by Donna Moore
Add beautiful paper bouquets to your cards, scrapbooks, and other projects.
- Circle punches
- Double sided patterned paper
- Note: To make folding more visible, a larger 3” circle was used for most of this demonstration.
Punch one 1 1/4" cardstock circle and fold in fourths. Petals will be mounted on this base.
For a full dahlia flower, punch eight circles from double-sided patterned paper for petals.
Fold first patterned paper circle in half, trying to only crease the lower half to prevent folds in the upper part of the finished flower.
Fold in half again and open.
Decide which side should be the main background color (here, the red patterns is the main color). Flip over to show back side.
In the lower two quadrants, fold a small petal shape upward using the fold marks as a guide.
Turn over to the front side.
Fold petal inward to the center like a paper airplane. (Picture A)
Repeat for the other half. (Picture B)
Repeat steps one through four to create seven more petals. This will make a full dahlia.
Using the cardstock base from Step 1 as an evenly spaced mounting guide, adhere the first petal, aligning it at the center and at the fold line.
Repeat process and adhere all 8 sections for a full dahlia.
Try creating flowers with one to eight petals.
To create a flower bud, use slightly smaller single petals made from green paper for a stem base.
For a frillier flower, use a scallop punch instead of plain circles.