So I've been on a Cricut kick this month apparently! Again this project can be done without a Cricut, but it sure does make it simple! It does all the tedious work for you so you can just have fun assembling these cute little flowers! (This isn't going to be an in depth Cricut tutorial, unfortunately. I don't consider myself a pro with it or anything, but I'll give basic tips to help along the way! ) There is so much versatility with these, also! Make them large, make them small, whatever your project size these add such a fun pop of color! I found the petal template on google images, saved it to my phone, I then uploaded it to my Cricut Design Space and sized them all in half inch increments, the largest for this flower was a 3 inch, 2.5", and so on, this flower had 5 layers so just decrease each layer by 0.5", but you can make them to have more or less, its beautifully customizable! If you wanted you could definitely hand cut these cuties, it would just be a bit more tedious, but these turn out so cute it would be so worth it!
Paper Flowers With Cricut
SO here is what it looks like all laid out in the Cricut design space, I usually just size one, then duplicate it for each size, this size will make about a 6-7 inch flower, I made 7 of the largest, then 6 of every other size petal, I also add from the preloaded shapes, the line, to the bottom of each petal and set it to "Cut" in the settings and it will cut a small slit in the bottom of each petal, this gives the petal its shape, the base for this flower is a 3' circle I cut also with my Cricut.
I just love this little machine! If you don't have a cutting machin, I highly recommend! I don't have experience with Silhouette, but I hear they are great too!
The supplies after cut! You can use hot glue, but I opted for double sided tape this time to avoid burning myself! If you use hot glue be very careful! These are very small pieces and its very easy to get burned by the glue and we all know that's not fun!
SO if you add the line in design space this is how the bottom of the petal will look, if your hand cutting just cut a small slit about a 1/4 way up in the middle of the bottom of each petal.
Tape or glue the pieces over each other, less cross over will give you a more open flower, more cross over will give you a more closed flower!
I use my finger to cur the edge of the flower back away from itself, you want it to form more of an "S" shape not a "C" shape with this step!
Though, for the smallest layer, I do like to curl them in on themselves, so they form that "C" shape, this helps to give the appearance of the flower in bloom
All the petals are made, now its time to assemble the flower! I like to use pom poms for the middle! But you can use beads, paint, tissue paper, really anything to give it that pretty contrasting center!
Now for the fun part! Time to add the petals to the base! I usually place them about a 1/4-1/2 inch in from the sides and just slightly over lap them to the next one.
So here it is with the first row complete! You can see the slight over lap of each petal!
For the next layer, slightly stagger the petals as shown, continue in this pattern until all petals are used!
Here it is after all the petals are attached!
Just glue in the little pom pom for the center with a dot of hot glue and you are all set!!
We used these for a function at my full time job!
How fun it this! Definitely makes going to the dentist more fun, if you ask me!