DIY Paper Dahlia Tutorial

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    How to Make a Paper Dahlia

    two paper dahlias
    Rita Shehan

    Paper flowers are an all time favorite paper craft project of most craft enthusiasts! They are relatively quick, easy and fun to make. Some paper flowers almost look like their live counterparts, and some are conceptual. It depends on what style you prefer, but both types of paper flowers are lovely. Some paper flowers are so beautiful that they people use them in wedding bouquets, boutonnieres, and table decorations.

    Today’s paper flower project is a beautiful dahlia. The dahlia is a symbol of...MORE elegance, inner strength, and creativity. This dahlia flower tutorial is a bit more complicated than most paper flowers, but the end results are worth the extra effort. The paper flowers, are as elegant and beautiful, as the symbols they represent.

    This flower craft is made out of card stock and can be created in less than 15 minutes if you use an electronic die cut machine. It will take a little longer if you are cutting everything by hand, but the results will be beautiful either way!

    You could also make the flowers from Italian crepe papers, but they will take more time. Everything will have to be cut by hand, as you cannot cut fine crepe paper on an electronic die cut machine.

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    How to Make a Paper Dahlia: Step 1 Cut Out Flower Pieces

    paper dahlia parts
    Rita Shehan

    Supplies Needed:


    1. Download zip file and extract to your folder of choice.
    2. Print flower parts onto card stock and cut by hand, or cut flower parts on an electronic die cut machine. 
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    Fold and Stack the Flower Parts

    paper dahlia
    Rita Shehan
    1. Fold each petal in half at the fold line to give the flowers a realistic look.
    2. Stack the purple flower parts on top of one another with the largest piece on the bottom graduating to the smallest on the top.
    3. Secure the pieces together with hot glue in between each layer. Line up the center hole on each layer. Make sure that no glue covers the center hole.


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    Make the Flower Center

    paper dahlia center
    Rita Shehan
    1. Cut the flower head template from yellow card stock.
    2. Fold the yellow flower headpiece in half lengthwise.


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    Roll the Flower Center

    paper dahlia center
    Rita Shehan
    1. Place a bit of hot glue on the end and secure the edge of the wooden dowel to the card stock.
    2. Roll the yellow card stock around the wooden dowel to form the flower head. Safeguard the end with a bit of hot glue.
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    Attach the Flower Head

    paper dahlia
    Rita Shehan
    1. Place the dowel through the hole in the center of the paper dahlia.
    2. Put a bit of hot glue under the yellow flower head to attach it securely to the top of the purple dahlia.


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    Attach the Sepal

    back of paper dahlia
    Rita Shehan
    1. Cut the sepals out of green card stock.
    2. Curl the edges using a pen or pencil to give them a realistic look.
    3. Slide the sepals over the dowel until they reach the bottom of the flower.
    4. Secure with a bit of hot glue.


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    Secure the Flower Head with Hot Glue

    back of dahlia
    Rita Shehan
    1. Cut a piece card stock to the size of .5” x 8”.
    2. Roll the card stock around the dowel under the sepals and secure with hot glue.
    3. Cut a piece of cardstock to the size of .25” X 8 “  and roll around dowel on top of the other piece of cardstock.


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    Wrap with Floral Tape

    back of paper dahlia
    Rita Shehan

    Wrap green floral tape tightly around the top of the dowel over the covered card stock up to the end of the dowel. Make sure to twist the paper tape firmly so that the ends stick to the dowel and do not become undone.


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    Attach Leafs

    paper floral leaf
    Rita Shehan
    1. Cut out two leafs from dark green cardstock.
    2. Cut a 5” piece of medium strength floral wire
    3. Glue the leaf with the floral wire sandwiched inside together with adhesive spray.
    4. Cover the floral wire with tightly twisted floral tape.


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    Attach Leaf with Floral Tape

    paper dahlia with paper leaf
    Rita Shehan

    Attach the leaf to the flower with floral tape. Start at the bottom of the leaf and continue to twist floral tape tightly around the dowel stem. If you wish you can add another leaf on the other side to add dimension and realism to your paper dahlia. The choice is yours.


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    Your Paper Dahlia is Now Finished

    two paper dahlias
    Rita Shehan

    Your beautiful paper dahlia is now ready for display. Put it in a vase with one or more paper flowers, and enjoy! Add some seeded eucalyptus or baby's breath as a floral filler to add a touch of realism. Simply stunning!