Let’s Craft Giant Paper Dahlias
We’ll craft giant paper dahlias in the second part of our Darling Dahlia series! We made ours in various shades of red in honour of autumn, but you can make them in any colour you like! The flowers look beautiful as a door wreath or as a dramatic wall decoration. The technique is very simple, and you can use our free downloadable template to make crafting these beauties even easier, you can find the link at the end of this post!
We loved creating our paper dahlias. Watch our video to see the step-by-step instuctions!
More from the Darling Dahlia series
These paper flowers are another part in our Darling Dahlia series. Just click on the links below to discover more autumn-inspired tutorials and posts.
More Paper Craft Tutorials
Giant Paper Dahlias Tutorial
This is a great project to do with a friend and a wonderful way to spend an autumn afternoon!
Prep Time: 50 to 60 min per flower
- a piece of cardboard
- the circle template (download at the end of this post)
- a piece of red ribbon (optional)
- various shades of red card stock
- glue stick
- metal ruler
- Xacto knife or another blade knife
- self-healing cutting mat
- hot glue gun
1) Create the base
To make the base, glue the circle template on a piece of cardboard and cut out a little larger than the template. If you want to hang the dahlia, make a small slit near the top of the circle and insert a piece of ribbon.
2) Cut the paper squares
Using a metal ruler and a blade knife, cut all but the pink paper sheets into 10 cm x 10 cm (4 in x 4 in) squares. To speed this process up, cut multiple sheets at the same time. Cut the pink paper into 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm (3 in x 3 in) squares. You need approximately 20 dark red squares, 20 medium red squares, 16 light red squares and 16 pink squares, but it’s better to have a little extra.
Tip: Work on a self-healing cutting mat to protect your work surface.
3) Form the petals
To make the petals, preheat the glue gun. Then roll the paper squares into cones and secure them with hot glue. The glue is very hot so be extra careful not burn yourself and kids, please let a parent help you with this project!
4) Build the flower
Flatten and fold the base of each cone, add a small dot of glue and fix it onto the cardboard template. Use the dark red cones and start on the outside of the circle, leaving a small gap between the petals. The next row of cones should go in between the first so that the petals overlap and create a layered effect. Continue this process with the other colours, going from dark to light, and use the template as a guide to create a perfect circular shape.
5) Make the flower centre
Glue a 5 cm (2 in) circle of dark red paper into the centre of the flower. Then roll small strips of dark red paper into tubes and glue them into the centre until it’s completely filled. The contrast between the dark centre and the pink petals lets the colours pop and brings the flower to life.
Tip: To remove those pesky glue strings blow over the flower with a hair dryer until the strings disappear.
Materials: card stock
Free Printable Template
Click on the button to download your free printable template to easily craft these gorgeous paper dahlias!
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