This paper flower set is designed for wall hangings and decorative floral backdrops. The templates for the petals are included for free.
I made this giant rose while back and wanted to add to my collection. I use mine as fun wall decor for my daughter’s room but they work great for party backdrops as well.
Let’s talk about the materials for this project.
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Materials for Large Paper Flower
Cardstock – I made a few of them using construction paper just to see if it might work since construction paper is so much cheaper. I wouldn’t recommend it.
I would recommend minimum 65lb cardstock or else the petals don’t hold its shape. You will need at least 10 pieces of one color. The flower that requires the most paper needs about 14 pieces of paper minimum letter size.
I know it sounds expensive but if you buy the flowers made on Etsy, they go for like $25 a flower.
Here are some of my favorite brands of cardstock:
- 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 – I like tacky glue but a glue gun works too
Template – I’ve included my free Large Paper Flower Set in my resource library.
Instructions on Assembling your Large Paper Flowers
Step 1 – Cut all the pieces from the templates
I’ve scaled the petal sizes to produce the flowers you see in the photos. You can obviously vary them in different proportions to create a different look.
Step 2 – Glue the base of the petals in an overlapping way
Keep in mind the more the tabs overlap, the more angled your petal will be. I just overlap them enough to staple if that helps.
Step 3 – Glue the outer petals in a circle.
I like to use a letter-sized paper the same color as a petal as a reference and as a base. I usually position the petals on the paper to get a feel for the overlap of the petal to petal. If you are just starting, try marking the base for where each petal will go. I also included a hexagon shape cutout template for reference as well.
I then just glue them in place one overlapping the other.
Step 4 – Work the inner petals
I sometimes use a jar to hold the petals in place while the glue sets.
Step 5 – Roll the core
Depending on the flower, you may just have a circular piece or have to glue a petal into a bulb.
Step 6 – Curl the petals if you choose
I like using a pencil and rolling the outer edges of petals around the pencil. I find the radius of a pencil or pen works best for this size of the flower.