Dahlias are an incredibly diverse species of flowers. Standing as symbols of inner strength and creativity, they are the perfect flowers to gift to loved ones. These paper dahlias are similar to peony-flowering dahlias - bright, colorful, high petal counts that can be curled as you may see fit. The template created for this particular flower will produce blooms that are roughly 4" in diameter. Dahlias range anywhere from small at 2" diameters to large dinner plate sizes! As with paper garden roses, I did not create foliage. But, subscribe below to keep posted as an entire foliage series is in the works!
Here's what you need:
- copy paper & printer
- flower template below
- scissors or cutting machine
- colorful scrap paper
- floral tape
- floral wire
- glue gun
- watercolor and brush (optional if you are leaving them plain)
- Dahlias Template Files (CLICK HERE!)
Send me an email through the "HELLO" tab above with subject "Paper Dahlias SVG" if you would like the svg file for cutting machines. These were cut with a silhouette!
I create all files and templates during my free time using Adobe Illustrator or Silhouette Design Studio. It is a time-consuming process of endless editing as I constantly strive to perfect my designs. Personal use only, please!
Click on each picture below to enlarge and show details, while following the instructions below:
- cut out shapes using template, one sheet of 8.5"x11" paper creates one bloom.
- paint with watercolor or paint. let dry. (optional)
- using scraps (remainder of sheet after cut-outs), form a ball. using an additional piece of colored scrap paper (a piece of martha stewart living magazine was used) wrap around ball and glue to secure.
- glue ball center onto small petal shape. apply glue to base of ball center and glue petals so that they "hug" the center. repeat with additional two small petal shapes.
- glue onto large petal shape. apply glue to sides of ball center and glue petals onto base. repeat with remaining three large petal shapes.
- keep in mind that with the large petal pieces, there are two smaller sizes along with two larger sizes. the larges sizes should be glued into place last. size progression should go from small to large.
- glue wire stem onto back of bloom.
- cut slit in circle shape and glue on top of wire.
- wrap wire with floral tape. the wrapped stem is not shown in steps but look below to see the finished dahlia!