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Cascading Paper Flower Garland + Tutorial

Cascading Paper Flower Garland DIY Paper Flower Garland Cascading Paper Flower Garland April shower bring gorgeous cascading paper flower garlands!  You may remember a version of this garland that I created about a year ago. I have made some changes, upgrades and improvements and here it is, version two just for you. I can see this garland as a backdrop for a wedding ceremony, or for at the reception. It would also be perfect for a spring party or event. Or to decorate a room. I will be using this cascade garland in the decorating of my new home. This garland template is printed onto letter weight (not card stock) cream, pale yellow and pale green papers with a metallic sheen that I purchased at Paper Source. The PDF is three pages, one for each color of paper. I purchased my branch from a floral wholesale house, but you may be able to find one at your local florist on perhaps one that fallen from a tree. Just follow the tutorial below to create this beautiful spring decoration. Cheers! ~ Lia

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  1. Lia,

    I’m strongly considering purchasing a Cricut Explore to create this awesome project for my wedding (and many more projects). How do I go about getting this template?

    • Hi Andrea, I think you will love a Cricut Explorer. I made this paper flower before I had a Cricut so I didn’t make it in a SVG file. However you can convert the pdf into a jpeg and cut with Cricut. Cricut’s customer service department should be able to help you if you have any questions. Believe it or not, I actually do not work for Cricut:)

  2. Hi there! Im wanting to do a lot of the small flower on the first page. I would like to get as many of this printed on one page as possible. Is there anyway you would share a document of a page with just the small flower? I thought maybe 12 copies of that flower would fit on a page and that would save me from wasting a lot of paper. Just thought I would check :)

    • HI Jaymie, I am all for saving a few trees but I don’t have enough time in the day to get everything I want to do done:( Can you use the flowers on the 2nd page?

  3. Question…what do you mean by ‘glue a tab’…I can tell on the instructional pictures what that means.. thanks

    • Each flower has a little tab on the open side that is not part of the petal formation. This is how you can shape your flowers into cones, by using the tab to glue to the other flat edge.

  4. A scissor cutting tip:

    When trying to cut the edges that face the opposite direction of your cutting hand (lefty/righty), hold them up to sunlight and cut from the back. It helps make the cutting edge is visible. You’ll know what I mean when you try it. For example, it will be more difficult cutting one side of a ‘flower petal’ when starting from an inner corner of a ‘flower’. Instead of rotating the blades and knackering up the paper, turn it around and cut from the back side, using the sunlight to illuminate the lines. However, you soon may realize you don’t have any sunlight because steps 2, 3 and 4 will occupy 40-60 man-hours in total, if you want it done right. Of course, it turned out well for us. Looks great!

  5. This is amazing. Do you have a commercial license available for this? I have so many ideas for things to do with this that I could easily sell. I’d like to give credit where it’s due and you, my friend, are the real deal.

    • Thanks Kelsie! I do offer commercial license. You can email me at lia at lia griffith dot com and let me know your projections.

  6. Hey I was wondering how you curled your flowers so well?

  7. How did you curl the paper?

  8. Hi Lia, I’m so sorry to bother you again, but how far apart did you space your flowers? How long is the longest length? The shortest length? How long is your branch? Thanks.

    • The branch is about 7 feet wide. I spaced the strands about 4-5 inches apart and the flowers 2-3 inches. It is all guess. This is now a chandelier in my entryway. ;-)

  9. Hi Lia! This is a beautiful craft project! I saw in one of the comments form last year that you were trying to get this as a template for the Cricut- were you able to? My friend has one and would be willing to help me with it but I wasn’t sure how to find out if it’s a template with Cricut. Also I personally am unfamiliar with how a circut works so forgive me if I don’t make sense with this question!

    • If you have the new Cricut Explore then I can get you the template to upload. If she has an older version it will not be available until July.

  10. Hi Lia, I just wanna let you know that I am very happy, very lucky that I found your site. Everything here makes my wedding planning easy. Thank you very much for sharing this. You’ve make the lives of many brides easy and happier! God bless you! Thank you, thank you……

  11. I am making this right now for a back drop for my wedding ceremony in less than 2 weeks! thank you for sharing, and boy is this a lot of cutting :) I’m just confused about the green leaf trios. I don’t see them in your pictures? Am I just crazy, or did you not put them on your floral strings? I can see the individual folded leaves, but I don’t see the sets of three green leaves anywhere. I don’t know if I’m supposed to curl or fold them either. Please let me know what I am missing. Thank you so much!

    • You are so right! I used these leaves in my original version but this one I didn’t and forgot to delete them. You can add them if you like. I wish you had a cutting machine. . . they go so much faster. ;-)

      • Thanks, Lia. Did you leave them out for a reason (i.e. you didn’t like how it looked as much when you added them?). If you were going to add them in, would you curl them one way or another? I really don’t have an eye for this stuff — I just love this garland so much. And I’ve already cut out the leaf trios :)

        Thanks again!! If it ends up looking decent, I’ll definitely post a picture for you.

        • I would LOVE to see your photos. I have to admit, it has been a year since I made it, so I can’t remember… I may have simply forgotten to add them in. If I had used them, I would have folded them in half down the middle like the other leaves and curled the edges just a bit. Add them between the flowers where you need these extra leaves to fill in the spaces and make it fuller.

      • Hi Lia,

        I too am cutting these out and it is taking a very long time. What do you mean by a cutting machine? And I love all your projects, by the way. I am so happy to have found your page. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas with the rest of us.

        • I currently use a Cricut Explore (you can see the link on my right hand banner) and before that I used a Cameo Silhouette. LOVE the Explore and you will see more projects coming up using that machine. If you are a regular crafter or prepping for a wedding or big event, I think it is a good investment. :-)

          • Thanks for your reply and help. I called my local Michael’s to request a demo of the Cricut Explore. Can’t wait! Jessica and Amber – I love your pictures. Thanks for sharing them. Lia – you rock! :D

          • Oh good! I hope they do a good job in showing you. There are lots of YouTube videos out there too.

  12. Wonderful! It’s very beautiful and you can use it in a lot of projects.
    Thanks for the idea.
    Ciao
    Norma

  13. Superbe site que je viens de découvrir, j’adore les oiseaux en papier et toutes ces superbes fleurs…..que d’imaginations et de goût….Félicitations, je reviendrais régulièrement vous faire une visite….Merci aussi pour tous ces tutos….

  14. Добрый день! У вас очень красивые поделки. Очень понравились птички и цветы.

  15. Thanks a lot! Merci beaucoup ;)

  16. Hi Lia,

    I wondering if you could tell me the exact white and green color paper you used for this project. Also how many total sheets do I need?

    • I used a metallic paper for all three of the colors. White gold and gold and serpentine. All of these you can order from paper-papers.com. If you open the PDF it lists how many sheets to print for each color. Show me photos when you are done. I would love to see it! :-)

  17. Hi Lia!
    I used your idea on our stage at church for Easter/spring set!!! I multiplied your materials by 6 and got to cutting! I gathered a team to help me and we got it done in a week! It was a huge project! You would be so proud of me! ha
    It turned out SO BEAUTIFUL!
    http://s90.photobucket.com/user/amberharper04/media/New%20Life%20Spring%20Set%20design/V__BA56.jpg.html

    There are about 7 photos on there so I hope you can see the others by clicking the arrows.
    What do you think?!

    • Oh my! That looked gorgeous! I love how you brought the community together to create this project. Thanks for sharing. . . it really made me smile. :-)

  18. That is so amazing.
    But, you need hour and hours of work to make this beautiful flower.
    I admire your patience.

    • Yes, the cutting does take the most time. I am working to set these up as Cricut templates which will cut back the time it takes immensely.

  19. Lia, I just love your projects and website. I get so excited every time I get an email from you just waiting to see the cool project that you are sharing. Thank you so much for sharing!

  20. Hola Lia,
    M’agrada molt aquest tutorial, encara que no entenc totes les paraules i em perdo una mica,miraré de posar-ho al traductor, tot i que de vegades em diu alguns disbarats incomprensibles, jejeje, on ho enganxes és un tronc oi? sembla natural, les flors son de color blanc i unes altres e color groc i les fulles verdes? Bé, un altre dia amb més temps miraré de “entendre-ho” amb més tranquil•litat, m’agradaria mirar de fer-ho , és molt bonic.
    Moltes gràcies , que tinguis un bon dia,(aquí és mig matí), no sé quina hora és allà on tu vius.
    Una abraçada

  21. This is so beautiful! Thank you for the instructions.

    Best wishes

  22. The new flowers can be glued easier as you improved the tabs. Like it!

    • Yes! That was one of the changes. :-)

      • Hi Lisa! This is gorgeous and I am going to attempt to make it for my little girls nursery however, I don’t fully understand the glue tab parts of the instructions. Would you mind elaborating on this for me? Thanks so much!!!

        • Just kidding! I had to look at the templates to understand fully, whoops! :) But where did you get your branch from? I love the curves in it!

          • Oh wonderful! This is so perfect for a child’s room! I got the branch from a floral shop who carries things like this, but I have found some good ones after wind storms on the side of the road too. ;-)

        • The pattern includes a little tab on the side of the flower where you will overlap and glue.

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