Make a Paper Carnation Flower

The most abundant flower is the Carnation.  But real flowers wilt.  Not these Paper Carnation Flowers!  I made several from cardstock and more from crepe paper.  Crepe Paper, you would think would be difficult to cut on Cricut but it isn’t!  

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

What you will need:
Paper Selection

Paper Carnation flowers can literally be made in ANY color.  The crepe paper ones look better than the cardstock flowers but they both look good.  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 Carnation Flowers

If you want to cut the flower out of felt or fabric and you have a maker use the rotary wheel.   I haven’t tried this yet but I give you the general instructions here.

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 cut 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 Carnation Flowers
 This is a simple one.  For the cardstock flowers, start by folding the flower pieces in half then into thirds (between the petals).  Next, glue the ends of the petals together only up until the zigzag cut starts.  Then glue the first one to the last one in a circle.  Feed a wire up through the middle and wrap it around the needle nose once or twice so that it doesn’t pull out.  Manually spread the petals apart.  Try to make them as full and random as possible.  Attach the pointy leaf circle to the back of the flower.  Wrap the stem with floral tape wrapping the leaves in randomly up the stem.
For the crepe paper flowers start by gluing the centers together flat.  Then poke the wire through the center and wrap it around once to secure it.  The flowers fluff much easier.  Gather the flower layers around the center and make them random.  Then glue the multi-pointed green piece in a circle behind the flowers.  Attach leaves if you like.


And your Paper Carnation Flowers are done! You can see all the paper flower tutorials from this year’s and last year’s Flower Week here.

Here is a bouquet of all the carnation flowers I made.


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