Making paper flowers can be really easy and there are tons of ways to dress them up. In this DIY paper flower tutorial I’ll show you how to put paper flowers on a fabric covered canvas panel. I like to have a larger panel in the middle and 2 smaller panels on the side but you can change it up however you want to suite your taste and needs. At the end there’s a link to purchase the materials kit I used for this project so you can make the exact project at home using my DIY paper flower tutorial. Let’s get started…
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- Cardstock (6 sheets of 12X12 in colors of your choice)
- Fabric (1/2 yard in pattern of your choice)
- Canvas panels (1 panel 12X12, 2 panels 10X10)
- Tape runner
- Hot glue gun (NOT HIGH TEMP)
- Hot glue sticks
- Small gem stones
- Small flower pattern (image #M42023 in Cricut Design Space)
- If you’re using your Cricut to cut the cardstock you’ll need a Light Grip Mat
Step one (DIY Paper Flower Tutorial)
Cut your flower patterns out of cardstock.
For the smaller flowers used on the side panels you’ll need 8 large, 8 medium and 8 small petals per flower. For the project I made my large petals were 4”, my medium petals were 3.5” and my small petals were 3”.
(Cricut tip: If you’re using your Cricut just select “insert image” and type #M42023 into the search. The small flower petal pattern will come up and you can insert that into your project. This pattern is free with Cricut Access. Use a light grip mat and place the textured side of your cardstock down if you’re using textured cardstock. You will need to arrange your project onto the mats yourself. If you let Cricut do it you’ll need more cardstock. To arrange the project just select the petal and move it where you want it. To move a petal from one mat to another, select the petal, click the 3 dots in the top left corner and choose “move to another mat” then just drag it to the mat you want it on. You can watch this video on how to do it.)
For the large flower in the middle you’ll need 24-28 squares. My squares are 3.5”. All of your squares will be the same size. If you’re cutting petals by hand just get a ruler and measure out 3.5” across and down to form the square then cut one out to use as a template. From there you can cut the rest.
(Cricut tip: If you’re using your cricut for this DIY paper flower tutorial, just insert a square into your project and resize it to 3.5”. Duplicate 24-28 times and cut from your mat. No need to rearrange these on the mat. Cricut does a good job of it.)
Step 2 (DIY Paper Flower Tutorial)
Cut a base for your flowers to go on.
Use any scrap material you have around the house. I used some cardboard from an Amazon box. You can use an old cereal box, cardstock, craft foam… just whatever you have laying around that’s thicker than regular notebook paper. Trace out a circle using something from around the house as well. I used the lid of a mason jar but you can use the lid of a peanut butter jar, a sippy cup lid, the base of a coffee cup…anything round will do. The size DOES NOT matter. You’ll need 3 of these.
Step 3 (DIY Paper Flower Tutorial)
Assemble your small flowers.
Take a circle you cut from cardboard (or whatever you used) and find the center. Use your pen and place a small dot in the center. This will be your guide to work from. Using your tape runner, start to assemble your small flowers. Start with the large petals. Place some tape around the bottom and tape the petal down to your circle base. Place the next petal opposite to the one you just taped down (see image).
Add a petal to the left and right of the first petal you placed and then do the same thing for the for the opposite petal (see image)
Add your last 2 petals to the right and left and your bottom circle of petals is done (see image).
Move on to your medium petals and place them in between your first circle of petals (see image). Build this ring the same way you built the first. Move on to your small petals and complete your 3rd circle lining them up with the first circle you made (see image).
Once you have all 3 layers of your small flower made, get some hot glue and place directly in the middle of your flower. Drop a gem stone down and your flower is complete.
Repeat these steps for the 2nd small flower.
Step 4 (DIY Paper Flower Tutorial)
Assemble your large flower.
To make this flower you’ll start by rolling each square into a cone. Turn the square to where it points up and down like a diamond. Pull the left and right corners in to each other until you have a cone (I do this for you a few times in the video so you can see how. It’s not hard, just takes some getting used to). Use the hot glue and run glue down one side of your cone. Glue this side to the other side to seal your cone. Do this for all 24-28 cones.
Grab another circle base and put some hot glue in the middle. Start arranging your cones on the circle so each one is touching the next gluing the center as you go (see image). Continue this process until you have used all of your cones adding layers as you go. When you have added all of your cones, drop some hot glue down in the middle of your flower and place your gem stone.
Step 5 (DIY Paper Flower Tutorial)
Assemble your canvas panels.
It is totally fine to use a regular canvas on the wood frame! I just like the panels because they’re easier to work with in my opinion (and they’re cheaper…yay!)
Lay your canvas panel down on your fabric and cut out about an inch larger on each side (see image).
Hot glue each side of the fabric down to the back of the canvas panel. Once you have all the canvas panels covered with fabric, take the hot glue and place a good amount on the back of the circle base for one of your small flowers. Eyeball the center of your fabric covered canvas panel and place the flower down. Repeat this step for the other 2 flowers and that’s it. You’re all done with your DIY paper flowers on fabric covered canvas panels.
To hang your canvas panels, just put a couple command strips on the back of each one and place it wherever you’d like. I hope you enjoyed the DIY Paper Flower Tutorial. I’d love to see what you made!
Want to make your own canvas panels?
If you want to purchase the materials kit and make the exact flowers I made just click this link. The kit includes 3 canvas panels, 6 sheets of card stock, fabric to cover the panels and the gem stones for the center of your panels. The petals are not cut out. You will need to provide your own glue gun, glue, tape and other materials not included in the kit. Due to changes in available fabric, these exact fabrics may not always be available. I will have current photos of all material kits available shown in my store.