King of the Flowers
We have made tons of classic and traditional flower designs out of metallic paper in the past, like roses, ranunculus and orchids. This is all well and good, but sometimes you just need to break outside the box! Our maker Meagan decided to switch things up by designing a gorgeous and unique king protea flower (the largest species of proteas). Proteas, also called sugarbushes, grow all across the southern hemisphere, and they have a captivatingly wild look to them. To bring this paper protea to life, Meagan used foam for the base and art marker detailing for the petals. Read on for the full tutorial!
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- Craft Scissors
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Foam Cutter
- Text Weight Metallic Paper — Coral, Botanic (discontinued; use Shine Moss or Fairway)
- Tissue Paper – Green
- 4″ Foam Ball
- Two 20 Gauge Floral Wires
- Four 16 Gauge Floral Wires
- Floral Tape — Bark
- Art Markers — Peony, Baby Blossoms, Dim Green, Colorless Blender
- ModPodge Glue
- Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Cut the flower pieces according to the template at the bottom of the post. Use the PDF if you are cutting by hand or the SVG if you are using a cutting machine.
- Using the foam cutter, shape one half of the foam ball into a cone.
- Using Mod =Podge, glue the tissue paper squares to the foam ball until it is completely covered.
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Once you finish this beautiful paper protea, browse through all of our metallic paper flowers to find your next paper flower project. We love seeing your work, so please share your project photos with us if you are feeling proud!! Email them in, tag us on Instagram or use #MadeWithLia so we can admire your creations. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and visit our membership page to join our growing community of DIYers getting in touch with their creativity. We can’t wait to see what inspires you! ~ Lia & Team
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
For some reason I can’t open the PDF template. The document appears to open in Adobe and the name of the file is in the top left corner, but the file isn’t there.
Not sure if it’s your end or mine.
Hey Nichole, I just checked the download and it’s fine on our end. Is it possible it’s opening in your web browser? That error happens a lot if the PDF isn’t downloaded then opened in a PDF program (Adobe Reader, Acrobat, Preview, etc).
Thanks so much for looking into that. I didn’t realise until later in the day that the cause was just our internet having a little lie down for the day. We couldn’t even open a website or watch netflix by the end of the day but things seem to have righted themselves today.
Sorry for wasting your time but thanks a heap for checking. x
No problem, so glad it was resolved 🙂
The links to the 2 metallic papers (noted parenthetically in the “Materials” section) are broken. Any chance of fixing those? Thanks!
Thanks for letting us know! The links are fixed.
Lia, I have followed you since the very beginning, and your flowers are just the most exquisite things on earth! I want to make every one! If I quit my job, can I make flowers from your patterns and sell them? Do you have a policy for the use of your patterns? Thanks so much for all the beauty you bring to our lives. And thanks to Megan for figuring out my favorite flower, the protea. It’s fantastic.
Thank you Laura, that means so much to me! You can find more information on our policies here: https://liagriffith.com/terms-of-use/
I Love being a Member ,always looking forward to the new patterns an ideas simply Loveee the Protea.
Thank you so much, that means a lot to all of us here!
I was looking on the SVG file and couldn’t see it, thanks
How many small pieces go around the foam ball??
The number of each petal is indicated in the PDF template 🙂
Brilliant as ever, you are a very talented lady and I do love your web page, Hope you and all your family are in good health. Look forward to your next news letter because you and your team are just marvellous.
Thank you Jean, that means so much!