One of my favorite flowers for the holidays is the poinsettia. This is a tutorial for a simple paper poinsettia.
The best part of paper poinsettias is that they are not poisonous for cats, dogs and small children!
This is one of those paper flowers that you can make that looks remarkably similar to the real thing. In fact, I actually find the real thing to look a little fake.
You can make these paper poinsettias as a stand-alone plant or add them to any holiday-inspired craft.
While the most common poinsettia comes in red, they do occur in nature in other colors from white to various shades of pink.
I love the vibrant red but a frosted white poinsettia can also add an elegant touch for any holiday themed decor set or craft project.
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Materials for Paper Poinsettia
Cardstock – I like to use medium weight cardstock with colored cores for paper flower making. 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 have a couple of favorites for paper flower crafts:
Templates – This paper poinsettia template for all sorts of craft projects is available for free in both SVG and PDF file formats in my resource library.
How to make a paper poinsettia
Step 1: Cut out the petals using the templates
If you look at the real poinsettia, it is not a symmetrical flower. It is actually just a gathering of leaves in random sizes. I tried to replicate this in my template.
I don’t have a set way to making each flower, I just cut out the different petals in various sizes and do something a little different with each flower to make the whole set look more realistic.
This design is simple enough to use a light grip blue mat.
Step 2: Curl the petals
You can use a scraping device or any straight edge like a credit card or ruler. I also like to vary up the direction I curl the petals from vertical to horizontal to angled.
Be sure to stack and position the petal layers first before you start curling so you have some idea as to what direction you want to curl.
Step 3: Glue the layers together
There is a center tab for each petal. Glue these tabs together.
That’s it! Super easy to make a bunch for a bouquet or to add a single flower to any craft project.