Paper Peony Tutorial

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Cricut User: Cricut design space will resize this template because it is “too big” to cut. You will need to resize this file to 32.492 wide. You can find a tutorial for this here.   Also, Cricut doesn’t want to show the number in the middle of the petals so I have included a picture of which petal is which in the zip file.

This paper peony tutorial took forever to publish!

While I was making preparing this tutorial, my 9 month old daughter pulled the tablecloth off the table.

Pulling the tablecloth off the table isn’t terrible. But guess what was on the table… my laptop. Down, down, down it went. Falling to its untimely demise. 

Luckily, it wasn’t that bad. The WiFi and some USB ports broke. I could also still use it. But I couldn’t do the things needed to post to my website because I couldn’t connect to the internet. So this paper peony tutorial was put on hold.

It was a good thing that we bought insurance for my laptop. *sigh with relief.* I had a feeling that I would need it. Especially when I have 2 kids under the age of 3. 

It took two weeks to get my computer repaired. So I had two weeks with my old, insanely slow laptop. First world problem right there.

That is why it took so long to get this one posted!

Warning to all of you with laptops and kids. Don’t leave your computer on the table with kids around! Especially when you have a tablecloth.

I sure learned my lesson.

I created this flower by tracing the petals of a real peony. So every petal is different! This is the second flower I have created from an actual flower. The first was a rose. Check out how to make a paper rose.

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Step 1:

Curl petals 1-4 down with a pair of scissors.

Curling the petals of the paper peony with scissors

Step 2

Curl 5-6 randomly with scissors. So curl some petals up and some down.

Curling the petals of the paper peony with scissors

Step 3

Curl 7-8 up with scissors

Curling the petals of the paper peony with scissors

Step 4

Curl 9-24 randomly around a paint brush

Curling the petals of the paper peony with a paintbrush

Step 5

For the center piece, curl the petals back and forth.

Curling the center of the paper peony with a paintbrush

Step 6

Roll up the center and glue it.

rolling the center of the paper peony up

Step 7

Give the petals some shape by using a shaping mat and a ball tool. press down to make the petals stand up.

giving the petals of the paper peony some shape with a shaping mat

Step 8

Glue the petals together in order. Once you get closer to the center, use a paintbrush to push the petals into place.

gluing the paper peony together
using a paintbrush to glue the peony together

Step 9:

Glue the rolled up center piece into the middle.

putting the center into the paper peony

Step 10

Use scissors and a shaping mat to give a crease down the center of the leaves.

shaping the leaves of the paper peony

Step 11

Use the ball tool to give the leaves some curl at the edges.

shaping the leaves of the paper peony

Step 12

Cut some lengths of wire and glue them onto the base of the leaves.

cutting the wire for the leaves
gluing the leaves of the paper peony to the wire

Step 13

Wrap some floral tape around the wire and the base of the leaf.

wrapping tape around the leaves

Step 14

Form a circle at the top of a long piece of floral wire.

forming a circle in the stem

Step 15

Glue the flower onto the stem.

gluing the paper peony onto the stem
gluing the paper peony onto the stem

Step 16

Using floral tape, tape the leaves on under the flower. Tape them on from smallest to biggest.

taping on the leaves of the paper peony
taping on the leaves of the paper peony

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Leslie Ayers

    Hi Becca-Your flowers are beautiful.I just downloaded the PEONY. I use Cricut Design Space and so it did not download to the correct size. I enlarged the download to 32.429.The flowers changed to the correct size but the
    numbers do not align with the flowers. If you could give me a clue as to what I might be doing wrong, I would greatly appreciate it. Again thank you for the download. Leslie

  2. sunflowersummerco

    When I saved the file the first time, the latest version a Silhouette Studio had a glitch where it wasn’t saving the compound path and that caused the numbers to not align with the petals. I thought I had all the files fixed. I guess not. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. Maryam rimzie

    I didnt get the template yet

  4. sunflowersummerco

    I sent you your template

  5. Jeanette

    Thank you for your template . I loved the tutorial you make it look so easy I hope to make it soon
    Take care and have a blessed day.

  6. sunflowersummerco

    I’m glad you love the template! I hope you enjoy making it.

  7. Dianne Lewis

    Love the simple lines of the flower never had much success making flowers that look good

  8. Anita Acosta

    I haven’t received the template for the peony yet, I can’t wait to make it with Mother’s Day quickly approaching. Thanking you in advance.

  9. Char

    Lovely template, very pretty and realistic result. Thank you very much :)

  10. Julie

    I’m using the cricut maker and the sizing does not come out correctly as the others have stated above. Any suggestions

  11. sunflowersummerco

    I have included the size that you need to resize the file to in the tutorial. I don’t have it in the video, it is in the written part of the tutorial

  12. Sharon-Elaine

    Becca, I’ve just put my first peony together and it is stunning! Thank you so much for the template, it’s the most realistic paper flower ever! I love that every petal layer is different. I made mine in 160gsm cardstock in a salmon colour, but I definitely want to try them in pearl paper next, I want a vase full of them, everlasting peonies!

  13. sunflowersummerco

    I’m glad you liked them!

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