Whether you are making floral letters for weddings or
a party centerpiece, making them with paper flowers is the way to go. They last forever and can be made way ahead of time.
I find the rolled paper flowers to be the best flower for this project because they are easy to cut and fast to roll. When you have to make a bunch of them in different sizes, efficient paper flower making will save you a lot of time.
I have made free templates for both flowers. Get your free templates and tutorials starting with these rolled paper flowers sent to your inbox:
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Materials for DIY Floral Letter
Cardboard – I use either a shipping box or cereal box depending on the size you want.
Glue – Any kind of glue works for this. I used rubber cement but a glue gun works just as well.
A cutting machine is not totally necessary but it sure makes making the flower go much faster.
Tutorial for Paper Flower Letters
Step 1: Make your flowers in at least 2 sized. The more size variation the better. Here’s the simplest paper flower out of all of my collection, streamer flowers.
Step 2: Position the finished flowers on the cardboard or whatever base material you choose.
Measure the height and width of the letter.
Step 3: How to make over sized cutouts
Sometimes, I just draw my letter by hand. It doesn’t have to be perfect because the flowers will cover most of it. But if you want more guidance, I find the Arial font to be best as a simple template. Just print a really large version of the letter.
If you are making this on your Cricut, you will need to slice the letter to the size of your material.
Start by typing the letter on the canvas. Then adjust the height and width of the letter to the measurements you took in step 1.
Create a shape slightly less than the size of your material. For example, I have 12×12 inch piece of cardstock so I made my square 11.4 x 11.4 inches.
Cover part of the letter with the square and slice. Make sure the other piece fits on the square. Then go ahead and “make it”.
Step 3: Slice your base cardboard
With my top layer cardstock, I trace the letter onto the cardboard. I usually just cut this part by hand using a sharp knife.
Step 4: Overlay the cardstock to line the base.
I like to use rubber cement for this step but any glue works.
Step 4: Assemble with tape or glue
I like to place the flowers back on the cardboard letter and position everything before gluing.
Quick note on the base for the floral letter:
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There are many options for how to present the floral letter. I like using just a cardboard cutout and leaning it against something.
A shadow box also works great. I love this rustic shadow box from Amazon for a farmhouse feel.