As usual, we are super excited about this month’s Member Make! We had a lot of requests for a crepe paper dahlia flower. So today at 11:00 a.m. PT, Meagan and I will be going live to show you how to craft one using our flower template.
If you’re new here, these live craft workshops are a special perk we offer to members. So if you want to join in on the fun and improve your flower-making skills, make sure to sign up for a membership!
Dahlias are such a gorgeous flower. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you have probably seen our many versions of this stunning beauty! We have used dahlias in wreaths and bouquets — and as table settings, wall art, and gift toppers. I once even made a dahlia dress.
In fact, this whole week has been about dahlias. If you missed it, we posted a tutorial for a felt dahlia as well as how to use our frosted paper dahlia kit for a pretty bridal bouquet. The crepe paper dahlia flower that we have designed for today is stunning, and we can’t wait to show you how to make it!
When you’re ready to get started on your crepe paper dahlia flower for this month’s Member Make, just download the flower template or SVG file at the end of this post. Then collect your craft tools and materials and follow along with our live video tutorial. You can also cut all of your pieces beforehand if you want to craft your dahlia along with me and Meagan.
If you have not participated in Member Make before, we have outlined how to join below. Otherwise, you can skip on down the post to download our dahlia flower pattern.
How to Join Our Member Make Challenge
- Become a member. And make sure to join our exclusive Facebook page for members!
- Gather the craft tools and materials you need for this crepe paper dahlia flower —listed below. Then download the flower pattern at the end of this post.
- Tune in today at 11:00 a.m. PST to craft along with us! You can find the link to the YouTube Live tutorial on the Facebook page for members and in your inbox. It will also be available for playback here once the live workshop is over.
- Watch our flower video tutorial to craft along with us and create your own version of this crepe paper dahlia. You can use different colors of paper, materials, or techniques; color your petals with PanPastel; or play around with how you arrange and style your dahlias.
- If you need some guidance, reach out to us and others in our crafting community! You can also post progress pictures or ask questions on our Facebook page for members. And make sure to use the hashtag #MemberMake on Instagram and Facebook so your project is easy to find.
- Share your crepe paper dahlia flower (or bouquet) with us! Make sure to post your pictures on our Facebook page for members or on your Instagram page with the hashtag #MemberMake.
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- Lia Griffith Heavy Crepe Paper — Merlot
- Double-Sided Crepe Paper – Fern & Moss
- Lia Griffith Extra-Fine Crepe Paper — Cypress
- Floral Tape — Fern & Moss
- Small Cotton Spun Paper Balls
- Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
- Thick Paper Covered Stem Wire
- 24-Gauge Green Paper Covered Wire
- Design Master Color Tool Spray — Violeta
- Cardstock Paper
Outside of the US? You can find our crepe paper on Amazon UK or on Marcarycrear.com.
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Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
SVG does not match the pdf. Confusing.
Hi Nancy, the PDF is slightly different from the SVG however it will yield the same results. The PDF is showing you how to make the most of your crepe paper and time by cutting multiple center A and C pieces at one time. If there is something more specific that you are confused about please let us know and I will do my best to explain!
Hey Lia, sometimes It’s hard to understand when using my cricut as to which crepe paper goes with each “mat” when cutting. Example would be the the Bird of Paradise. Some mats are double sided and some mats are heavy. Am i missing something? The only way I can tell is by trying to decipher by the photos.
That is a great question! I JUST designed a printable reference sheet for that and all the settings. Look for the Cutting Machine class post next week. It will be a download.
Missed this in 2019 – so excited to make it now for Thanksgiving in 2022. As always, love watching Lia and Meghan craft!
I haven’t been able to find the Design Master Color Tool Spray in Violet – looks like it’s sold out everywhere. Do you have a suggestion for an alternative product or color?
The PanPastel in Violet Extra Dark would work as a great replacement for this!
Where do I find the video for this flower?
It’s up above in the post. Right under the materials section!
I just made this one and it is SO lovely! I do want to point out that I was very confused when trying to use the supply list along with the video, the supply list says ferns and moss and in the video Lia shows and says Green tea/Cypress. I think the Green tea side is used for the detail on the bud and then the cypress for the sepal? I did it wrong and used the green tea side on the sepal so when I wrapped the stem they don’t quite match. But that’s ok, I’ll just keep this one for my trial flower bouquet.
Sorry about that, but honestly, either of the greens are really lovely.
Thank you so much for your quick help with my question about design space moving objects! I have been struggling with this and had looked at many a YouTube video without finding a solution. Learning about the 3 dots on the mat window was fantastic – your team is the best!
That makes me so happy to hear that we were able to help you with the Cricut. Sometimes I get a bit frustrated with it too so anything I can share to help someone else is a bonus!
When I upload into design space everything is lined up to cut correctly but when it puts project onto mat it changes direction so some pieces aren’t being cut with the grain. Help!
Yes, this is something Cricut might do unless your pieces are attached. (Slightly annoying) 😉 This is also an issue when your crepe is 10×12 not 12×12 since it will add pieces to the area where there is no paper. This takes a few minutes, but a remedy is to go to the mats section and there you can click on each piece. You will see the option to rotate your pieces and move them as well. You can even move them to another canvas by clicking the 3 dots and clicking “move object”. Once you are done you can save your project so you do not have to do it every time you make the flower. Hope this helps!
Dear Lia Griffith team,
do you also recommend to use the Cricut fabric mat for heavy crepe paper like for double-sided?
Which Cricut setting do you recommend for heavy crepe paper?
Many thanks, Denise
Yes to the pink fabric mat, and we use the cotton/denim setting for both double-sided and heavy crepe.
This is truly a spectacular flower and I am working in my first one. Is there a photo tutorial available for this? I find myself spending a lot of time rewinding the video to see something again. I find the written instructions easier to follow for the general ideas and usually use the video for details.
Thanks for all you do. I’m really enjoying filling our home with color.
Sorry but there is no photo tutorial available for this member make flower, however we now include a photo tutorial for all future member make projects!
Hi Lia- It’s me again!!! I am trying to cut out the dahlia with your heavy crepe paper and my Cricut Maker. The size of the crepe paper is not wide enough to fit the template. So do I split them up into more “pages”? I don’t want to waste any crepe paper. I am just not understanding how you cut these files out. And how much do I stretch the crepe paper on the cricut mat? Thank you for your help! Coleen Barnes
You can rearrange the flower pieces on the mat in design space before cutting to get the most out of one piece of crepe paper. We would also recommend cutting centers A and C by hand like we did in the video to also get the most out of your crepe paper. Stretch the crepe paper for center A and C 75% so that there is still a little bit of stretch left. I hope this helps! 🙂
Thank you, Lia! I am in the process of cutting out pieces A and C but I did not have any fabric clips and they are not listed on the supply list. Nothing else in the house to use for that. I will try rearranging the other pieces on my design space. I appreciate your help. Coleen Barnes
The fabric clips are a nice tool but you could easily use bobby pins instead! 🙂
Hi Lia- When I cut the heavy crepe paper for the dahlia on my Cricut, am I supposed to stretch it as you show in the tutorial? And do I cut with the grain horizontal or vertical ?
Thank you for your help with this.
Please refer to the PDF template for the direction your grain lines should travel and any cutting notes, we always specify! Stretch the crepe paper for centers A and C before cutting the petal shapes.
Lia, Thank you so much! I noticed the grain direction on the PDF after I sent this note. I’m new to cutting crepe paper on my Cricut and it’s a little overwhelming to get started and to have it all right. I didn’t want to waste the crepe paper by doing it incorrectly. I appreciate your help.
Love your ideas, patterns and tutorials!! I just made the peonies and they turned out great!
No problem at all, we’re here to help!
Could you tell me when and how you used the color spray? I see it mentioned in the video but I did not see how you use it. Is it applied after the flower is made? Love your flower tutorials!
You will spray the center pieces of crepe paper before constructing the flower. Apply the spray color down the middle of each center piece leaving the tips of each point unsprayed, spray before cutting in half.
Thanks so much, Lia. I’m just starting the tutorial now! Wish me luck!
I am trying to cut heavy crepe on my cricut maker can you suggest a setting as its not cutting on the crepe and more setting
We suggest cutting our heavy crepe on the cotton denim setting using the rotary blade. By sure you press the crepe into the mat using the scraper tool or a brayer 🙂
Love this flower and your tutorial. Thank you so much for all of the hard work that goes into creating these. I wondered if there is an upated svg file for this flower as the pieces that it cuts do not match your tutorial. Specifically, the center pieces cut just 1, rather than the rectagle. This might be because it is another way to make the flower and I could see how it would be difficult to make the template match the tutorial since in the tutorial you stretch the paper BEFORE cutting the pieces out of the rectangle. Just wondered… I have made it using the svg cut pieces and I have cut those pieces manually and made it according to the tutorial. Both work!
P.S. I see there was a new flower yesterday so I’ll be off to make that one next! You guys are great.
We have updated the SVG to match the PDF template 🙂
Lia and Megan,
Could one use extra fine paper instead of heavy. And, is there any way to obtain 2 rolls of merlot without buying the whole Tropical Garden packet? I have already bought 2 of them to make the large red peony for a “look-alike” to Lia’s Christmas table centerpiece. Turned out so lovely. Thank you so much for design and helpful tutorial on arranging the greenery and flowers. My Asian daughter-in-law who is hard to buy for just loves paper flowers and has asked me to make her an arrangement for her table. Of course, she wants a dahlia made in merlot like the one above. I have even explored the net (and Carte Fini) and no luck. Carte Fini is out of any red that remotely looks comparable to merlot. If you could help me, I would be so appreciative. Love being a new part of your crafting world. Have been making flower arrangements like crazy. Will post some this morning on the private member page. Thank you again. Doris
You can make this Dahlia in extra-fine if that is what you have! The flower will not turn out quite as full so you may want to add an extra row of petals. 🙂
Sadly we do not sell the Merlot in single rolls yet, however we do have single rolls of the extra-fine sangria and cranberry available!
Hi, I was just wondering, is it possible to make this dahlia in the fine crepe?
You can make this Dahlia in extra-fine if that is what you have! The flower will not turn out quite as full so you may want to dd an extra row of petals. 🙂
Thank you in advance to you and your team for all your creative work, another great member’s make video. I am excited to make this beautiful dahlia. I just wanted to verify the size of the ball used, the written instructions called for a small 14mm cotton or styrofoam ball but in the video you called for a med 20mm ball. I look forward to your reply and all the upcoming member’s make videos .
We used the 14mm ball 🙂
I’m interested in making the Thanksgiving arrangement. I would like to order all the materials I will need to do so. I was only able to find 3 of the flowers “Material list and Instructions” Could you tell me where I can find that information for all the other flowers, leaves, etc. This arrangement is gorgeous and I am excited to attempt making it. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
You can find all the the flowers included in the centerpiece in this post! https://liagriffith.com/video-thanksgiving-centerpiece/
I’m a member and am interested in making the Thanksgiving arrangement. I need to order my supplies but only can find two of the “Materials List and Instruction Sheets” that I need. I would really like to make one order for the supplies I need. I would appreciate any help you can give me. I love making flowers and this arrangement is gorgeous.
Could you tell me what flower instructions and materials you are looking for specifically? 🙂
Love the video, great team work!
What is the name of the glue gun you are using? Love your videos! Thank you.
We use surebonder hot glue guns. We now carry them in our shop! https://shopliagriffith.com/product/high-temperature-glue-gun-kit/
Will a video of this member make be posted?
We have added the video to the post 🙂
I can not find the video. How do I watch the October member make please?
We have added the video to the post 🙂
Can you give me the size of the card circle please
You can cut the cardstock circle by hand, it should be about the size of a quarter! 🙂
Thanks so much for this one . The tutorial video was just the best and maybe unintentionally the informal way it came across like we where sitting around my kitchen table crafting together really worked .Just love how new techniques keep evolving to give our craft a living organic progression . Would love to re visit the Dahlia sometime down the line as there are so many varieties .
Warm wishes to you all Sue
Thank you so much for the sweet comment, we love being able to share our techniques and crafting together with our members! 🙂