These DIY paper hydrangeas are super easy to make and can be an impressive addition to any decor craft project.
I’ve wanted to make a paper hydrangea design for a while but was held back by the need for a form mold and what I perceived to be a tedious gluing effort.
As it turned out, all hesitation was unwarranted. It was super easy to make and actually quite affordable.
Most of the hydrangeas I see bloom during the summer time and take on anything between white to pink to lavender. However, living in California, this continue for quite a while into the fall and I get to see a who new varietal that vary from mauve to maroon.
Going back to the form part, I didn’t want to have to buy a dome or have to cut a Styrofoam ball up to make this project. I ended up making a form just with some tissue paper which was super easy and not to mention affordable.
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Materials for DIY Paper Hydrangea
Cardstock – I prefer medium weight colored core cardstock because it cuts so well with the Cricut. It is possible to cut this design by hand but it goes so much faster with the Cricut. Here are some of my favorite cardstock brands to use:
- Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Cricut Joy Insert Card Packs – You don’t have to use these with the Cricut Joy, they are nice material kids for cardmaking.
- 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
- Poptone Assorted Variety Pack – This is the perfect peppy assortment of colors of heavy cardstock. It’s a heavy cardstock assortment with colors I actually use frequently for cardmaking.
- Seasonal Assorted Variety Pack – This is a slight variation on the Poptone assortment and has a quite few neutrals that complement almost any accent color.
- 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.
Glue – I highly recommend using a hot glue gun to make things go faster for this project.
Template – This DIY paper hydrangea template is available in both SVG and printable PDF formats for free in my resource library.
DIY Paper Hydrangea Tutorial
Step 1: Cut the petals from the template
I used my Cricut cutting machine to cut these templates. It took about 4 letter sized sheets of cardstock to make a 6 inch wide hydrangea ball.
I like using a blue light grip mat for cutting this design. It makes it much easier to pick off all the petals after cutting them. I just bend the mat backwards and sort of flick them off.
Step 2: Make the tissue paper form
I just sort of ball up the tissue into a dome. There’s not much more to it.
Step 3: Glue the petals onto the form
I fold up the petals a bit, place a dot of glue on the form and then aim for the center of 4 petal cutout to stick to that glue.
You can always do a first round gluing the petals on more spread out and then do a second round nestling more in between. The petals will natural prop each other up when glued close to each other.
The best part about making your own form out of tissue paper is how lightweight and flexible it is. Depending on your end project, you can make it bigger or smaller. It’s light enough to turn into wall art without too much reinforcement to the wall. There’s so many more things you can do with this light weight versatile paper flower.