Foam flowers DIY are the perfect summer craft you can do with your Cricut cutting machine.
I wanted to provide a tutorial on how to make foam flowers because there are so many different projects you can use these for.
For example, you can make foam flower wedding centerpieces. These are also great to accent handmade cards. I love how these look attached to hair clips as well. I made them with my daughter, and she was so excited to wear the final product! Of course, you can also use these as elegant part decorations, such as garland or confetti.
In this post, I’ll explain how to make foam flowers DIY. This way, you can use them on any Cricut craft or handmade project!
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Materials for Foam Flowers
Foam Sheets – I just grabbed a couple of sheets from an assorted craft foam sheet set I got from Amazon. My only recommendation is to get the larger sheets if you plan to make rolled flowers. A 7 inch wide petal strip makes a 1.5 inch wide flower just to give an order of magnitude.
Glue – A hot glue gun here works great. Alternatively, you can also use glue dots.
Cricut – I use a cutting machine to do some of the cutting for this project. This of course is optional but it sure makes things go faster. Check out my reviews for Best Cricut machines for beginners if you’re new to the Cricut.
Templates – The foam flower templates featured in this tutorial are available for free in both printable PDF and SVG file formats in my resource library.
How to Make Foam Flowers
Cut the Template Out
First, cut the template out. For an easy clean cut, you can download these templates for free from my Resource Library. To gain access, you can sign up for my newsletter.
Once you have the templates downloaded, you can upload them to your Cricut Design Space to cut them out. These foam flower SVGs are compatible with silhouettes and other cutting machines as well.
Alternatively, you can print the templates as a PDF. Then, cut them out and trace them onto your foam sheets. Then, you can cut them out with a pair of crafting scissors. If you choose to cut them out by hand, I’d recommend using a slim and sharp pair of scissors to cleanly cut around the curves.
Create Curvature In The Petals
Next, you can create curvature in the petals by squeezing the edges and pinching with your fingers. If you’re using larger flowers, you can also place them on an iron for a few seconds. This works well to soften them and give them a more natural look.
When using the iron, I’d recommend using a tool such as a skewer or a coffee stir stick to twist the edges. This way, you won’t burn your fingers.
For smaller petals, it can be difficult to manipulate them near the iron. Therefore, I would only use heat if the flower petal templates are large enough that you can so safely.
If you’re rolling the flowers, you can pinch them from the outermost edge. When you put them together, this works to create a 3-D spiral cup shape for the blossom.
To get the best shape, you might even try looking at some real flower petals to see how they bend and come together into a cohesive flower.
Roll Your Rose Flower
Once you have your flowers ready, you can start rolling the DIY foam rose flower. To make it look like a rose, try to roll the foam tightly with the edge facing downward. You can use small hot glue dots towards the bottom to keep it together as you go.
Be careful that your glue dots are not too big. Otherwise, you’ll see the hot glue come out the top, bottom, or sides of the rose. As you go towards the outer part of the flower, you can leave more space near the tops of the petals. This can give off the impression that the rose is blooming.
Glue Your Petals
Lastly, you can glue your petals together for your small foam flowers. For these, I also used a small dot of hot glue in the center to hold them together. You can also use a glue dot.
Once you have your foam flowers DIY assembled, you can use them for cards, table center pieces, garland, and more. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter for more fun Cricut DIY crafts!
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