Have you ever made paper flowers with your Cricut or Silhouette Cameo? This week I decided to create these paper flower wreaths for my kitchen hutch to add a pop of color to my spring decor. These flowers are so satisfying to make and it’s really a simple craft, especially if you download the free flower SVG files from the library.
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I decided to use a pale pink, white and green color pallet for this wreath. I’ve included a link to the paper I used for the flowers. However, I do not have a link for the green card-stock as this is an item I purchased a while ago.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD THE PAPER FLOWER SVG FILES FROM THE FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY
I designed these paper flowers to be cut on an electronic cutting machine (i.e. Silhouette Cameo or Cricut). Before you begin this craft, you’ll need to cut out the various pieces for assembly.
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I created this wreath from a 10″ metal craft hoop. The flowers were all cut from 8.5″ X 11″ cardstock (65 lb.). Each flower requires one sheet of card-stock. You can cut all four of the dark green leaf stems from one sheet of cardstock and two of the sage green leaf stems from one sheet of cardstock.
SILHOUETTE CAMEO CUT SETTINGS FOR PAPER FLOWER SVG FILES
These cut settings are for 65 lb. card-stock using a new auto-blade. You’ll also want to use a light grip cutting mat. If you have not completed the download step, refer back to the DOWNLOAD THE PAPER FLOWERS section up above for instructions. Download the SVG files if you are using the Designer or Business Edition of Silhouette Studio. If you have the basic edition (free version) of Silhouette Studio download the DXF file. Note: Sometimes the DXF files open in the gray area surrounding your canvas. You may need to choose (CTRL -) that’s the Control Key plus the Minus Key, to zoom out and see the DXF file.
Open Silhouette Studio. Then choose File then Open and choose the PAPER FLOWER AND STEMS FILE you downloaded from the library to your computer. The files will be in the location you downloaded them to previously.
Change the score lines on the tab panels and greenery to a dashed line so they fold, but don’t cut. Go to the Send panel and change your cut settings to the following:
Card-stock Cut Settings
Blade: 5, Force: 30, Speed: 4, Passes: 1, Overcut: Off
Load your material on your light grip cutting mat and load it into your machine. Then press send.
CRICUT UPLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR A PAPER FLOWER SVG FILES
Open Cricut Design Space. Click upload on the bottom left toolbar. Then click upload image and then browse. Select the SVG version of the Paper Flower & Stems File that you downloaded earlier from the library. If you have not completed the download step, refer back to the DOWNLOAD THE PAPER FLOWER SVG TEMPLATES section up above for instructions.
Click open and rename the file and add tags if you want to. Then click save. Now select the file and choose Insert Images.
Cricut Design Space: Changing Cut Lines To Score Lines And Attaching Layers
Once the file is on your canvas drag it to the right, so you can see all of the layers. Next, right click on it and ungroup the main seven layers. Now select the black lines in the layers panel (these are the score lines). Click on Linetype on the top panel and change the cut lines to score lines. Below is a screenshot that shows some of the layers. The red arrows indicate the layers that are changed from cut to score.
There are a total of 7 Paper Flower & Stems groups in the layers panel. If you click on the Paper Flower & Stems title, it will highlight all of the layers in that group. Once they are highlighted, click on Attach at the bottom of the layers panel. Repeat this process until each of the 7 groups are attached.
Now click Make It. In your preview panel you will have 7 mats. Change the material size for each mat to 8.5 X 11.
Note: If there are any black lines on a mat by themselves, you need to click cancel on the Preview (bottom right). Then back on your canvas, you need to find the score lines that are not attached. They will be towards the bottom in your layers panel. Then you can click Make It again and check your preview.
Look over the preview and click Continue. Turn on your Cricut machine. Select Cardstock (Medium) for your material. Load your card-stock onto a light grip mat and load the mat into your machine. Load your scoring wheel in the machine and press Go. Once it is done scoring, load your Fine Point blade into the machine and press go again. Repeat the process until all 7 mats are cut.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE PAPER FLOWERS
Once your cutting is complete, you will have a spiral piece like the image below.
Use a quilling tool or thin handled paint brush and wrap the inside end of the flower tightly around it. Then roll it over a few times.
After a few rolls, I slid the paint brush handle out and continued to roll the paper up.
Once the paper was rolled all the way, I let it loosen in my hand until it was the same size as the circle base. Then I added hot glue to the base and pressed the flower into the glue. Let it cool before you let go of the flower, so it doesn’t unwind too much. I also added a dab of hot glue to secure the outside end of the flower swirl. Note: Many types of rolled flowers have the base circle attached to the spiral. I chose to design these flowers differently, so I had more control over the final size of the flower. Each of the circles are sized to the circumference of the flowers I used in the wreath. I explain this process in more detail further down. Just know that the circumference of each circle is different.
Then use your brush handle to curl out the edges of the outside petals.
HOW TO MAKE THE LARGER FLOWERS
I wanted to make a couple of the flowers larger in size, but I didn’t have 12″ card-stock in the right colors to make the flowers larger and fuller. To get around this, I created these little cups to hold the rolled flowers. They are below the flowers when you open the SVG files. I folded the tabs and added adhesive to the bottom of them with a tape runner. Then I attached them to the circle. Note: For the smaller bud flower, I only used the circle base, not the cup.
Next, I rolled the flower (like above) and then added hot glue into the cup.
I let the flower loosen in my hand until it was about the size of the cup and pressed it into the hot glue. Then I used a second flower spiral and cut it into small pieces and curled them. Like the image below. I added a little more hot glue in the empty spaces of the flower and pressed the extra petal pieces in the glue to fill out the gaps.
This method gives you more control, and allows the flower to open up a little.
FOLD YOUR PAPER LEAVES FOR A 3D EFFECT
The flower stems/leaves all have a score line down the center of them. Once they are cut, fold the score lines for a 3D effect.
The eucalyptus leaves also have a score line. They are designed to only fold them part of the way along the leaf. Just follow the score line.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE A PAPER FLOWER WREATH
Before you begin, lay out all of your leaves and flowers on the craft hoop the way you want them to look.
Then carefully disassemble them, remembering the order. Place a scrap piece of paper under the craft hoop to protect your counter surface from the hot glue. At this point position the craft hoop so the seam on the hoop will be hidden at the bottom under the flowers. Add some hot glue along the metal hoop. Then press your stem in place and repeat the process on the other side. It’s important that the dark green leaves are connected to the hoop really well, so take your time with this first step.
Next, add some hot glue to the back of the light green eucalyptus leaves and press them into place.
At this point, position your flowers one at a time and hot glue them into place. I found it easiest to start with the middle (largest) flower and work outwards. this helps keep the placement even on the hoop.
Here is one of the wreaths hanging on the glass door of my kitchen hutch.
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