It is time for a new paper flower! Today we’re making paper dendrobium orchids using gorgeous frosted papers in shades of purple. And thanks to our friends over at PaperPapers, this flower pattern is free. Just scroll down for the details!
Once you have your tools and materials ready to go, you can either use the printable pattern if cutting by hand or the SVG file for your cutting machine. Both of these patterns are available to download over on the PaperPapers blog.
After downloading the pattern you need, the paper dendrobium orchids are quite simple to make using 20-gauge wire and floral tape. We have written out instructions for you, or you can follow the photo tutorial for more guidance. Because this flower grows naturally on trees and tree branches, you could also try gluing your blooms on actual branches for a more realistic look. Otherwise, just follow our instructions for how to create your own stems!
Stay tuned for a version of this flower where we will make a full potted orchid plant to decorate your home. And if you love orchids and want to make more varieties, make sure to browse all of our DIY orchid designs. Enjoy! ~ Lia and team
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- Floral Wire – 20 Gauge
- Green Floral Tape
- Frosted Paper in Violet, Amethyst, and Punch
- Flower Pattern
How to Make Paper Dendrobium Orchids
- Gather the craft tools and materials above. Then download our flower pattern (over on PaperPapers’ blog).
- Cut out your petals according to the pattern, using your scissors or cutting machine.
- Cross and glue tails of the two sets of three petals to form cups.
- Glue three petals onto floral wire and repeat with second set.
- Wrap floral tape around the top of each stem and wrap both stems together with smallest longer than second.
- Glue three folded heart pieces onto tips of floral wire.
- Fold each of the five petals in center and use edge of scissors to curl.
- Curl three petals on center pieces.
- Slide heart petals between two smaller petals and glue in place.
- Glue five petals in place in same order as pattern.
- Tape tops of each stem with floral tape.
- Tape each bloom progressively onto the stem.
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
Your flowers bring happiness to my life. i smile everytime I make them. thank you!!
I am having problems assembling the buds. Do you have a more detail showing how to do the step?
Hi Nancy! Unfortunately this is the only photo tutorial we have for this project. If you send an email to email@example.com with more detail about what you’re stuck on, we can help!
I can’t find the PDF file for patter of Denrobium?
Hi Shirley, there is a link in the post that will take you to the site where the pattern is hosted (http://www.paper-papers.com/news/metallic-paper-dendrobium-orchids/)
Got it thanks.
Hello Lia, I love this project. I would like to add this to my blog as a great craft project my readers would love. Would it be okay to write a short description of the project, use one of your Pinterest images, and then link back to you for the full project?
You can definitely do that Lynn! I love when other blogs share my projects! I only ask that you keep the liagriffith.com watermark on the bottom of the photo 🙂 Thank you so much for thinking to include me on your blog!
where do I find the svg version of this flower?
This craft was sponsored by Paper-Papers, so you can find the files over on their site 🙂 Here is a link: http://www.paper-papers.com/news/metallic-paper-dendrobium-orchids/
Would this project work with crepe paper instead?
Yes, you can. Make sure to align the pattern with the grain though. So your points on your petals are vertical with the vertical grain. Does that make sense?
How much do all the materials usually cost? And where would you suggest we get these supplies?
Hi Amy, there are direct links to Paper-Papers, where we got the paper from, in the post. You can find 20 gage wire and floral tape at a craft store like Michaels, Joann’s etc. Cost I guess depends on where you live:-)
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Your paper flowers are awesome to have as decorations around the house 😀 I’ve also given a bouquet of your paper roses as a christmas present and the recipient was delighted! I’m going to make these dendrobiums and have them around the house for a summer themed decoration as well! 😀 Your projects and templates are easy to follow and are astounding! More power to you Lia!
Your comment made my day!!! Thank you so much!
Hello I just got a silhouette camo tonight and was excited to upload this svg file to it but it wont let me. when i click on the download it goes to internet explore please help.
The file is hosted by Paper-Papers.com http://www.paper-papers.com/news/metallic-paper-dendrobium-orchids/ Have you looked in your download folder, since it is a large file it is saved as a zip and doesn’t pop-up on the screen. On my computer it shows all files downloaded at the bottom of my browser.
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I love these! My real orchids seem to always die! Did you rub gold stamp on them to make them look more natural?
I know, mine too:) That is why I love this one. I added a gold spray paint, just be careful so you don’t add too much.
Thank you for another great tutorial! I’ve been making paper flowers for my wedding and your hydrangeas are one of the varieties I’ve made, I’m super happy with how they’ve turned out. Although the wedding is only a few weeks away, these orchids look approachable enough that I’m very tempted to add them to the decor! Would you be able to give an estimate of how long it takes you to make it? I know it’s hard to say, since you are probably way faster than I would ever be, but a time guideline would be super helpful, sometimes I’m hesitant to take on one of your beautiful projects because it looks like it could take hours!
Hello Grace! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! So excited to hear that you have been making paper flowers for your wedding, we just did a paper flower wedding this weekend and it turned out absolutely beautiful. This Dendrobium Orchids is actually one of my “easier” one so I’d say to give it a try. Hope you have a great time at the wedding and congratulations again!
I recently subscribed to your blog & email, and always look for your posts and open them first! You mesmerize me with your creative talent and I am looking forward to getting involved.
Hi Jean, thanks for reaching out. Hearing that you open my blogposts first just made my day!
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Other than the metallic paper, what other papers can we use to make these?
Try any paper in text weight paper, card-stock is too heavy.
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Beautiful as always lia, I’m so excited when I see an email link from you. Xx
Thank you! I will keep them coming:)
Superbe!… merci pour le partage…
How do you do it? Another gorgeous flower to make!!! These are just fabulous! Thank you so much for always being so generous.
My pleasure. Can you tell that I absolutely love flowers and cannot get enough of them;-)