Paper Hydrangeas to Last A Lifetime
I will be completely honest with you here. . . I was dreading making paper hydrangeas and have put off designing the burst of tiny blooms for a very long time. Though it is one of my favorite flowers, the idea of gluing hundreds of little petals into a ball seemed daunting. One of my friends, who is also my unofficial blog coach, challenged me to design the hydrangea as it is wedding season and this is a wedding flower favorite! I am not one to miss a good challenge so I took her on. My process of designing a flower starts with what I call “noodling it over in my head”. I think through the details of the real flower and how I might build the structure, or how would this paper need to curl to replicate this petal . . . So in noodling the hydrangea, I came up with the idea of this floral wire structure of 30 strands each to make the bloom. After you have this ready, the rest is easy! If you don’t have a cutting machine, yes, cutting 60-90 little flowers for each hydrangea head is pretty time consuming, but worth it. The thing I love about hydrangeas, real or paper, is that each lush head takes a lot of space, both physically and visually. So just a few of these intricate flowers make a real statement.
For my blooms I used a metallic paper from paper-papers.com. Ice Silver on which I painted the pale green centers and Opal to give a pale yellow background to the blue wash, were my color choices. For the leaves I chose the dark green of Basis Green or Moss if you want more metallic look. . On the smaller blooms I used 60 petals, which is two sheets of paper and for the larger I glued on 90 petals, which were cut from three sheets of paper. Each flower has three leaves glued under the base of the dome. You can add more leaves on separate stems of wire if you would like extra greenery in your bouquet. For the stems I used a 12 inch floral wire that is 18 gage though 20 or 22 are fine to use too. You can find these wires in your craft store floral section. You will need 30 stems of wire for both sizes of bloom. To add some color to the paper petals, I used a simple craft paint that was quite watered down to give just a touch of color. The results are just gorgeous, don’t you think?
Below is my full tutorial on how to make these paper hydrangeas. A huge thanks to paper-papers.com for hosting this free printable pattern. At the end of this post is a link for you to go there and download the printable patterns are well as the SVG files for your Cricut Explore or Cameo Silhouette. If you are making a lot of these flowers, I do recommend you buy a Cricut Explore and am happy to answer any questions about cutting machines. I do have both brands. Enjoy! ~ Lia
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Absolutely flawless! I’m going to try to replicate your gorgeous works of art- without a circuit- for as long as my patience allows me. Considering the deadly contagion…ahem…literal pandemic going on outside my apartment my patience is Tibetan Monk levels of impressive haha not to brag, because I’m exaggerating, pssh, take that Tibetan Monks, i’d like to see you indulge your hubris and desire to appear dastardly funny via random internet comment. Did I mention the shelter in place has been going on for almost 2 months now? haha I’m going to have to turn on sticky keys in my laptop settings to prevent further ramblings via kickass DIY blog comments. I hope my boredom and loneliness aren’t contagious, however my dastard musings are straight up viral. Too tired to make sure that makes sense. I hope you find this amusing and in all sincerity, thank you so much for an awesome tutorial, super straightforward and I love the photos!
-Failed Living Flower Cultivator aka Amateur Artifical Flower Cultivator
What is the weight of the paper?
80lb. text weight 🙂
i am trying to make a hydrangea bouquet but no matter much hot glue i use, the petals wont stay on. i have used more glue and even bent the stem. what am i doing wrong?
What kind of glue and paper are you using?
Is the PDF file for the hydrangeas still available? When clicking on the link it takes me to an error page.
Love your work!
Hi Amy! Yes the PDF is available here: https://www.paperpapers.com/news/diy-metallic-paper-hydrangeas/
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I recently made these for my wedding to use as part of centerpieces. The instructions were very helpful but I found that after a while and very careful transport A LOT of the pedals tended to just fall off. Since I had to make 10 centerpieces I and my family were making these ahead of time. Do you have any suggestions on how to make them stay better or what technique you specifically used to glue the pedals unto the wire? Thank you!
Oh no! Honestly, I use quite a bit of glue on these. There is a technique where you can bend the tip of the wire so there’s more of a base to glue the petal to (check out this photo tutorial: https://liagriffith.com/metallic-paper-chrysanthemums/). Another idea would be to glue them directly to foam balls (https://liagriffith.com/make-a-diy-paper-hydrangea-wreath-for-fall/, https://liagriffith.com/antique-paper-hydrangea-for-fall/) depending how they’re used in the centerpiece!
I actually did bend the tip of the wire to attach them but perhaps I didn’t use enough glue! Thanks for the tips. I’d like to make them again just as decoration for my house and want them to last forever! Here is a picture of how they turned out. They were still beautiful and I was able to use the pedals that fell off just around the tables. When I am able to I can post a picture that my photographer took of them!
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Do you have a list of the supplies you used? Thank you 🙂 x
It’s not in the post itself, but I used:
ice silver, botanic, and opal text weight paper (metallic), light blue and green paint, paintbrush, floral tape, floral wire, scissors (or cutting machine), low-temp hot glue.
I find it’s hard to cut the petals out ==”
However, thank you, I love your paper flowers very much
I know what you mean, I cut these by hand before I got my Cricut! But the end result is so beautiful. I’m glad you love it 🙂
I was wondering if for this the hydrangea petals are all glued to all four petals when you’re u connecting them? Or is it just connecting one side when filling them in?
Hi Ashlee! Just glue two petals as you fill in the center (not all 4).
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Hydrangea file.. Hi when I download the file it comes up very small in the Design Space then when I try to resize it it says its too large they are also both attached.. How can you get it to be the proper size for print and cut?
They are the correct size so you shouldn’t need to resize the file in Design Space! When you are ready to cut, you could also rearrange the petals on the art board to fit however many that you would like. Best of luck!!
Can you please tell me where I find the leaf pattern for this arrangement, and is it available in an svg file?
Hi Tammy. The leaf in in the file with the flower and yes, there is an SVG file. Just follow the link to paper-papers.com and they will all be there.
Love your crafts. “Thank You” so much. You make us old people so happy.
Awww, thank Gail! You made my morning.
We normally start putting each bud on the wires and then fill in from there. No rim or reason, just experimenting. Actually if you are a little bit messier (not perfect) it tends to look more natural;-) Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
LOVE these. Simply stunning!
Hi. I’m making some hydrangea look-alikes for my best friends wedding and came across your post. Trying to use whatever I had as for supplies I used coffee filters instead of paper which I livened up with watercolor paint. I used glued and twisted pieces of crepe streamers instead of buying wire & flower stem wrap tape. The result is quite cute. I’ve only made 6 so far but I think a bundle of 20 will look pretty nice if I may say so.
Love your tutorial and thanks for the inspiration; your flowers are beautiful.
These sound just gorgeous! I love coffee filter flowers. Share photos when you are done. 😉
Hi Lia, i really love your paper flowers tutorials, so beautiful.. Could you give me some tips and tricks how to clean dusty paper flowers?
I dust and shake mine off with a dry cloth.
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I’m totally new to the whole Cricut thing, and just got myself a Cricut Explore Air which is AMAZING! I’ve made a couple of your flowers with it and I love them! The only thing I’ve not been able to figure out (and maybe it’s my machine setting or something) is that it seems like you use 8.5×11 paper from paper-papers, but the cutting files always seem to be laid out for 12×12 sheets and I don’t see an option to reconfigure that.
You lay everything on the paste board so that it fits within the 8.5×11 frame (or what ever size paper you use) Have fun with your new Cricut Explore! I have a couple of videos on my site showing how to use some of the Cricut features.
A big Thank You!! love your designs!!
Thank you. These are one of my all time favorite projects!
Yay! Hydrangea are my absolute favorite flower….I saw the cuts on Cricut.com and was so confused as how to make them into a flower, your tutorial is going to be so helpful – thank you for sharing!
That makes me really happy to hear. Happy flower making:-)
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I LOVE them! Your tutorials always amaze me. Thank you! <3
You are welcome. I love these too!
I cannot get my Sillhouette Cameo to open the files, do I have to upgrade the software?
Yes, you need the design software, Sillhouette’s customer service team should be able to help you.
This is so amazingly gorgeous that I can’t even find the words to tell you how much I love this. Thank you so much for your creative genius and the fact that you give templates!
Thank you for your sweet words:)
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WOW I love it! I’m sure i’ll do them 😉 Regards from Spain
As you can see, even just one little plant in a pot looks fabulous.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Que c’est beau!!!!!!
Thanks Aliselle! These are my favorite.
Thanks for responding Lia . I thought that was what you meant but so wanted to get this right . just awaiting my punch
Let me know how it goes!
Hello Lia could you please expand on “sticking petal to petal ”
Once you get all the of wire heads covered with petals, you will want to fill in between with more petals and I do so by gluing the back of the petals together just on the edge so that they cover the whole dome.
Whoop , whoop Just bought the Martha Stewart hydrangea punch and it was half price .Can’t wait to play
Yes I wish there was enough time to have a Lia day everyday but the projects I have done have all turned out really well . Think this is due to very clear instructions . Would love to do the Hydrangea ….what is the punch you can buy that does similar flowers ?
Awwww. That is so sweet to hear. There is a Martha Stewart punch that you can buy that is a hydrangea shape. Here is a link. http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Stewart-Crafts-Hydrangea-Punch/dp/B002FW49V2
I love your work. I wish I can try all your tutorial 🙂 . Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.
You are welcome!
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Hi Lia, when I saw this flower I should have known it was your site! I love all the flower tutorials you have on here. I downloaded the SVG for the hydrangea and I still use my Cricut with SCAL (older version of Cricut) and I checked and the design pulls up wonderfully on it! Thank you so very much and I am a “collector” but hopefully one day will be a creator.
That’s great! I didn’t realize there was a work around for the older Cricuts. Thanks for sharing.
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Hello Lia: I am thrilled with your flowers. As I live in the Caribbean I would like to do bougainvilleas but the cutting of all those small parts is an issue. Could you explain more about the cutting machine? I have no idea of how such a machine works.
Hi Yolanda. I am going to be doing a post on cutting machines this week. My favorite is the new Cricut Explore as it is a tool and can do more than just cut paper. And. . . it cuts paper (my templates) beautifully.
Lia. I am so very thankful that you have this blog and are sharing your work with us. But I am truly stuck in simply trying to download the files. I am very new to the silouhette cameo and have searched you tube over and over. Is there a simpler reading to get this done? Please help!!!!!!!!!!!
Are you trying to upload my file into the Silhouette software? I will be honest. . . I wasn’t super pleased with how hard they make it either and even after using it for a while I am no expert. I prefer the Cricut Explore for that reason as they make it really easy. This blogger has a pretty good tutorial. See if that helps. http://joyslife.com/how-to-import-svg-files-in-silhouette-studio-designer-edition-software/
Hi there…flowers are beautiful! Can you tell me a bit more about the “wash” process you did on the flowers? Is it just the color with a bit of water added? What kind of brush did you use?
I just used a craft brush, nothing fancy and watered down some acrylic paint. I used the metallic paper which stands up to water well to it did not sog up at all. Just a thin wash of paint will do.
Thank you, I have been making hydrangeas for a bit now and love your idea. Can’t wait to change up my designs. Love all that you do.
Thanks! They are a tricky flower and this method seemed to make the most sense.
To answer one commentors ?, I read while back that putting your glue sticks in freezer helps omit the strings which are maddening when hot gluing alot. I always seem to forget to do that but think I’ll go get mine glue sticks to put in freezer. I sure hope it works.
Now then for hydrangeas, these are so gorgeous, they’ll be worth lots of work. Will make bunch of petals while watching tv. Wish there was a die for this but if I can find a punch for petals that would be great. Petals are pretty small so would be labor intensive which my old hands aren’t too receptive to any more. I’ll have to search craft supplier sites for any info on a punch or die.
I stand at my kitchen island to punch things and watch tv, helps to get job done. Can do petals/leaves in several sessions.
Doggone it, wish I had papers needed now so I could get started. About only way I’ll have hydrangeas is to make them. Our climate and soil here is not conducive to hydrangea growing, especially by me.
Thank you Lia a million times over for tackling this challenge, I love all your paper flowers but hydrangeas are my very special favorites. Your talents and sharing of them is very appreciated.
There is a punch out there made by Martha Stewart. It is smaller than mine but will work great for this tutoril. http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Stewart-Crafts-Hydrangea-Punch/dp/B002FW49V2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401416580&sr=8-1&keywords=hydrangea+paper+punch
I absolutely positively love your Hydrangea tutorial and can’t wait to make them! Before I get the scissors out, is there any way to cut the template using my Cricut Expressions??!
Not yet. Unfortunately, the Expressions only takes cartridges of cut files from the Cricut site. I am working with them right now to get my flowers on the list. Stay tuned.
Absolutely stunning, Lia. I love hydrangeas… I still have photos with them from when I was a child, in my grandmother’s backyard. Hydrangeas bring good memories :). Thanks for sharing more awesome flowers. I’ll have to try these too… one day.
Do try one. They are a tad time consuming, but well worth it. I am making a paper hydrangea wreath for my front door night now.
I already do this with my hydrangea paper punch (I think it’s martha’s).. but yay! I already made a ton of bouquets for my wedding.. can’t wait to show you!
Can’t wait to see!!
Absolutely beautiful! For those who do not have a cutting machine (like me),there is a scrapbooking hydrangea punch that I’ve used instead. It’s slightly smaller, but it still works beautifully.
Yes, I have looked at that too. It is a great option.
Hola Lia, soc l’Anna , fa temps que no comento res, veig que això dels comentaris ha canviat una mica …
Quina flor més preciosa!! espero que segueixis tan bé com sempre.
Hi Anna! Sometimes I get behind in responding but I do always try. 😉 I do love these flowers too. Hugs!
Hi Lia, I think the message has not translated well, what I meant is that I’m who long ago that I’m not write on your blog now that you’ve changed the coment system … uuffffff language problems .. hehehe I’m sorry…
Haha. Well, I was behind in replying too. 😉
Hi dear Lia,
Concerning the cricut machine, as you’re using it, can you tell me if we can use our own designs/creations, or do we have to buy the ones on their website ?
The newest Cricut which is the Explore does let you upload your own art and images and they make it very easy to learn how to do it too.
Thank you dear Lia,
Am so found of your creations !
One more time thank you 🙂 🙂
You are so welcome!
Just lovely… I am a longtime fan of paper designs. Back in the day when I had to cut shapes by hand (still do some) now, it is much easier w/ my Silhouette.
Thanks for reminding me just how much fun it is and that I need to do more, a lot more.
I love my cutting machine! This is a place you will find tons of paper crafts for sure. So happy you are here!
Lia I tried to use the svg for this but my Explore wouldn’t take it do I need to do something about the png at the end of the file?
In the design space you will need to upload it as a vector upload. That accepts the SVG files.
No Lia, it definitely says its not a SVG but a PNG and in my download it says the same thing. I tried to upload it using the basic upload but it came out all black. I’m using a Mac if that makes a difference…
You are right. I think the wrong folder was linked but is is now corrected. Thanks for letting me know.
My goodness, I just love your paper flowers. Incredibly beautiful – thank you for sharing!
So happy to hear! Thanks Dana!
So, I’m new at this. Beyond the moon about your flower patterns!! I’m getting married in October and just love the idea of paper flowers. I have a Silhouette CAMEO. Which is brand new and the software if new to me too. So, I love it when you have the Silhouette files. Again I appreciate any free files. I think that I was able to create the Silhouette file. Please let me know if you would like me to send it to you.
Silhouette will take the SVG files. It is very easy to upload and I think you can find a tutorial for that on YouTube. Since I work with Cricut Explore now, I only offer the free files in a form that can be used on both machines.
Just lovely! I am new user of the cameo how would you import this file to use? Thank you again for all the flower tutorials. You are so talented!
I am not the best source to teach Silhouette file uploading, but I do know that you can find a tutorial on You Tube! It should be pretty easy, but I am now on Cricut so no longer have that info.
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you are such a brilliant designer–
i really appreciate your sharing your designs with us gratis–
i curve my petals by putting them on a thick foam mat & shaping them with a large ball stylus–
Thanks Cindy! You made me laugh. Yes, that is also a great way to shape your paper and if perfect for card stock.
These flowers are absolutely gorgeous. As good as the real thing if not better! When you say you made these in one evening are you talking about 3,4,5 hours or more?
I am thinking I spent about an hour per bloom and that included cutting and waiting for the paint to dry. So, 5 hours for there 5 stems. 😉
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A technical question Lia .I have a silhouette cameo but only have the basic software which mean it doesn’t recognise svg file to download . Is there anyway round this ? Might have to resort to scissors as I just have to make some of these amazing paper flowers
I will bet that you can upgrade your software online. If you can’t then I can get you a PNG or JPG which should work. Let me know.
Oh Lia you are truly the Queen of the Flowers. I love this. In italy the name is Ortensia. I have so many plants that flowers in the garden. My inglish is not well but let me ask you again my compliments. Have a nice day. Giorgia
Thank you Giorgia! You are such a dear! I like the name Ortensia.
These are awesome Lia and looking forward to having a go . Can you tell me how long it takes to make one hydrangea head .Keep looking at them as they are just terrific . Also thanks for the tip about leaves as I am doing some at the moment for other flowers .
I would say that each stem took me about an hour, but I used a cutting machine for the petals so once you have everything trimmed, around 30-45 minutes. Does that help?
Lia, you made my dream come true… i love it!!
Wonderful! I am a dream maker. 😉
Hi Lia, beautiful hydrangea, I’m teaching my school paper crafters how you make your flowers. Thanks for inspiring us.
That is great Helen! Your note makes me smile.
Oh Lia, these are exquisite! You have really outdone yourself this time 🙂
Thanks Monica! How am I going to beat this project. haha!
Your friend was right to challenge you… Beautiful result! Great blog post, great job—gorgeous flowers!
Thank you Phyllis! I really had too much fun!
In using the Cricut expression – what size flower petal would you cut?? The flowers are beautiful!
My four petal bloom is about 1.5 inches wide.
Lia they are gorgeous as always, thank you again
Thanks Denise! I am pretty tickled on how the turned out. 🙂
Just in time for June! Hydrengeas are my most favorite flower…I call them “Grandma” Flowers. Thank you for sharing!
They are a grandma flower! I just adore them too and have a small bush here at my house. I will love having these for both photo props and to display in my living room.
Everything you do is so,so beautiful! I’m amazed by your talent! Thank you for sharing these lovely tutorials!
Why thank you. You are so sweet. 🙂
gorgeous, but, omg…. i too would be putting it off…….. the numbers are outstanding . You really made the arrangement with lots of love put into the vase of flowers…. beautiful
Thanks! They were amazingly easy with the cutting machine! I made all five in one evening.
How did you glue the petals to the tips of the wire. I don’t have floral wire unfortunately just jewelry wire would you reccommend any alternatives. I live in a small town where access to craft stuff is limited to the discount store! 🙁 love these hydrangeas!!
Any wire will work as long as you can bend it. If you don’t have floral tape (the dollar store may carry it) then cut strips of green paper and glue it around. Just make sure your wire is held together in a solid way by wrapping it with another wire or taping the top with scotch tape. Once you have your top splayed in a dome, you may even want to bend the tip just at the end so you have more wire surface to glue onto the paper. Tell me how it works! You are a clever one so I will bet it will be gorgeous. 😉
Thanks! I’ve got floral tape – found that a while back at the dollar store. I will try some thick jewelry wire I have – i always have trouble getting the stretched floral tape to stick to the jewelry wire! I will post a picture of the finished product on IG – thank you so much! 🙂
Lia, these hydrangeas are BEAUTIFUL! You’re remarkable! Can’t wait to make these in all my favorite hydrangea-y colors.
Thanks Donna! Yes, as I was researching the flower, I was taking note of all the gorgeous colors I can make too. I need to do a paper order! 😉
They’re gorgeous!! They look so realistic.
They really are realistic. It is always an adventure to design a new flower. LOVE the results with this one. 🙂
OMG! A punch or die would make this a snap – I can’t imagine cutting out all those flowers!
That is why I love my Cricut Explore. I was able to make 5 blooms in one evening. 🙂
Putting it off! Looks to me like they were WELL worth the effort. I like the idea of penciling in the leaf veins. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks Kathy! I like the pencil too since it adds a little color change as well as the indentation.
These are so gorgeous! How do you deal with all the stringiness of hot glue? Is there a way to avoid strings that I haven’t figured out?
Haha! I LOVE your question! I deal with it by holding it up to the light when I finish, look for shiny strings and pull them off one by one. It is the downside to the glue gun but worth it in my opinion. 😉
Hi Lia, what kind of glue gun are you using? what firm? where can i buy it?
I use a low temperature glue gun, any brand will work. Just make sure you get low temperature glue to go with it:-)
Love this! Thanks for sharing!