Paper Lotus Flower Template

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I made a lotus flower design for this paper lotus tutorial that includes both the template for lotus flower SVG petals and a printable watercolor version.

I’ve been on a watercolor kick and painted a bunch of petals with the intention of making paper flowers with them. I thought this pink one suited the lotus flower.

I made two templates for this paper flower. One that is just the PDF and SVG cut file that has the petal layers in place.

I’ve also included a transparent PNG of the petals for those with cutting machines and want to preserve the watercolor effect and the raw edges of the petal.

 free printable paper lotus flower template and SVG cut file

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Materials for DIY Lotus Flower

Cardstock – I used cardstock for the base. It is also possible to make the flower out of cardstock. Here are some of my favorite cardstock brands that I use frequently:

Vellum or Tracing Paper – I printed the watercolor petals on transparent paper to create a translucent petal. This is the vellum paper I got from Amazon.

Glue – I like tacky glue but a glue gun works too

Template – I’ve included both the lotus flower template printable watercolor petals and lotus flower template PDF and SVG cut files for free in my resource library.

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    Paper Lotus Tutorial

    Step 1: Print and cut the lotus petal template.

    A few things to note on this step. If you are printing on vellum, leave it to dry for at least 5 minutes or else you risk smearing the ink.

    To upload a transparent PNG (the watercolor petal) in Cricut Design Space, be sure to use the “Complex” then “Save as a Print and Cut” options to preserve the details. Also, if your machine is having a hard time picking up the border, try shading your machine or turning off the lights in the room.

     free printable paper lotus flower template and SVG cut file


    Step 2: Curl the lotus petals

    I like using a scraper or credit card if that is more convenient.

     free printable paper lotus flower template and SVG cut file

    Step 3: Glue the petals on

    I included a base reference template. I like gluing the petals on individually because it gives more control on the symmetry.

     free printable paper lotus flower template and SVG cut file
     free printable paper lotus flower template and SVG cut file

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