2: Fold the petals,
I like to do a gentle crease down the middle of the petal vertically.
Step 3: Start with the smallest topmost layer of the cutouts.
I like to glue this smallest layer into a bulb first. Then I glue that to the the base of the next largest layer.
Step 4: Glue the petals to the bulb
I then glue each petal to the center bulb.
Step 5: Glue the petal strips into a loop
The less glue the better, the faster it dries.
Step 6: Continue with the rest of the layer in the same manner.
I like to go from the smallest layer to the base largest layer. As I glue each layer to each other, I try and offset the petals. This is a very forgiving template design so it doesn’t have to be positioned perfectly.