Dahlia Wreath

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Did you see the wreath I made to finish off my Scrap Floor Wall Art project? I received a ton of requests for a tutorial so here you go – an easy Dahlia Wreath!

You’ll need: (affiliate link proceeds on my blog are all donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations):

* A large piece of cardboard

* Pencil

* A piece of twine or string

* Scissors

* A hot glue gun

* An empty planter or other circular object. This should be about 10 inches smaller in diameter than you’d like your wreath to be. For example, I want my wreath to be 30 inches across so I’m using a 20 inch planter.

* Paper - you can use printer paper, scrapbook or craft paper, heavy duty wrapping paper, or even pages from an old book. I don’t recommend anything too flimsy, like tissue paper, as it needs to be able to hold its shape and not crush easily.

*Utility knife


*Self healing mat... or paper cutter (instead of the utility knife, ruler, and mat for quick work of the cutting step).

First, use your circular object to trace a circle on the cardboard. Cut out your circle with the scissors.

Create a loop with the twine or string and tie a knot with the ends. Place the loop so it sets at the outer edge of the cardboard circle. Apply a generous amount of hot glue over the knot and lower part of the twine.

Next, cut out squares of paper that measure about 4 inches on each side. The squares don’t need to be an exact four inches however they do all need to be the same, whatever size you go with. I’m pointing this out because printer paper and many books are 8 and a half inches.  If you are using these kinds of paper, it’ll be easier to cut the pages in half, resulting in a 4 and a quarter inch square. Try not to go any larger than 4 and a half inches.

You’ll need quite a few paper squares – my 20 inch piece of cardboard will need 328 squares to make all of the petals.

Create cones by wrapping each square so that it has an open end and a closed, pointed end. Secure with hot glue.

Once you have a pile of paper cones, begin gluing them to the cardboard circle. Glue down each closed end and position the cone so that the open end’s point is in the middle. Leave a small space and glue down the next one.  

Continue all the way around for the first layer.

For the second layer, glue in between the cones of the first layer.

Continue gluing in this pattern for all additional layers.  

The cones will begin to layer at more of an angle as you go.

Carefully glue the last few in the middle.

Once the glue has cooled, the wreath is ready to hang!

Watch the step-by-step video tutorial here! I also donate my YouTube proceeds to no-kill shelters and rescue organizations so I would be so greateful if you watched, liked, subscribed, and shared ❤

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  • Cindy Cindy on May 16, 2020

    BEAUTIFUL !!! TFS I am curious if printer paper would absorb a watercolor edge to give the wreath more of a dahlia look? I have never worked with watercolors, but I do love the blurry effect rather than the sharper painted effects, especially with flowers. Also does anyone know if origami paper would be too heavy...just trying to cheat on all of the cutting, LOL . I do intend on trying this very pretty and easy craft. I will try to post pics. 🎍😊

  • Rebecca Rebecca on May 16, 2022

    Could you tell me how much space is between each legal on the first row? So beautiful!😊

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  • Jp Jp on May 16, 2022

    What a great helper you have.

  • Colleen Colleen on May 21, 2022

    I was inspired, but I had to do something with color. Turns out I had a ream of colored paper waiting for me to try this. I also didn't want my flowers to be perfect. I added a smaller petal inside the bigger petal of a different color to give depth. I added a magnet to the back and stuck them on my refrigerator. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • OnTheFly...DIY OnTheFly...DIY on May 28, 2022

      Ooooh, I love them!! So beautiful and you are right - the smaller petal inside of the bigger one gives more depth (and textural interest)! Thank you SO MUCH for posting your finished project - I'm so excited with how gorgeous they turned out!