This paper Dahlia might be the favorite paper flower I’ve made so far.
It looks so complicated but it’s actually not. I’ve structured the template to minimize having to finagle too much when assembling the whole thing together.
For how complicated it looks, it was relatively fast and efficient to put together. I’ve seen some tutorials online with paper dahlias where you have to roll and glue each individual tubes. I have no patience for that.
I know real life dahlias don’t come in metallic dusty rose colors but I couldn’t help myself to use shimmery cardstock for this project.
I hope you enjoy making this paper flower as much as I do!
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Materials for Paper Dahlia Flower
Cardstock – I would recommend a medium weight cardstock for this paper flower with a colored core. Thinner paper works but it won’t hold the curl as well. 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.
Glue – I highly recommend the glue for this paper flower but tacky glue also works if you are willing to take your time with it.
Templates – This paper dahlia flower template is available both in SVG and printable formats for free in my resource library.
How to assemble the Paper Dahlia
Step 1: Cut out the templates
I use a light grip blue mat for this set of templates.
The templates are sequences from the top most layer being the single piece cutout set to a sequence of petal strips that increase in petal count and size.
Step 2: Curl the petals
I found a chopstick or straw or thinner pen works great for this step. I just roll the petal vertically along the barrel of the stick. It ends up looking like a pine cone chip.
Step 3: Start with the base petal strip
This one has 11 petals on it. Glue it in a loop. Do the same with the rest of the petal strips. Be sure to keep them in sequence so you don’t get confused later.
Step 4: Glue the layers on top of each other
I like to start with the largest loop, apply a little dot of glue on a couple of petal edges (on the side), then gently placing the next layer on top.
I try to offset the petals but if it doesn’t line up perfectly, it’s ok. This is actually a very forgiving design.
I continue doing this for all the loops.
Step 5: Assemble the single piece layers
I like to take the smallest cutout and glue it into a bulb. Then I glue it to the next layer and secure each petal into place with more glue.
Step 6: Glue the cap on to the layered loops
Again, I just apply another couple dabs of glue to the side of a couple of petals on the topmost loop and then place the cap on.