Flower Power! Make a Paper Dahlia

Learn how to create a beautiful hanging paper flower for a pretty, botanical twist on your home decor.

I love to create and make things especially during the winter time when there is more than enough snow outside to keep me from enjoying my gardens. I was inspired to make a hanging wall flower for my daughter's room. I thought it would be a nice surprise for her and I loved the fact that it could last as long as she wanted. This craft was super simple to make and only required a handful of supplies. It took a couple of hours to complete and the cost was under twenty dollars. The greatest cost being the spray paint.

A paper dahlia is hung for display.

Make a Paper Wall Dahlia

This beautiful dahlia was created with paper, cardboard, spray paint and a hot glue gun.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

For the cardboard backing, I cut a circle from the side of an empty cereal box and I used heavy duty cardstock to create the flower petals. Here is what you will need to get started:

The supplies you need to make the paper dahlia are shown.

Supplies for Paper Dahlia Craft

Only a few supplies are needed to create this beautiful paper dahlia.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

  • cardboard
  • cardstock-I used cream colored
  • hot-glue gun
  • scissors
  • tinted spray paint
  • garden twine

First you will want to make a bunch of the petals. To make the petals, cut a piece of card stock into a 6" (approximate) square. Roll it and hot glue the edge into place.

Rolled paper creates the petals for the dahlia.

Make Paper Petals for the Paper Dahlia

Create the petals

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Begin to hot glue the paper petals in a circular fashion on the outer edges of the circular piece of cardboard. Flattening the bottoms of the petals helps to glue them in place. Stagger the petals so that the next layer can sit between the lower petals. Continue working in the same fashion into the center of the flower, building upon the previous lower layer of petals.

Paper petals are added to the cardboard to begin forming the flower.

Assemble the Paper Dahlia

Begin to assemble the flower.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

As you move to the center of the paper dahlia, you will cut smaller squares of paper to achieve the more delicate smaller petals in the center of the flower. Next gently flip the flower over and hot glue a bit of garden twine on the back of the cardboard cirlcle to make a loop for hanging. Now it's time for paint!

The paper dahlia is ready for spray paint.

Finishing the Center of the Paper Dahlia.

The flower emerges from rolled paper petals.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Working in a well ventilated area, gently spray the tips of the flower petals with the tinted spray paint. Allow it to dry thoroughly. Once dry, it's ready for hanging.

The paper dahlia is painted a light pink.

Add Paint to the Paper Dahlia

Just the outer edges of the flower petals get a light dusting of spray paint.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

For a fun conversation piece and big impact, try making a few of these flowers to display for a unique and three-dimensional wall feature.

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