Dahlia Fold

by Donna Moore

Add beautiful paper bouquets to your cards, scrapbooks, and other projects.


  • Circle punches

  • Double sided patterned paper

  • Cardstock

  • Adhesive

  • Note: To make folding more visible, a larger 3” circle was used for most of this demonstration.


  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    In the lower two quadrants, fold a small petal shape upward using the fold marks as a guide.

    Turn over to the front side.

  4. Step 4

    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.

  5. Step 5

    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.

  6. Step 6

    Repeat process and adhere all 8 sections for a full dahlia.

  7. Step 7

    Finished project.

    Try creating flowers with one to eight petals.



  1. 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.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Dahlia Fold. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Just a note here: My son looked at this tutorial and wanted to know why I didn't mention him as being the one to take the pictures! So friends, my kidlet Kevin took the pictures, ok? They say you'll either marry your biggest trial in life...or give birth to it. smile
Donna  |  Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 5:27 PM
This is so incredibly beautiful. I have one question... is that large scallop a really big punch (or die cut) or do you have a magic scallop tool? If it's a large scallop, where did you get it?!?! Same question on a magic scallop tool...

Thanks for a great tutorial!!
Roz  |  Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 6:11 PM
This is so beautiful, I will try it tonight yet.
Thanks for sharing, donna, andtell Kevin that he did a wonderful job. grin
Martha  |  Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 6:14 PM
HOLY COW BATMAN, this is beautiful!!
RUBIWHO  |  Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 8:15 PM
These are really beautiful on a card. At first I thought it was going to be too tedious but after three or four, it was easy. Thanks so much. Great idea.
Jean  |  Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 9:26 PM
Very nice
ann  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 4:30 AM
Thanks, Kathryn, for the great tip on using the edge of a stamp for the initial fold. It really helped!
Becky  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 4:30 AM
I made a cardboard, triangle (wedge) that was just smaller than the needed folding (44.5 degrees [360 degrees divided by 8 is 45]). You just put the tip on some edge of the circle and fold the visible paper over the cardboard. Follow up by folding back the overlapped paper. This is an easy way of getting to fold without the preliminary half folding (less, left over lines on your patterned paper). I believe this (teabag) fold was first done by Lily Stubbs back in Dec. 2002.
T. Linda Sneed  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 5:04 AM
hi, can you state which stamps you used for your card. it looks like priceless, but what is the long vine and leaves that you used. thanks.
Rebecca  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 5:22 AM
First of all -- the scallops. SU makes the scallop punch I used. It's diameter is 1.75" and a full finished 8-petal scallop dahlia is about 3.5". A good rule of thumb is that whatever size punch you use, double it and you have the diameter of the fnished flower.

Second -- For the sample card, actually there were no stamps used. I used some rub-ons from SU from the Sale-a-bration collection. You're right though, it does match up nicely with Priceless.
Donna  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 7:26 AM
Thanks, Donna, for the great tutorial!! I've tried and tried to make these before but was never successful until I read your tutorial. I just made one this morning with NO wasted circles!

One question... there are two circle punches shown in the picture of the supplies (at the top of the tutorial). I only see references to the 1-1/4" circle and the scallop punches. What is the other circle punch used for? (Or, was it just to show that you could use any size circle?)

Thanks, Kevin, for taking the awesome pictures! wink

Thanks again!

p.s. I posted 2 comments this morning - only one of them appeared, not sure why the first one didn't. Sorry if it shows up and this is now a duplicate smile
Becky  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 8:07 AM
Becky, you're partly right in that I wanted to show that you can use any size circle to do these. I also used the smaller punch for the green stem base when I want to do one or two petals. If you use the same size for the stem for a single petal or bud, for example, it tends to swallow up the bud. A smaller one makes it stand out a little more. Hope that makes sense.
Donna  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 8:27 AM
I have the same question as Roz, I don't think you answered it yet...The background of the finished dahlia looks like a larg flower that you cut out some how or used one of the die-cut blooms? What is the secret? thanks for sharing this it does look super hard but pretty easy to do!
Kate  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 12:35 PM
Sorry, I see now as I get further into making my flower that there is not background that is what the petals produce!
Kate  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 12:47 PM
Roz, I'm sorry. I misunderstood your question. Do you mean the card itself with a scalloped edge? That's from Stampin' Up! in the Occasions mini catalog. They're called Carousel Notes and they're die cut cards with brown envelopes. They're about six inches in diameter and come in the colors of Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, and Wild Wasabi.

Did I get it right yet? smile
Donna  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 1:52 PM
Thanks for the great tutorial. You would think with the name I have I would aready know how to do the dahlia fold, but I have not had the time to try it yet! Now I guess I have no excuse not to!
Daliah  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 2:49 PM
Oh My Goodness! This is a truly unique and BEAUTIFUL technique! I absolutely LOVE the final product! I can't wait to spend some time trying this out. Thanks for the inspiration!
Annette H  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 2:52 PM
yea! easy to understand directions! I have been looking for this after seeing cards on the scs gallery a few weeks back. I tried to figure it out but failed. Now I can't wait to do this and send a card to my sister and impress her. Great Tutorial smile
Tanya  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 5:07 PM

That is what I meant... and darn it, I had forgotten all about those notecards... I clearly wasn't thinking!! Apparently I was too blown away by the beautiful card.


Roz  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 6:03 PM
WoW, I have been looking for inspiration and this is it. Thanks
Monica B.  |  Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 10:19 PM

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