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I love sunflowers and I really wanted to make a giant paper one that looked realistic. I didn’t like any of the templates that I saw for them.
I had an idea of using flocking for the center that would make it look less like paper and more real.
It took lot of trial and error to get the center just right. Most of my ideas didn’t work out well.
I’m very happy with the center. It is pretty easy to do it is surprisingly sturdy. You can use regular cardstock for the center but I found that the glue would warp the cardstock and it would crush easily.
The center is made with chipboard and it can be cut by hand, with a Cricut Maker, a Silhouette Cameo 4, or a laser cutter.
- Yellow cardstock
- Dark Brown Flocking
- Light Brown Flocking
- Cardboard of heavy cardstock for back
- Elmers glue
- Hot glue gun
- Chalk Pastels
- Shaping tool
Resize file to 16.363 wide by 6.990 tall
Cut out the pieces. You will need 24 petals, the back piece, and the center piece. Cut the center out of chipboard.
Bend each of the slit areas in the center piece.
Overlap the slits a tiny bit and glue. Glue all the way around.
You will get a dome shape like this.
Cover the dome with elmers glue. Be sure to get all the nooks and crannies.
Cover the dome with the dark brown flocking and shake off the excess.
Let it dry then apply glue in a ring around the dome.
Apply light brown flocking to the glue.
Shake off the excess.
Apply orange chalk pastel to the base of the petals. I like to leave the petals on the mat while I do this.
Glue on one side of the flap then place the other side of the flap on top to get a cupping shape.
Use a shaping tool to shape the petal. Don’t curve the petal to much.
Glue 12 petals around the back piece.
Glue the last 12 petals between the first 12 petals.
Use a high temp hot glue gun to glue around the outside of the center. Make sure it is nice and dry.
Glue into the middle of the flower.