I designed this pop up flower card SVG template for the Cricut and provide some tips on how to make this DIY flower bouquet pop up card in this tutorial.
I saw this blooming flower pop up card tutorial on some viral video online a while back and wanted to make it using my Cricut to add some of the details of the flower center and additional foliage faster.
I have to say, this was a complicated assembly process. I tried to write the instructions in the clearest possible way but I would recommend that if you’re not in a patient mood, maybe try a different craft today.
That said, it is a cute card. Once you successfully make one, the subsequent popup bouquet cards are much easier.
I’m going to teach my son to make these for his teachers this Valentine’s day. They also work great for Mother’s Day, a thank you card or a sympathy occasion.
I love this popup bouquet card because it looks complicated (like you put in some effort which you did!) but still handmade. You can’t buy a card like this. It can only be made with love. And isn’t that the whole point of a card?
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Materials for pop up flower bouquet card
Cardstock and/or Paper – The flowers themselves are easier to make with lighter weight paper. In fact, origami paper is probably ideal because it needs to flex a little bit. I love this assorted set, you can make each flower with a different color.
I would highly recommend heavier cardstock for the base card though, 65lbs or heavier. Here are some of 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.
Cricut Markers – This part is optional but if you want to draw in the flower centers, I would recommend getting the medium Cricut markers. I love the metallic set and used the gold medium pen in the pink card above.
Obviously, a Cricut is not absolutely necessary for this project but it sure makes things go much faster. If you don’t have a cutting machine, there are tons of tutorials on how to cut the flowers faster so I won’t go into much detail about that here in this tutorial.
This pop up flower bouquet SVG and printable template is free and available in my resource library.
Instructions for How to Make a Blooming Flower Pop Up Cards
Step 1: Draw and cut the flower card template
I’ve included the 2 options for templates in my set. One of them is for just the plain flower. The other includes drawing lines. If you using the drawing lines, you will need to ungroup the templates, set the center lines to “draw”, then attached the draw lines with the flower base.
Step 2: Fold each cut out petal
Each flower should have 7 petals. Fold a crease between each petal. I don’t bother with the scoring lines. It is much easier to just do this by hand by aligning the petals and pressing on the creased line.
Step 3: Glue the petals together
Glue the end petals overlapping each other but aligned. The starting template has 7 petals. The finished flower should have 6 sides.
Step 4: Glue the flowers to each other
This is the most complicated step. The thing to keep in mind is always glue at the tip of the petal.
First, lay out the flowers roughly as you see in the photo below. Feel free to label the pieces with numbers as you go through these instructions. Once the flowers are assembled, you won’t see the written numbers so it is totally fine to do this.
Apply a dab of glue to petal 1 and lay 1′ over 1. Do the same for 2 and 2′. I’ve marked an “x” roughly where the glue should go.
Now apply a dab of glue over 1′, 2′, and 3 roughly where I’ve drawn a circle. Lay 3′ on top of 1′, 3, 2′.
Now we want to apply dabs of glue roughly where the triangles are in the photo. Then overlay 4′ on top of 4 and 5′ on top of 5.
In this final layer, add glue roughly where the squares are on the petal. Overlay 6′ on top of 6.
You might want to let this dry a little bit before moving on to the next step. It just needs to set so it is not sliding around, not completely dry.
Step 5: Glue to Card base
We want to align the flower set so the tips of the backwards “c” touch the crease of the card.
Then apply glue where the star is in the photo and the corresponding spot on the other side of the flower set.
Close the card, place something heavy on it and let it dry completely.
If you are using tacky glue, this might take a couple of hours.
Step 6: Add additional foliage to the pop up flower if you want to
Feel free to also add additional sentiments and decorative steps here as well.
If you used heavier cardstock, the bouquet part of this flower might end up a little stiff. If that is your material of choice, definitely use the Tacky Glue to assembling all the individual flowers. I found it is the only glue that will hold a stiffer flower bouquet in place.