How to Make Large Paper Flowers By Hand or With a Cricut

Learn How to Create Stunning Large Paper Flowers from Cardstock Using FREE SVG Files.

Cut them by hand or with a Smart Cutting Machine. I’ll teach you everything from creating a flower center to making a sturdy base to hang the flowers from.

This large paper flowers tutorial is a sponsored post written on behalf of JOANN. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Paper flowers make a jaw-dropping statement at events, in home decor, and they are perfect for decorating a nursery! Easily create them out of card stock and add a pop of color to any room.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

After hundreds of requests over the past few months, I’m finally sharing my Giant Paper Flower Tutorial. These large paper flowers are SO fun to make and they are surprisingly easy! With just a few materials you can create one-of-a-kind party decor on a budget!

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

First, let’s talk about paper for this project! It’s important to use the right kind of paper, so you get great results! I use Bazzill Cardstock from JOANN for all of my flowers.

You can purchase it online in a 25 pack or in person by the piece. I’d recommend ordering it online by the package to guarantee that you end up with enough of each color for each flower. I like to watch for sales on paper and stock up during the sale!

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

You’ll need about 20 pages for a large flower. I like to cut as many petals as possible from each page to save on waste. If you’re using a Cricut, take a minute to rearrange the images on the mats so that you can fit multiple petals to each mat.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Supplies Needed for your Large Paper Flowers:

Let’s get started and Make our Large Paper Flowers!

Begin by downloading the FREE PDF File HERE.

If you also want the SVG file, you can get it FREE HERE.

You can upload the SVG files to your smart cutting machine or download the PDF, print it off and use it as a guide to hand cut the flowers.

In this tutorial, I used a combination of cutting flowers by hand and cutting them with my Cricut machine.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

There are benefits to both methods. With the Cricut machine, you get perfectly rounded edges and it does an amazing job cutting the more intricate leaves. The downside is it takes a bit of time to load and unload the mats, but the results are perfectly cut petals and leaves.

Cutting by hand allows you to cut multiple sheets at the same time which saves time, but the results are the edges of the flowers are a bit more jagged. It’s up to you which method you use!

If you are using a Cricut, upload all of the SVG files to Design Space. There’s a variety of different sizes of petals and leaves. You can use them as is or you can resize them.

How to Construct a Large Paper Flower

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Cut Out your Large Paper Flower Petals

Begin by cutting out all of the petals for your flowers.

To create a large rose with a closed center use the following cutting guide.

  • Small – 8 Petals
  • Medium – 8 Petals
  • Large – 5-7 Petals
  • X-Large – 8 Petals

For a medium sized rose, skip the X-Large petals.

I always like to cut a few extra petals just in case one gets damaged while you are creating the flower.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Create 3-D Petals for your Large Paper Flowers

Using a wooden dowel or the end of a spatula, curl the edges of the flower petals to give them a realistic shape. You can do this with several petals stacked at once.

Repeat until all of the petals have been shaped.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy
How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy
How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Cut a slit into the bottom of the petals on the medium, large and x-large petals about 2 inches deep.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Add a drop of hot glue to one side and overlap the slits. Hold the paper in place until the hot glue cools.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

The Medium and Large petals should have their curved edges bending backward while the medium sized petals should bend forwards. This will help to create a more realistic looking flower.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Assemble your Large Paper Flowers

Glue two small petals together with ends overlapping slightly. Add two more petals to create a T.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy
How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy
How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Carefully lift one petal upwards and curl it inwards onto itself. Place a dot of hot glue on the leaf to secure the leaf in place. *You can see this step deomonstrated more clearly in the video tutorial.

Continue curling each petal around the center petal to create a rose bud.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

With the other 4 petals create a slightly larger T by connecting just the ends instead of overlapping them. 

Place the rosebud in the center of the T and continue making the rose bud. Each petal should be a slightly more open than the previous petal.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy
How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Flip the flower over and begin gluing petals to the back of the rose bud using the medium-sized templates.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Create the Large Paper Flower Base

Create the base for the flower by attaching wire to a cake plate. This will give the flower a sturdy base and allow it to be easily hung on a wall.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Begin with the X-Large petals and evenly spread them along the edge of the cake base. The petals should be curling away from center of the flower.

Using the Large petals, create a slightly smaller circle taking care to stager them to fill in any holes.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Attach the rose bud to the center of the cake plate with plenty of hot glue.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Fill in any holes with extra petals. 

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

To create a flower with a sparkly center, just skip the rosebud center and attach all petals to the cake plate starting from the largest to the smallest. Curl the edges of the flower center to give it more dimension and glue it to the center.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

You can hang the large paper flowers using command strips to avoid damaging your walls.

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!

Don’t forget to join my Crafting and Sewing with Sweet Red Poppy Facebook group and share how your paper flowers turn out!

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy

Stop by JOANN in person or online to get all of the supplies you need for tis fun project!

How to make large paper flowers, a tutorial featured by top US craft blog, Sweet Red Poppy
 

 

46 thoughts on “How to Make Large Paper Flowers By Hand or With a Cricut”

  1. Hi, thank you for the template but I have a question in regards to the direction. After the 8 petals to make the bud. Then you go the med template and flip to the flower to glue the first 4 when you wrap do they have the 2 in slot? And is it like the t method you use on the first 8 petals? It’s confusing thank you for your assistance!

        1. Patricia Hughes-McCann

          Hi, I work in a locked mental health hospital as an OTA. During this horrible pandemic, the patients are not aloud out & as you can imagine its not good for them. Can I have any templates you have available. This will help to keep them occupied. Many Thanks

    1. Melissa Townsend

      I just clicked on the download link and it took a minute or so then it popped up on my screen and I printed it all out. It was very easy..

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  4. Daniela Agosto

    Hi! Can I please get a template for these flowers and centers I love these! And tutorial video is amazing!! Thank you!

  5. Hi

    The file for this project is corrupt also there is no svg.
    You have sent me a link, but I am having the same issue with it.

  6. Supplies needed:
    Card stock – what weight?
    Dowel – what size? (dowel not on your list of supplies)
    Cake plate – what size?

    In your instructions to curve pellets and their direction are not clear. Your instructions are as follows:
    The Medium and Large petals should have their curved edges bending backward while “Medium” sized petals should bend forwards. So do you mean: The LARGE and X-LARGE petals should have their edges bending backwards while MEDIUM sized petals should bend forwards?

    1. Yes what weight paper please! I have just made one and the petals do not sit well like yours. I used 176 g/m2

  7. Hi, the templates are downloading as a PDF and I need SVG for the Cricut. Can you send the SVG files please? I really want to make these!

  8. Love this! Can’t wait to try! I’m wondering what you, or others would think of it as a tablescape for a long rectangle table instead of for the wall? The effect wouldn’t totally be the same, but thoughts?

  9. Hi Kim. I am obsessed with these flowers. I am making about 15 various large sizes for my daughter in laws baby shower. What are the petal counts for the really big flower on your wall. I hear you say about 20 -25 of the Xlrg leaves but what qty of the rest of the sizes. Thanks so much. I appreciate you.

  10. For a smaller flower, you said to exclude the XL petals, but do you still use the 8 in. cake boards? Or do you use smaller cake boards? I wanted to ask before I test it out/ waste material.

    Thank you! I made one today and it turned out great!

  11. I am making these for a gift for my niece and was wondering if you did all of the flowers in your image in the same size or did you reduce some? If you did different sizes did you use a smaller base? I am testing them now without the Extra Large Petals and a 7″ circle I cut but I seemed to need more petals. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  12. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial and the free templates & cutting files! I am working on a bulletin board display for an assisted living facility and these giant flowers will really brighten up the space. I appreciate it! 🙂

  13. These flowers are beautiful! I can’t wait to put these in my newborn babies room!
    I was wondering when you make the smaller flowers, what layers do you use or not use? XL-Medium or Medium-Small? Or just how ever you think will look best? Thanks!

  14. Sharyn Elliott

    Hi, I have made your beautiful flowers a couple of times, but would like to reduce the size. I have been making my own cardboard circle for the base, what is the best way to know the correct size base to fit the flower? Thanks. Sharyn.

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