Large Paper Flower Tutorial DIY – FancyBloom

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Large paper flower tutorial DIY

This simple but extremely cute flower can perfectly complement any paper flower composition and even become the main flower of the whole backdrop. It looks so elegant and lovely, and it’s also very easy and quick to make.

And the best part is that, along with this paper flower tutorial, I have prepared free templates for you!

So, if you want to see how I make it, let’s start the paper flower tutorial!

1. Prepare the flower parts

First, prepare the petals by cutting them out.

I use a cutting machine, but you can also cut everything by hand with regular scissors. This will be easy enough because these petals have very simple shapes.

If you cut by hand, use sharp scissors and try to cut very smoothly so the edges of the petals are clean and neat. Remember, these small details affect the appearance of the whole flower.

large paper flower tutorial diy

Paper recommendations

For this particular flower, it’s better to use thicker paper because the flower is quite large and has few petals. Therefore, we need the petals to be sturdy and not flimsy. I recommend using cardstock paper with a weight of 80 lb Cover or more.

We only need 5 petals #1 and 5 petals #2. And you will also cut out the center piece and 2 bases that are included in the template:

  • Petal №1 – 5 pieces
  • Petal №2 – 5 pieces
  • 1 Center piece
  • 2 Bases – 1 circle and 1 pentagon
Large paper flower tutorial

2. Shape the petals

Next, we need to curl our petals.

My students already know that I prefer to do this by pressing and pulling the paper against the edge of my table, but you can do it however you like.

Some artists prefer using a bone folder, while others use a glue stick, round pen, or marker to curl the petals. It really depends on what is most comfortable for you.

How to curl petals for paper flower

3. Glue the petals

Once you curl the petals, let’s glue them to give them dimension.

For this paper flower tutorial, I’ve ensured that the templates are handy and easy to use. So there is a dashed line mark on each petal that shows how much to overlap and where to apply the glue.

Preparing paper flower petals

And that’s how I prepare all my petals.

paper flower petals

4. Assemble the flower

Okay, I’ve prepared all my petals, so let’s start assembling the flower.

I begin with a round base. You’ll notice that I’ve marked a pentagon in the center with a dashed line to guide you in gluing the petals evenly and at the right distance.

Paper flower base
Large paper flower diy

Always remember, the first petal in the round should not be glued along the entire edge, as the last petal needs to go under the first one.

But starting from the second petal, glue them along the entire edge as usual.

Paper flower tutorial

Once the first round is complete, let’s glue the second round separately.

Paper flower base
diy paper flower

After both rounds are ready, I like to position them to see how they should be glued together.

Paper flower tutorial

Typically, each subsequent round of petals is glued between the petals of the previous round in a staggered pattern. However, since these petals have a wavy shape, if aligned directly, the waves of the second-row petals would match the gaps between the first-row petals. So I prefer to rotate the second row slightly to cover these gaps.

Try and see what looks best, and then glue them in place.

5. Shape and attach the center

Now, it’s time to add the center.

A common mistake I see from other people is cutting out the center and gluing it as-is, without any additional shaping. By simply shaping the center a bit, you can enhance its appearance significantly!

Paper flower center tutorial

So I like to curl the stamens slightly outward and then gently bend them inward for a more polished look.

I think this is a really pretty flower with beautiful, smooth lines and shapes. I hope you’ll give it a try using my templates and paper flower tutorial.

Loved this tutorial? Check out my rose paper flower DIY with free templates!

If you enjoyed making simple large paper flower, you’ll love my other tutorial where I guide you step-by-step how to create a beautiful paper rose. Click here to access the free templates and start crafting now!

diy paper flower
Paper flower tutorial

Hello and welcome to FancyBloom!

I’m Oksana and I love paper flowers and all things paper. Here at FancyBloom I design new flower templates, make paper flower tutorials, and share my ideas and inspiration for fancy and modern craft.

25 Responses

  1. This tutorial and template are so wonderful to work with! Thank you so much, I love it and I thank you so very much.

  2. I have been decorating my library with flowers and these were the best to make! Do you have a template for the leaves as well?

    1. Hi I wanted to do the white large flower but it’s not showing up where can I find that one

      1. Hi Kaye,
        If I understood your question correctly, you can download the template for this flower by clicking the “download right here” link highlighted in pink at the very beginning of this blog post. There is also a download button at the end of the post. Once you register your email, you will automatically receive the templates.

    1. Hi Ruth, thank you very much! Link to the free template right at the beginning of this post!

  3. Oksana,
    Thank you for doing such a great job explaining all you’re tips, tricks and the demonstration of how-to make those gorgeous paper flowers. You’re editorials are easy to follow and the outcome is always fantastic.


  4. Hello,

    Thank you, it was easy to follow your tutorial and pattern. I made mistake but second time was a charm. It’s very pretty and I can’t wait to
    teach my daughter. We will be using it for my daughter’s graduation.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Brenda! If you’re using a cutting machine, you can resize the SVG templates in your program to your liking by simply using the resize by scale function (just enlarge or reduce all parts by the same percentage). I hope this helps💕

  5. Thank you so much.
    I love your beautiful and awesome tutorial and pattern!
    It was very easy to follow and I have a beautiful flower to make.

    1. Dear Annabelle, I’m so happy you appreciate it🌸 Thank you so much for these kind words🥰!

  6. These are so beautiful! What size ratio should the petals to the stamen be? I think I saw petals were 5 inches and stamen was 4 inches but I just want to make sure if I make it larger

    1. Thank you, Ana💕! In the SVG templates folder you can find a separate file called “Large paper flower (original sizes)”, where I wrote all the sizes of all the petals and other parts. If I didn’t fully understand your question – please let me know by sending an email to [email protected], I’ll be happy to help.

  7. Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial and pattern. It was very easy to follow and I have a beautiful flower! I plan to make many more!

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