Spring is in the air, and it’s time to bring that spirit indoors. For a festive flower decoration that doesn’t wilt after a few days, try these easy-to-make paper dahlias that pack a lot of personality. All you need is some scrapbook paper, scissors, and a hot glue gun to make these amazing lifelike flowers all your own!
Step 1: Cut
Start by cutting up your paper. Use a cardboard cake circle or another pre-made template to trace as many bases as you need. Large flowers should use an 8-inch base; smaller ones can use a 5-inch base. For a nice mixed bouquet, aim for an equal balance of both.
You’ll also need to cut out small squares for your “petals.” For each large dahlia, make 40 squares of 4.5 inches on each side, and 15 squares of 4 inches on each side. (Note: You may not use all of them, but it’s best to be prepared!)
Step 2: Cone
Form cones out of each of your square pieces of paper. Hold the paper by one corner and overlap it around itself, securing the sides together with your hot glue gun.
Step 3: Cover
Now you can apply the cones to the circular base. Starting with the larger 4.5-inch squares, glue the tips of the cones to the circle, about a half-inch away from the edge. Leave about 1/2 inch of space between each cone tip, going all the way around.
Step 4: Continue
Next, you’ll add a second layer of cones on top the first. Glue their tips slightly more towards the center of the circle base, spaced between each first-layer cone. By the third layer, switch to your smaller 4-inch cones, and continue inward.
Step 5: Complete
When you reach the center of the circle, you may want to bend the tips of your cones to glue them in securely. Press them in using a dowel or the eraser end of a pencil to avoid bending your other cones.
And voila! A beautiful flower — no water required! See the video below for more details.