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Make a Paper Dahlia for Fall

Paper Dahlia It is time for another paper flower! Dahlia’s are one of my all-time favorites, partly because my name is included in the letters of this luscious bloom. Dahlias come in a variety of colors and shapes so I picked a rich plum with a irregular petal pattern as my inspiration. I will not lie, this is not the simplest flower I have made. With so many petals to cut and form, it takes some commitment, but is worth every minute when you see how gorgeous it looks complete. To save some time, I have also included a Silhouette template for those of you who are lucky to have this cutting machine. I will be using these finished plum blooms on my Thanksgiving table post later this week, so stay tuned on how you can make a bold statement that is sure to awe your guests. I have prepared a step-by-step tutorial for you to follow. Remember that this kind of flower does work better with a text weight rather than a card stock paper since the latter does not curl smoothly. For the flowers in these photos I have used a metallic plum text weight from called Ruby. Just follow my tutorial below to make these flowers. You may even try small glue dots rather than hot glue to avoid glue strings. At the end of the post you will find the buttons for the downloads. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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  1. how do I print the instructions for the Dahlias without all comments>

  2. I love these paper dahlias! I was looking for the svg file to cut these with my Cricut Explore…am I missing it? Thanks for sharing your amazing work!! I have just ordered the paper from Paper-Papers to make the Hydrangea wreath and would love to make these as well.

    • Hi Karla, have fun with the hydrangea wreath. It is still one of my favorites!! There is a svg file, it just says Silhouette since I was using that machine back then. You should be able to use any svg file for the Cricut but give their Customer Service team a call if you have questions, they should be able to help. Enjoy!

  3. Made this for the first time, turned out pretty well! Any tips for “hiding” the glue (from a glue gun)? I had strings and clumps all over.

  4. Merci pour toutes les belles choses que vous faites et que vous nous donnez. Je fabrique pleins de choses grâce à vous. Encore merci. Marie

  5. Thank you so much for generousity in sharing your gift and your templates. I am home ill and origami has really helped me to concentrate on something other than the pain. I appreciate your post!

    • Hi Cheryl, thank you for reaching out. My goal is to inspire and teach so it makes me really happy to hear that it is taking your mind off other things. Sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling feel, I will be thinking of you!

  6. These are some of the prettiest paper flowers I have seen anywhere. I jus love them. How clever you are and thank you for sharing these with us.

  7. Very beautiful.. love your flowers. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this Lia! I am going to make my first one today and can’t wait!

    • That is great! Note that you are choosing the most difficult of my flowers to choose from. 😉 But the results are worth it.

      • Although it was a more difficult one to do it turned out amazing! I’m going to try the tulip next! Thank you so very much for sharing all these wonderful ideas! I am following you on all your social links and just love your creativity! Keep up the amazing work! xx

  9. HI LISA,

    • Hi Marie, sadly the older Cricuts do not let you upload designs, however, there may be a possibility that mine will be added into their store. I am currently working on a group of project with them right now that will be launched in the next few months.

  10. Lia… Not sure if you already answered this question … I’m cutting out the Dahlia’s with my Silhouette using the Ruby Stardream Metallic paper what should my settings be on Silhouette?
    I can’t stop making flowers … Thanks for all your help!!!!!

  11. Lia,
    Your Paper Dahlias are beautiful! Do you know if I can use my Cricut to upload the template?
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. thank you for this tutorial
    i try to make it on 1/12

  13. Lia I am so excited to have found you . I want to make everything .Have made some more dahlias and will have a go at putting them on wires . Am going to make one from vintage music paper ……
    Have also made some feathers that look like real feathers . Can you tell me how you glittered yours ?

    A huge thank you
    Sue x

  14. Have just made my first Dahlia in pearlescent cream ( all I had and couldn’t wait to get started).I just love it .Did the cutting out by hand but will be getting my silhouette out to do some more .Must get some different coloured paper .

    Lia thanks for your generosity in sharing . What would you recommend to put it in a wire

    Big thank you Sue

    • Yay! So good to hear. I would wire them like I do the paper mums. You make a spiral at the top of the wire and glue it to the back, covering it with a disc.

  15. Just discovered you and love all your creations but have been unable to download the templates . Have tried the lovely feather and Dahlia without success ,Internet just stops working . Is there another way to get the templates .

    Regard Sue x

    • Are you downloading the PDF or the Silhouette files? The PDF opens another window but the Silhouette will open as a pop up. Your browser may have that blocked. Check that out and let me know. We will figure it out.

  16. I love your dahlia’s but before I try can you tell me what text weight paper is please? The paper in England is in gsm.

    I have only just discovered your blog so not only am I excited about making the Dahlias but also you other makes.

    Thank you so much for sharing :)

  17. bonjour, je viens de France et désire savoir ou trouver le papier métallique. J’aime beaucoup votre travail. Merci

  18. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  19. These are gorgeous! You almost can’t tell they’re made from paper! :)

  20. Beautiful dahlia! I shall look forwad to making this

  21. I’m a mixed media artist and construct botanical subjects which I then paint. So all my works are 3 dimensional or at least heavily textured. I’ve been studying many different methods to make paper flowers so that they look realistic and not like a ‘craft’. This is one of the best tutorials I’ve found yet and I will definitely be using this. My challenge will be to paint the flowers afterwards!

    • I guess you are right, that is how my flowers are different. Less crafty looking. I can’t wait to see what you do with them in your art. Do share.

  22. Great, a quick questions though… for the first “cone” what part do you glue?

  23. Really cool, thanks for sharing :)

  24. Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers. As a floral designer, I must say that these are gorgeous. Love the color you selected.

  25. Totally going to try and make these but for a headband for my little girl’s holiday dress. Wish me luck!

  26. Your dahlias are gorgeous! I adore them and can’t wait to try them out. I also love the overall design and aesthetic of your blog. Beautiful!

  27. i love the dahlias – they are one of my favorites. i even had them as our wedding flower. i will try my hand at recreating this. :)

    • You go! Come on over and use my cutter if you like. Maybe we should get a group together and do a crafty gift wrap night at my house. . . just for fun. Idea.

  28. These are beautiful! I love these and I am definitely going to try to make one. BTW, so fun meeting you at the PNWBlogger event. Hopefully we can connect again.

  29. STUN.NING!!!! These kind of took my breath away. What a rich and fresh color for a Thanksgiving table with those metallics. LOVE! We’ll have to see if I have as much patience as you. 😉 (p.s. emailed you last night.)

    • Thanks Dana! I made them in front of the TV one night watching my favorite show. That helps. 😉

      • Okay, Ill try it. I think I’ll pull a little Psych up on Netflix and paper craft away! This will be my first TRUE handcraft with paper so we’ll see how it goes. Dahlias are my fave too! 😉

        • You go girl! I am wishing I could cut them for you on my Silhouette. 😉

          • Hee-hee I wish you could too, only cuz that would mean we were neighbors! 😉 But my mom actually has one! Lucky me! As soon as I feel up to it, we’re going to do them together. Plum is her favorite color and she ADORED these! I’ve been looking all week for good paper with no luck though. Probably will have to order from your place and do them later. I would much rather have instant gratification! 😉 thx, girl.

          • That would be fun. . . we could talk adrenal over a cup of tea :-)

  30. so grateful you made these for silhouette! This is my favorite flower to date!

  31. Guauuu….Una meravella, BEAUTIFUL flower

    Thanks , i want to do that o …. make???hehehe, ( i don’t know what word is right),
    Una abraçada.

  32. Thank you for the Silhouette template!

  33. Gorgeous. Links still aren’t working.any way you can email me the pattern? I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

  34. Hermosas!!! absolutely beautiful!!! thanks for sharing!! a warn hug from the caribbean!!

  35. Love these!!! Let the Dahlia making begin!!!! Beautiful!!!!

  36. Forgot to ask, what paper are the leaves? I love it.

  37. They’re beautiful! I can’t wait to try to make them.

  38. Stunning as usual! Can’t wait to try them out. Highlight of my week!

  39. soooooo gorgeous!

  40. Beautiful again – the colours look stunning. I love your photography too!

  41. Fiori meravigliosi…bravissima

  42. I’m in love with these. I would love to use them for boutonnieres for my summer wedding. However, it won’t let me click on the printable template.

  43. I can’t download the PDF of the printable pattern. (tried both Safari and Firefox)

  44. These are gorgeous…almost real… am so in love with your blog! :)
    Following you all around ! :)

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