This is such a simple flower to make, I almost didn’t write a tutorial for it.
But here we are so don’t laugh at how straight forward this one is.
Orchids are notoriously temperamental in real life. I have failed basically every time I’ve been given one as a gift to maintain. I know better than to buy them myself.
This paper orchid, on the other hand, is not only super easy to make but it lasts forever with no maintenance! It doesn’t get any better than this.
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Materials for Paper Orchid
Cardstock – It annoys me to say this but while the textured papers are much harder to cut with a cutting machine, they do tend to come in more vivid colors. You can probably get away with a more textured paper but I would still recommend a color core medium weight cardstock. Here are some of my favorites:
- 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 – Any type of glue works for this one
Templates – I’ve included this paper Orchid in both SVG and printable format for free in my resource library.
How to assemble the Paper Orchid
Step 1: Cut out the templates.
I used a light grip blue mat for this template. My only advice here is if you are trying to use a little scrap of paper to cut the stamen pieces, I would go up to a standard grip mat.
The reason is the small pieces need more surface area to grip or a stronger grip so I find scraps tend to slide around on the lighter grip mat.
Step 2: Curl the petals
I use my handy scraper device but you can also use scissors or a credit card.
Step 3: Glue the layers on top of each other
The base is the 3 petal layer, then the 2 petal layer, then the stamen. You can’t mess it up, I promise.