Make a Paper Calla Lily Flower

One of my favorite flowers to make is the Paper Calla Lily Flower.    And this is one of the simplest flowers to make. Flowers have little parts and use up most of my scrap bin every time I make them.   I made several from felt and more from crepe paper.  Crepe Paper, you would think would be difficult to cut on Cricut but it isn’t!

You can see all the paper flower tutorials from this year’s and last year’s Flower Week here.

These paper flowers have 4 different parts in the download file.  You can attach leaves or not.  The leaves are in this file.  The stem is easy to do with floral wire and floral tape.  You can get both at Walmart

What you will need:
Paper Selection

Paper Calla Lily flowers look best with one big white petal and dark leaves.  For these I used crepe paper for all the leaves, the petals and the stamen.  It does cut well from felt and fabric too.  And of course cardstock.  The stem is made from floral wire and floral tape.  Floral tape is wonderful because it doesn’t stick to anything but itself.

Cutting the Paper Calla Lily

If you want to cut the flower out of felt or fabric and you have a maker use the rotary wheel. 

If you don’t have a maker, it is a little harder.  I tried using fusible material and haven’t made it work yet but I’m still trying. What I did do to get the felt cut was first use the deep cut blade and then attach the felt to contact paper. I used Duck Brand contact paper.  Place the felt on your mat with the contact paper down and cut on the felt fused setting.  Tape the whole piece down to the mat with painters tape.  The Cricut cuts the design twice.  It cuts it well if it isn’t to intricate of a cut and this flower isn’t intricate.

To cut from crepe paper you need the rotary blade too, so the maker will work but not an expression machine.  The fine point blade cuts on the Air it but it tears very easily.  On the maker do not use a new mat.  Use an old one that has lost a little of its sticky or a light grip mat.  The rotary blade cut much much better than I thought it would.  It even managed to cot small holes on another flower.

If you want to cut a bouquet all at once just duplicate the flower however many times you want.  You can move the flower parts around to minimize waste paper and cutting time.

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Watch my video for cutting Multiple colors on one mat

Assembling the Paper Calla Lily Flower
First, you will want to wrap the yellow stamen around the floral wire.  Attach it with liquid glue and then roll it around the wire keeping the bottom straight.  This allows the cuts on the yellow piece to flair out.  Glue the end with liquid glue.
Next gather the bottom of the calla lily and glue it to the wire just under the stamen.  Do not wrap it because you only want it to go around once.
Lightly glue one of the leaves on the stem fairly low.  Wrap the stem with floral tape moving up and overlapping a lot until you secure the leaf with several layers of tape.  Then wrap inside the leaf for a little while letting it stick out.  About half way between the bottom leaf and the flower base attach the second leaf the same way.
Continue wrapping until you cover part of the base, securing it to the flower.  Cut the flower tape and stretch it as much as you can and wrap it once or twice around the flower.  This makes the floral tape stick better to itself.
 
And one of your paper calla lily flowers is done.  Continue again the same way if you want several flowers.  You can see all the paper flower tutorials from this year’s and last year’s Flower Week here.
 
Here is a picture of the vase full of calla lilies I made.

Make a Paper Calla Lily Flower bouquet
Bouquet of Calla Lilies

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