This is a tutorial for a relatively easy rolled paper sunflower tutorial with free SVG templates.
I was gifted a nice bouquet of flowers the other day and it included a few sunflowers. The sunflower outlasted all the other flowers in the bouquet.
It reminded me I wanted to add to my suite of paper flower templates one for the sunflower but I’ve been putting it off because I didn’t want to glue each petal. I also wanted an easy way to make the core without it looking tacky.
Well, problem solved! I used my base rolled core and then re-purposed my lint roller to pick up all the scraps leftover from cutting the center piece.
Aren’t they cute?!
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Recommended Materials for Paper Sunflower
Cardstock– You will need at least 2 colors for this sunflower. While you might be able to get away with a white core cardstock for the petals, I would recommend a colored core cardstock for the center piece because it will fray a little and white frayed pieces don’t look good.
My favorite is this Neehah Collections brand, it’s super affordable, comes in an assortment of colors, has a colored core so you can’t see fraying.
Here are some of my other favorite brands for paper flowers:
- 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 – If you are going to make the bouquet stemmed version of this, you will need a glue gun. If not, then Tacky Glue works.
Floral Stem – Only if you are going to make the bouquet version.
Template – I’ve included my flower SVG files for free in my resource library. I also included a little leaf base for the bouquet version.
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Tutorial for Paper Sunflower
Step 1: Cut all the template pieces. Don’t forget to use some masking tape or lint roller to pick up all the small pieces from the mat.
I like to use either a really old green mat or the fresh blue mat.
Step 2: Roll the petals and glue in place. Sometimes I cheat and use tape to hold it in place while its drying.
Step 3: Curl the petals. I have this super professional tool that I use to curl things. (haha, jk, its the scraper for my cast iron skillet)
Step 4: Assemble the flower by gluing each layer on top of each other.
Step 5: For the bouquet, use tape to hold the base leaf loop at the tip of the stem
Step 6: Glue the base leaf to the stem from the inside. I used tacky glue here which didn’t work well. The glue gun is best for this part.
Step 7: Place some glue at the base of the flower and set it on top of the leaves
I decided that sunflowers need to be today’s highlight. It is adorable, and it reminds us of sunny days. They are perfect crafts for people who love sunflowers or flowers, in general. I thought it would be also perfect for crafty beginners to try.
Here’s the thing – people tend to get intimidated in doing crafts. Please don’t! Just follow my lead and you will be okay. Before we proceed, I need to remind you that it is okay to fail on your first try. My first paper sunflower was not perfect. After multiple trials, I got it to the shape and look that I wanted. But with this step-by-step tutorial, you will do better than I am. Just make sure to follow my lead.
After making my paper sunflowers, I immediately used them to adore my other crafts. It looks perfect with anything. You can place it on your shelves, your living space, or your bedroom. You can also use it as a personalized gift for your loved ones. What I love about making paper sunflowers is that I was able to reuse some of my discarded papers. As a person who does a lot of crafts, I tend to have a ton of papers as leftovers. So, making a paper sunflower was a cute idea of reducing my paper waste.
As soon as you get to familiarize yourself with making these paper sunflowers, you can personalize it as much as you can. You can add more details or even change its size.