There are so many different types of large paper flowers to be made. I decided to dedicate a whole series to ones with interesting centerpieces.
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. Here are 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 – Here are a couple of my favorites for paper flowers:
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.