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Peony Paper Flower Tutorial

Paper Peony Flower
         Hi friends sharing a bouquet of cheerful handmade Paper Peonies to brighten your day! I first made this Peony flower design for an Origami Box and it was so easy and fun to make I made a whole bunch!
Paper Peony Flower
         These huge flowers are as big as your palm and can easily fill up a flower vase you have at home.Mine are sitting prettily on  a bicycle cart my mom had gifted me ages back!
Paper Peony Flower
Used fine glitter and diamond dust to make my flowers sparkle!
Paper Peony Flower
How to make an easy Paper Peony Flower
Materials Required
  • Paper -handmade paper gives the best results [mine are from the Indian Craft Shop Itsy Bitsy]
  • Flowers- hand-cut ,die cut or punched. I used diecuts from a  Spellbinders Nestablities Blossom Five die set
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive- Glue gun to quickly assemble your flower and liquid glue to add glitter and sparkle
  • Pollen - or any other center you want to add to your flowers
Here is the Video tutorial 

And here is the  Pictorial 
Cutting the Flowers
Spellbinders Diecuts
             You need 6 flowers to make your Paper Peony. I used the 3 large dies from a Spellbinders Nestablities Blossom Five die set to cut out 2 flowers each from each die.
            If you don't have this particular die... it doesn't matter...you can alternately use any other flower shape die/punch which has  broad petals!
           Also the shape is fairly easy to hand-cut if you just think of it as a circle with wavy borders  or you can follow the method in this link : Hand-cut Large Paper Flower tutorial 
Cut the Flower Petal
Cut in between the petals towards the middle  such that you cut 1/3rd of the diameter of the flower [ approx....no need to rack your brain or hunt for a scale to get the exact 1/3rd!]
Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
Snip between the petals of all your flowers. This step just allows you to easily shape your flower.
Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
Ink Petal Edges - optional

Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
Inking the edges of the petals will give a totally cool look to your flower and just takes an extra few minutes!
Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
Shape your Flower Petals

Now what I love about this particular flower is you don't need to use an fancy tools....just your fingers!! And that makes its quick and easy!
Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
 Just bend your petal up at its base as shown in the picture above and curve the petal around your finger.
Peony Paper Flower Tutorial
     Fold up and curl all your petals using your fingers and you will get a flower which is gently cupped with its petals curving towards the middle. If your paper is very thick you can use your embossing pad and tools to help you .
Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
The next step is the coolest and is better seen in the video....cup your flower and squeeze in all the petals at the top.
Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
Because of the snips and curls you had given the flower earlier it will easily form into a "bud" shape!
Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
When you leave your fingers it will unfurl into a perfectly cupped and curled flower! Easy wasn't it!!
Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
Assemble your Paper Peony Flower

Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
Do the same steps for all 6 flowers and it's time to glue all the layers together

Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
I like to start from the largest base flower and add the layers atop with the petals staggering.
Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
Its easier to apply hot glue to the cupped smaller flower and stick it to the larger flower underneath as you go up.
Peony Paper Flower Tutorial 
Now that one doesn't look too impressive does it....well wait till you add a center and some sparkle!
Flower Center
Tie a bunch of pollen and hot glue it to the center of your Peony...and though I have shown a green floral wire...try to use something white so that it doesnt show!
Add Sparkle and Shine to your Paper Flower

Flower tutorial 
You can use fine glitter/ chunky glitter/ diamond dust or whatever you fancy to add sparkle and a magical look to your flower.
Flower tutorial 
 Add liquid glue to your petal edges and add the sparkling media of your choice!
Flower tutorial 
I used a mixture of Diamond dust and Glitter to make my Peonies!
Paper Peony Flower
The one above has diamond dust alone and the "wild honey" Peony has glitter alone.
Paper Peony Flower
The Purple one is my favorite and is all sparkly with a mixture of both diamond dust and fine glitter dusted on the petal tips!
Paper Peony Flower
I love making flowers and these Peonies look so cheerful ...dont you agree?
Paper Peony Flower
And that is the Bicycle flower cart with my Peonies on our terrace garden!
Paper Peony Flower
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and my bouquet of Paper Peonies!
Here is a pinnable image for fans of Pinterest
Easy Peony tutorial 

Linking to
  1. All Sorts Challenge 366 great outdoors
  2. 613 Avenue create
  3. Pixie's Snippets Playground 232 - the inner flowers are small and cut from snippets of leftover paper
  4. Simon Says Monday

47 comments:

  1. Yay! I have this die cut, and really enjoyed your tutorial with sparkly and real look! Love your garden pic, Highlighted these peonies more beautiful!!!

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    1. Oh that is awesome...I made a rose with the same die set and it too looks gorgeous !

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  2. Awesome ... I dnt have die but sure I will try....they look gorgeous...

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  3. Your flowers are so cheerful Sonia, they are giving some serious competition to the real ones in the last pic :)

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  4. Wow awesome.. U make everything look n sound like its a child's play.. Love it. N can't wait to try !!

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  5. Pretty flowers!! And you have a lovely garden :) Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  6. You are a darling, I was dying to make this type of flower , Thanks for your wonderul tutorial...............God bless you dear Sonia. Hugs and blessings

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  7. Oh wow these look amazing love the added sparkle and love the bike hugs cheryl xxx

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  8. wow..as routine beautiful flowers...great

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  9. So gorgeous peonies ..TFS :)

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  10. Wow wow wow!! These are just GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeeee them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Wowwwww Sonia!! These are sooo adorable!! Love the way have kept them on a bike! Thanks for the tute doc! :)
    Suchi xx

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  12. Amazing flowers and a great tutorial!! Thanks!!
    ♥Hugs Valentina♥

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  13. Pretty flowers Sonia and lovely with all the pearl stamens. Going back a few years I did classes to make roses in a similar way but using punches and they were always popular.

    B x

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  14. Your flowers are delightful and that bicycle is pretty cute too. Thank you for sharing your techniques. hugs, Teresa

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  15. Such beautiful flowers.

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  16. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, das ist ja super gemacht. Danke für die Anleitung
    glg Gertrude

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  17. Wow...Gorgeous flowers Sonia...amazing clicks...Thanks for sharing the tutorial..

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  18. These are absolutely beautiful Sonia! Love the pastel colors!

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  19. I just adore your peonies and my favourite is the yellow with glitter!

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  20. Your peony flowers are gorgeous! Thank you for the detailed tutorial!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  21. Loved the peonies !! pretty colors and fuller ,diamond dust make it look wonderful !

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  22. Beautiful . Thank you for the tutorial. Hugs Mrs A.

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  23. These are stunning and fabulous tutorial! TFS

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  24. So gorgeous Sonia and they look just lovely sitting on the bicycle [which is so adorable by the way]..another fabulous tutorial..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  25. Awesome. You have really magical hands!

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  26. Beautiful flowers Sonia!! Love the diamond dust. The bicycle cart is very beautiful!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  27. Beautiful tutorial. Thank you for sharing us.

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  28. you are tempting me to buy the bigshot machine sonia.Gorgeous peonies and loved the way u arranged in that little cycle

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  29. Absolutely beautiful flowers! They look gorgeous in the lovely bicycle. A fantastic tutorial from you as usual, so easy to follow. Have a great week. Debra x

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  30. wonderful flowers.
    I wish I have that dies.
    its so great!

    have a nice day
    hugs
    Bad Kitty's Craftroom

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  31. Gorgeous flowers and cute little bike, hug, Lori m

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  32. What a stunning bouquet and I like that you included a pictorial. Now I can make them!

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  33. lovely floral beauties Dr Sonia.... you have tutorials for all flowers ..Thank you so much for always inspiring us.. :)

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  34. Beautiful flowers and a great tutorial. Cara x

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  35. Gorgeous flowers Sonia and the tutorial is easy to follow! Thanks so much for sharing, I love these for a bigger project! hugs :)

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  36. Your bouquet is just so pretty!!! Love your peonies- so realistic looking- and love the pretty glitter you added too.

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  37. WOW!! This is Stunning Sonia. Thanks for the tutorial...Loz

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  38. Really stunning Sonia! And the tutorial is fabulous too!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  39. Oh my gosh, they are the most beautiful flowers, Sonia!! They look amazing!! I love the pretty colors!! As always, your tutorial is perfect!! Love them!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  40. What a fabulous garden, Sonia, and the perfect backdrop for your home decor peonies! They don't grow here, but I love seeing them so beautifully displayed! Thanks for the tut! Hugs, de

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  41. Gorgeous flowers Dr Sonia !!! Thanks for the tutorial..... Someday I might also give it a try ....:)

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  42. All the flowers turned out so beautiful and thanks for the tutorial. Love the bike.

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  43. LOve love love this project! Stunning flowers, I love the way you've arranged them on the bicycle in your garden! Thanks for joining us this week on SImon Says Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

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  44. Hi Sonia, what beautiful paper flowers! I have that die and can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing the instructions. Love the bicycle planter you displayed them in too. Just lovely.

    Hugs
    Sue

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