There’s so many different types of large paper flowers to be made. I decided to dedicate a whole series to ones with interesting center pieces.
To be honest, this was not the most fun set of flowers I’ve made. It took a long time to make and arrange and glue each petal. That’s why I’m so into the rolled and semi-rolled paper flowers, they are so much easier.
There is something to be said though for the different aesthetic you can achieve with being able to arrange each petal differently.
In this post, I will share some of my tips on how to best make these flowers.
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Recommended materials for giant paper flowers
Cardstock – I like to use medium weight cardstock with a colored core. It flexes easily and doesn’t have white frayed edges.
Best deals on recommended cardstock:
- Recollections 65lb Cardstock from Michaels
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon
- Neenah Collections Assorted Set from Amazon
Glue – I use Tacky Glue
Cutting Machine – It’s not absolutely necessary for this paper flower series but it sure makes things go faster. I use the Cricut.
Template – I’ve created a set of 9 with interesting center pieces.
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Tutorial for making these giant paper flowers
Step 1: Cut out all the petals
Step 2: Glue the base tabs together. I like using a paperclip to hold it together as the glue sets. The only thing worse than watching paint dry is watching glue dry. har har 🙂
Step 3: Curl the petals after the glue is set.
Step 4: Use the base hexagon cutout as a reference and glue the outside ring of the largest petals. I personally found 6 petals works the best of these flowers. You can use more or less petals but you will have to make yourself a different reference base.
For some of the petals, I found the inner most ring only needed 5 petals.
Be sure to offset the petals for each ring relative to the other rings.
Step 4: Add the center piece.