How to Make Paper Flowers in Cricut Design Space — All 10 Flowers!!

– Hello everybody, my name is Jennifer Maker, and today we are making Cricut paper flowers on The Great Maker Show & Tell (cheerful ukulele music) I love, love, love paper flowers! My very first designs for the Cricut were paper flowers First I made a peony, and then a rose, and then a carnation I’ve designed so many more paper flowers since then, because I just love how we can turn regular cardstock into these beautiful works of art I believe I’ve designed over 25 paper flowers at this point (chuckles), in fact! But did you know that there are 10 paper flower designs right in Cricut Access that you can use any time you want? They are part of the Flower Shoppe Cartridge, and it’s included in Cricut Access So today, I’m gonna show you each of those paper flowers, there’s 10 of them, and how to assemble them Now, to make paper flowers, you really just need some cardstock, a way to roll your flowers, and something to keep them all together, like glue, or something, right? And I’m gonna show you the kind of paper that works best for paper flowers, because there are some things to keep in mind and watch out for, when you’re choosing your paper I’m also gonna show you three different types of tools that you can use to assemble your paper flowers, so Cricut’s own quilling tool, my homemade quilling tool, and a reverse-action set of tweezers And finally, I’m going to show you how to use both tacky glue and hot glue, so you can decide which one works best for you So let’s head on over to Cricut Design Space, so I can show you exactly where to find these 10 flowers, and we will get started cutting them right out All right, so there’s three ways to find these flowers pretty easily The first and easiest way is to actually go to my blog, at jennifermaker.com, and find the Cricut Paper Flowers blog post, because once you’re in there, I have a super easy, easy easy link, that will take you right to all 10 of the Cricut paper flowers You just scroll down to Step 1, and click on that link right there, it says jennifermaker.com/cricutflowers, and when you do that, it takes you right to Cricut Design Space and loads all 10 flowers for you See, easy peasy! But, sometimes you need to actually add a flower to another project, so let me show you two other ways that you can find these flowers once you’re inside Cricut Design Space So let’s go ahead and click New, so we have a new canvas, and then click Images, over on the left, and up at the top, you’re going to type in the codes for the flowers There’s 10 different codes, and you just type in the code name and press the Return key, and it takes you right to that image You can do this for all 10 of the flowers I actually have all 10 codes in my blog post, so that you don’t have to go look them up or hunt for them, but there is another way I think is simpler than that If you go into Images and click Cartridges, and search on flower, and locate the Flower Shoppe Cartridge, which is included free in Cricut Access, at the time of this video, then click on View All flowers, now you can see everything in that cartridge, and then you can just click each of the individual rolled flowers that we’re going to do in this video, and there’s 10 of them and they’re all in this one cartridge Again, this cartridge is included free in Cricut Access, so we’re just gonna go ahead and add all 10 of these onto our canvas And there they are! Now when they come in, by default, they’re not very big, they’re about three inches, and that’s going to make a pretty small flower, as you’re going to see later in this video So a more typical size, the size, in fact, that I’m going to be using for my paper flower in vases project, which I’ll be talking about in my next video after this, I’m starting with an eight inch flower So if you wanna resize all of these flowers, what I recommend that you do, is select all of the flowers, just like I’m doing here, go to the Align menu and choose Center Now they’re all on top of each other, and then we can change the size right now, up here at the top, to eight inches wide, and all of the flowers will resize to eight inches And this is an excellent size for making paper flowers I recommend this, and this is what I will be cutting mine out for my paper flowers in a vase canvas project And of course, you can change the colors and everything like that if you’d like to, but really what matters is what piece of paper you cut it at All right, so I’m gonna go ahead and click Make It, and here’s all of our flowers, we can change it to 8 1/2 x 11 paper, because an eight inch flower does fit an 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper Under Materials, I’m going to choose Medium Cardstock, and I’m going to go ahead and set my pressure to More

Now let’s talk about what kind of cardstock, because this question comes up quite a bit And really, this is Step 2 of our process, finding the best cardstock for, the best paper, really, for our project So here I have a stack of papers, and I’m gonna go through this stack, and I’m gonna point out the things that work best, and the things that you want to avoid Let’s start with the things to avoid first, okay? So this paper I got from Jo-Ann’s, this is a white core paper That means the inside is actually white, and it’s usually labeled, but not always You can spot it because when you flip it over and look at the side of it, you’ll see that the paper isn’t as vibrant on the edge as it is, you know, the actual paper You don’t wanna use white core White core will not look as good Here is a pad of 12 by 12 paper, you can see on the side, it’s lighter than the paper itself is, so even though this one doesn’t say that it’s white core, on the front, it is still not going to work for us Now here is some glitter paper Glitter’s pretty, but usually is only on one side, and that’s also not going to work well for us either So these three types of paper, you wanna avoid if you can Okay, what you do want to look for are papers that are the same color all the way throughout So this paper here, I got at Jo-Ann, and it has the same color inside as on the outside, and you can tell it’s just really vibrant when we look at it on the side This paper here is from Michaels, it also, nice and vibrant on the side, and this is a good paper to use as well Now this shimmer paper, I really like it because it’s got a lovely sheen to it, which is great for paper flowers, it makes it look perhaps a little bit more realistic, not as flat, however, it’s still a white core paper, but, because it’s so light and pastel, it’ll still work All right, our next step is to cut out the flowers on our Cricut, so got my mat loaded up here with an 8 1/2 inch sheet of cardstock, I’m gonna go ahead and load this in You just wanna use your regular fine point blade to cut out cardstock, and one of the awesome things about these Cricut paper flowers is how simple and quick they are to cut There’s not a lot of fine details, and they’ll go really quite quickly, which is good because we’re gonna cut a lotta flowers out today, (laughs) so that I can show you how each one of these go together But something I wanna show you is the mat The mat I used here was a brand new, nice, super-sticky mat, which normally I really like, but you can see here how hard it is to get the paper off, and in fact, it tears So, super-sticky new mat, not a good idea So instead, I went back and I used an older mat, that wasn’t anywhere near so sticky, but certainly sticky enough to cut my cardstock and not have it slip around, because the detail on this is really quite fine, you don’t need a super-sticky mat for this So, you will see what a huge difference it will make when I take off the cardstock from this mat All right, so there is our cut flower, and I can so easily remove this cardstock from the mat, because it’s not anywhere near so sticky, see? And it comes right off, and it’s so much easier and faster, ’cause you don’t have to sit there and pry off each little bit, and worry about it tearing and everything, so use a less sticky mat when you’re cutting out these paper flowers, and you will be so much happier All right, so let’s assemble these flowers Our next step is to roll up our paper flowers There’s three different tools that you could use for this The first is the Cricut quilling tool, which looks like this and it’s got a little slot in the little metal tip here The second is my homemade quilling tool I have a whole tutorial on how to use this It’s just a dowel and some electrical tape, and there is a slit at the end as well for this one And the third’s a simple pair of tweezers These are reverse-action tweezers, which makes it a little easier, but people use all kinds of tweezers for this So I’m gonna show you how it works to use all three of these tools, and you can decide which one works best for you All right, so let’s start with our first flower I have got all 10 of the Cricut flowers right here You wanna put it in this orientation as you begin, just as I’m showing here, and then you put the end of the flower into the slot on the end of your Cricut quilling tool, it slides right in there, and then you start rolling it I like to roll it towards me, just as I’m doing right here You just hold the paper in one hand

while you roll your tool in the other hand, and if this is your very first time, just go slow, be patient, you may need to restart it a couple times, it’s okay This is definitely a muscle memory sort of thing I’ve been rolling paper flowers for a long time, so I’m pretty used to it Now, the further along you get, the harder it’s going to get, so you’re gonna wanna be really patient, as you roll up these flowers, because it’s gonna wanna kinda slip down on the tip there, and that is going to happen, and it’s normal The things you wanna avoid are accidentally having it come out of the slot of the tool, or having it unravel as you’re working it, that kind of thing, so you’ll note, I’m holding the bud as I’m rolling it, because at this point it’s getting harder and harder to roll it up, but if I hold it, I can kinda keep it into position a little bit better All the way to the end At the end of each of these flowers, there is a circle You wanna stop when you get to that circle, hold the bud, and gently pull the scoring tool off of the bud, you might have to wiggle it a little bit Once your flower is off the scoring tool, you need to hold it and allow it to unwind just a little bit, as I’m doing here, not all the way, just enough so that it looks good to you And make sure you’re holding it, right? You can decide how much you want it to be open or closed, and at the bottom, we need to glue it So let’s first experiment with using tacky glue Tacky glue is mostly what I used on my early flowers, so it’s totally viable, and what you’re gonna wanna do is hold the bud, and so that you can see most of the layers, and you wanna put the glue in the rolled-up section You want to try to get glue on all of the edges of your rolled flower, and then, when you’ve got enough glue there, you fold your circle down onto it, and you press and hold everything into position while it dries Now tacky glue will take a little while to dry, so you’ll wanna hold this, and while you’re holding it, you can arrange your petals, so fold them outward, or do whatever you’d like to make this flower look good Generally speaking, with these flowers, you wanna fold the flowers outward You’re not really folding, so much as rolling them outward You’ll want to experiment, find the look that works best for you And here we go, that is what your flower looks like All right, now I’m gonna speed up the video while we go through the other nine Cricut flowers So for this daisy, I am going to switch from using the Cricut quilling tool to a pair of tweezers These are reverse-action tweezers, so we don’t have to squeeze them shut, you just put the end of the flower on there, and then you turn your tweezers towards you, holding the flowers, so that they roll up onto the end of the tweezers, just like this And you just wanna guide the flowers on there, and try to keep the base of the rolled flowers, more or less even, to the best of your ability It will get difficult as you get further down Then take out the tweezers, and if you need to, you can open them up a little bit With the daisy, you don’t have to open them up hardly at all, you can keep that bud, the rolled part, tighter, and then you put glue on the ends, and then you put that circle down, and then you hold it in your fingers while the glue sets You can push out petals so that it looks more like a real daisy, just as I am doing right here There we go, that’s our daisy That’s a nice, easy one I really like the daisy Now, for our third Cricut flower, I’m gonna switch to using my homemade quilling tool So this is just a dowel with a slot at the end, and some electrical tape What I love about this tool is that the electrical tape acts as a guide for the bottom edge of the rolled flowers, so it can make it easier when you’re rolling up your flowers They’re less likely to slip down on you When you get to the end, you’re gonna wanna take a look at your flower and see if it needs to be unrolled a little bit In this case, it looks good, so I’m gonna go ahead and glue it up, and it’s really too tight. (laughs) And that’s one of the problems with these flowers is that, I think it’s either too tight or it’s too loose, until you get used to how to make these, right? So it’s okay to, if it seems too tight, it’s okay to go ahead and arrange that, get it to where you like it I’m trying to get the center a little bit more tightly wound right there, by using the tweezers All right, so here’s our fourth flower I’m gonna keep using my homemade quilling tool, because I really like it, I really like how it helps the flower

not slip down quite so readily Yeah, so I’m gonna roll this right up, and we’re going to get to the bottom, and pull off the tool, just like before, and we’re gonna take a look at the bud and let it unroll just a little bit so it looks more natural, and put that glue on the rolled edges, and try to get as much glue as you can on there without it being everywhere. (laughs) And hold the flower as it sets, and while it’s doing that, roll out your petals so that it looks like a natural flower One of the issues I see with flowers is that folks aren’t rolling their petals outward, and it really looks so much better when you can arrange the petals out, like a real flower, ’cause even buds, the flowers aren’t completely flat, right? They’re still curved, and everything All right, so with this one, I’m going to go ahead and roll it up, but you can see I’m struggling a little bit with it, because it looks best when it’s completely not super tight, but it’s way too loose on the bottom I’m gonna have an issue getting glue in that It’s just so loose there, right? I can only get glue in a little bit, and the rolled section is bigger than the circle, so this is an issue that you might run into as well If this happens, you don’t have to throw it in the trash can, you don’t have to do that You can go ahead and try to glue it, like I am here, and then roll the center in tighter, so that it looks okay, but if that isn’t working, something else that you can do is switch from using tacky glue to using hot glue, right? So the hot glue will allow it to set much faster, and it’s thicker, so it’s going to coat the rolled edges better, and it’s gonna allow you to create your flower quicker, and get it into position So, let’s put away this tacky glue and get out our hot glue gun All right, so we’ve got the glue gun Now, remember, be careful, (laughs) that glue is very hot, and because this is a small project, and you have to hold it in your fingers while the glue sets, you’re more likely to burn yourself, okay? So please be careful I’m gonna get this flower rolled back up, so it looks decent Remember, everything is fixable, it really, really, I almost never throw anything away I can fix almost everything, and so can you So we’re gonna get this rolled up into a good, so that we can actually get the glue on it, again, there we go, that looks good, now see, the hot glue is just so much thicker, and we can get it right on there Again, be careful with your fingers, if it’s too hot, it’s gonna be a problem While the glue is setting, roll the petals outward, so it looks more natural There we go, there’s our finished flower All right, so now let’s do this red one that looks a little bit like a mum And this one is nice and easy to roll up because it’s all straight edges, and we can keep this bud pretty tight because it has petals that we can push outward pretty easily Unroll it just a little bit, so it looks natural You wanna hold it as you’re allowing it to unroll a little bit, control it with your fingers so that it doesn’t just go, poof, and open all the way up, and then you’ll see how I’m using this surface here, I’m pressing down on the center, so that I don’t burn my fingers on the hot glue, and that really helps a lot Okay, so let’s do our pointy flower, pointy pointy petal flower, and we’re gonna roll this one right up, again, I found this is the best way to roll ’em, when you roll it towards you like this, and because this has nice, long petals, we don’t have to unroll it too much, we can mostly just keep it tight and get that glue on there Make sure you get all the edges, there we go, and use your surface, and press it against there, so that you don’t burn your fingers, and open up all the petals If you’re struggling with this at all, remember, practice, practice, practice I’ve been rolling flowers for a long time My first flower did not look very good It takes some time, so don’t be discouraged, just keep trying Now this cabbage rose is a little tricky, in my opinion, because while it’s really pretty simple to roll up, it’s kind of a lot of paper, so at the end, it gets unruly And also, it’s a very wide flower If you look at that circle there, it’s a pretty big circle compared to the other circles, which of course is our clue that it should be opened up bigger So naturally, you’re gonna wanna open it up bigger, and you’re gonna find it’s a little bit harder to do, because it doesn’t necessarily wanna open up evenly, right? You’re gonna have some parts

that are rolled more than the others, and I saved this one towards the end because it is a little harder to do, and you’ll see I’m struggling with it right now, right? It’s like, this one needs a happy medium between too tight and too loose, but if you can’t get it right in there, then you’re gonna wanna get it too tight, so that you can at least get the glue on the ends I don’t make this flower very often, so I’m not well practiced at it But I want to show you all the mistakes, so that you can see what to do when you have an issue, as well, and I will show you, we’ll go through all of these flowers one more time at the end of the video, so you can see how they should be done properly from the start So first we do the mistakes, and then we do it right Because you know, it’s great when we have a video with perfect flowers, or a perfect project, but that doesn’t help when you can’t see how to fix a mistake, or what to do when there’s an issue And even now, I’ve got this one glued, but it’s just really really tight, it’s really just too tight, so, whatever, certainly not my favorite flower. (laughs) but I did it, all right? So another mum-type flower, so we roll this one right up I think that rolling is the easiest part It’s the gluing that I always struggle with But again, the more you do, the easier it’s gonna get, really All right, so we need to get that glue on there, right in the rolled section, and then push down on the rose, and press it against your surface to avoid burning your fingers, and then press your petals outward, there we go! Now, this next flower, which is a rose, is the trickiest, and it’s why I saved it for last So you really need to curl your petals before you ever start rolling it up, because otherwise it’s gonna be really difficult to do, and it’s also not gonna roll very well A lot of people, when they make this flower, they don’t do this, and it just doesn’t look very good at all, (laughs) it looks like some weird piece, bit of rolled paper, with bits sticking off of it, not like a rose But when you curl your petals first like this, or do something to distress them, and relax that stiff paper, it makes a huge difference So I’ve gone through and I have curled each of the petals inward, and now I’m gonna roll it up And because I curled it, it rolls up a lot easier, too Now, your petals are still a little bit stiff, and they might want to sort of stick together, like group together, when you’re rolling them, and if this happens, just keep squeezing the bud as you go, and it’ll keep it curled up into a bud That’s my best advice for how to prevent your petals from all wanting to be on the wrong side The advantage to this flower, while it’s finicky, it’s the most beautiful of all the flowers If you can master this one, you can have some gorgeous roses So we’re just gonna get that glue on there, and press it against our surface, and get those petals curled in there, and if you want, if you need to arrange them because they’re kind of all stuck together, this is the time to do it, before your hot glue sets And then press your petals outward, just like a real flower And there we go! So, that is our 10 Cricut flowers I think that they’re super fun and awesome So here’s all 10 of the Cricut 3D paper flowers, along with their shape, their finished look, and their code, in case you need to put them into projects that you already have This diagram is also available over on my blog, at jennifermaker.com, in case you’d like to bookmark it or print it out One of the biggest questions I get is, what size should I cut them out at, to get the finished size that I want? So let’s talk about that now So I cut out 10 flowers at 10 different sizes, everywhere from two inches, what you see here, all the way up to 11 inches, so that I could show you the whole range So this two inch size, it rolls up into a half-inch flower, which is great for things like cards and stuff, but probably a bit too small for home decor, or a shadowbox, unless it was a really small shadowbox This is the three inch size, and the three inch size rolls up into 3/4 of an inch This is just the next size up, and we’re gonna just go through the whole process, so I’m doing this very quickly now, because you don’t necessarily need to see me go slowly through this This is the four inch size, and the four inch size rolls right up into one inch You’re still gonna wanna arrange

your petals and stuff so they look good The five inch size rolls up into 1 1/4 inch This is a good medium size, still a little on the small side, but again, it depends on the size of your project or your canvas This is the six inch cut size, and the six inch size rolls up into 1 3/4 of an inch sized flower Our next one is the seven inch size Seven inches rolls up into 1 3/4 of an inch sized flower Here we have our eight inch size Eight inches rolls up into a two inch sized flower, now the eight inch is my favorite size, because it maximizes the paper, of like a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, and it looks great in most home decor applications, so like on a canvas, or a shadowbox, or as a gift topper, so eight inches is a winner, and that’s what I’m doing most of my flowers for my next project in All right, this is the nine inch size The nine inch size rolls right up into 2 1/2 inch flower You know, nine is great, but it doesn’t really fit on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, so it’s a little bit tricky in that regard But let’s keep on goin’ up This is a 10 inch size cut flower, and this rolls up into a 2 3/4 inch flower But I really think, if you’re not gonna do eight inches, and you want bigger, you might as well just go for the 11 inch size flower, because the 11 inch size will maximize your 12 x 12 paper, and it rolls up into a beautiful three inch size flower If you need to go bigger than this, then you need to actually start looking into giant paper flowers, of which I have a whole lot of, including roses So if you want bigger than three inches, then check out my giant paper roses, and other things like sunflowers, and poinsettias, and all those sorts of things All right, so here’s our sizes, and here is the size chart If you wanna refer to this, I will also have this over on my blog if you wanna bookmark it or print it out, so that you have it when you need it So there are the 10 sizes of our paper flowers! You can see how you can use these in different ways, just by changing the size of the flower Now I am going to actually use all 10 flowers to create a project, so if you wanna experiment, with creating different size flowers, go ahead and do it, because I have a project for you, and I’ll be talking about that in my next video But you’ll still get a sneak peek in this video Let’s go through all of the flowers one more time, the right way I’m gonna use the Cricut quilling tool, because I think that this works best for these flowers The paper that I’m using here is a shimmer paper, so that it gives this a pretty sheen, and we’re gonna roll these all up, and you’ll notice as I unroll these, I’m holding them to control them, so that they don’t open up too big, just enough so that I can get them looking natural And then I hot glue them, and I press the flower down against the mat, and as the glue is setting, I fold out the petals And that is how we do all of our flowers So we’re gonna go through, and we’re gonna do all 10 right now (cheerful ukulele music) So there we go, there’s all 10 of the paper flowers,

in shimmer cardstock, don’t they look really lovely? I have a project in mind for these They’re going to be amazing, I’m going to put them in a vase, and I’m going to show you what that looks like, and we’re gonna go over it in another tutorial Now, if you like Cricut’s paper flowers, I have more flowers for you to try I try to make my flowers look realistic,

and I trace each petal carefully from real flowers I have a peony, a rose, a carnation, a tulip, magnolia, mum, marigold, gardenia, cherry blossom, lily, and I think there’s more, too, yes And they’re all over at jennifermaker.com/paperflowers One of the biggest questions I get about paper flowers is, what do you do with them? I mean, they’re pretty and all, but what is their purpose? (chuckles) There’s a lot that you can do with them, from making cards and gift toppers, to home decor, but one of my all-time favorite things to do with paper flowers is make wall decor with things like these two canvases here You can create a flat vase from vinyl, paper, even transparency film, and then glue your flowers above it in pretty arrangements And I’m going to show you exactly how to do that in my next video If you have any questions at all about making Cricut’s paper flowers, or my paper flowers, please leave a comment below, or post over in my awesome Facebook group, at jennifermaker.com/cricutcrafters And that’s it for today Remember, if you can tell me what you want to make, I can show you how to make it! Until tomorrow! (cheerful ukulele music)