I love peonies. My Grandmother had several bushes around her front porch. But real peonies draw big black ants! These paper peonies won’t though! They can be made from cardstock or crepe paper.
Peonies come mostly in various colors. I made my paper peonies from patterned cardstock and crepe paper. The stamens though are all made from yellow cardstock. None of the paper has to be two sided but it does look better. I made single peonies but you can easily make doubles.
Cutting the Paper Peonies
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. 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.
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.
The stamen are all made from cardstock because there is just too much detail.
If you want to make double paper peonies, make extra copies of all the pink petal pieces and assemble the same way. This works better with crepe paper.All