This post contains affiliate links and/or images. For my daughter’s 16th birthday, she wanted to have her bedroom redecorated. I was in complete agreement as her room was pretty juvenile and she hadn’t made many changes in almost 5 years. We took everything off the wall and painted it a pale lavender. We put up dark grey drapes, which went beautifully with the light purple walls. We replaced one of her small bookcases for a storage bench, with 6 fabric lined drawers. We have limited storage space in our house, so this was a smart decorating decision on Caitlin’s part.
When it came to the wall decor, she was pretty adamant about what she wanted. She wanted to keep it simple and didn’t want to spend a lot of money (Yay!!) A friend of ours has a daughter the same age as Caitlin and she had made a handful of pretty paper flowers and laced them on her wall. Caitlin wanted to make the paper dahlia flowers for her room. Because it was going to cost about $5 to make for each flower, I was A-OK with her idea!
DIY Paper Dahlia Flowers
These flowers are a bit of a time sucker (about an 45-60 minutes per flower), but the end result is far worth the time and energy. Caitlin said what took the most time was making the first flower as you are kind of figuring things out as you go. She said the next 3 flowers went more quickly. We bought colored card stock from the craft store. Each pack of 50 sheets was only $3.99 and with our 40% off coupon, it came out to only $2.39 per pack. To make sure we had plenty of color options for our flowers, we got one pack of pastel and one pack of bright colors.
10 Sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ colored card stock (Each flower has 4 layers. The biggest layer takes 4 sheets, the next layer takes 3, the third layer takes 2 and then the center will take 1 sheet.)
Low Temp Glue Gun
Scotch or masking tape (optional)
Paper Trimmer (not necessary but highly recommended)
How to do it:
Step 1: Cut a 6.5″ circle out of cardboard. Use your paper trimmer to cut your pieces of paper into 4.25″ x 5.5″, squares, (which is taking your 8.5×11 sheet and cutting it into fourths.)
Step 2: Roll each piece of paper into a cone shape with a point in the center of one end. Use a small dot of glue or scotch tape to hold in place. Caitlin preferred to use the tape.
Step 3: Glue the first layer of cones around the edge of the cardboard circle.
Step 4: Your next layer will be glued slightly inside of the outer layer. For the third layer and center cone, you may want to trim off about 2-3″ off the cone before gluing them on. My daughter folded them in, instead of cutting them.
Step 5: You can hang from the ceiling or hang on the wall.
What color combination would you use for your Paper Dahlia Flowers?
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