I have a new appreciation for shimmer cardstock after this paper flower (made on the Cricut).
Actually, this one is simple enough that you can probably just cut it by hand. I’ve been wanting to design a magnolia for some time and I finally got around to it.
It turned out better than I expected. The particular way the leaves curl on this flower is really well suited for metallic paper.
Material for Paper Magnolia
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Cardstock – I really like this one from Amazon but in general, I like to use medium weight cardstock (65lbs) with colored cores. Here’s some of my favorite brands:
- Recollections 65lb Cardstock from Michaels
- Favorite Assorted Pink/Blush 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Favorite Assorted Purple 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon
- Neenah Collections Assorted Set from Amazon
- Kraft Cardstock from Michaels
Glue – I like tacky glue but a glue gun works too.
Template – I design one that is free for everyone.
This Magnolia Paper Flower template is available and free in my resource library:
Tutorial for Paper Magnolia
Step 1: Cut your petal strips from the template
Step 2: Glue each petal strip into a loop
Step 3: Curl the outer loop petals outwards. Curl the inner/smaller loop petals inwards
Step 4: Smear some glue on the base circle and place the larger loop on the base.
Step 5: Glue the inner loop to the base making sure the petals are offset.
Step 6: Cut by hand the extra strip of paper to make frills
Step 7: Roll the fills strip and glue to the center of the flower