Giant Paper Flower American Flag

Make an American flag out of giant paper flowers to decorate for the Fourth of July.

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Fourth of July decorations are my favorite. The classic combo of red, white and blue makes my patriotic heart so happy. If you’ve followed along here at The Craft Patch, you know that I adore paper flowers. I’ve used them for all sorts of projects! As I was contemplating the upcoming holiday, it only seemed natural to make something out of paper flowers. So I made a giant American flag!

This post is made possible by my sponsors at Hobby Lobby.

First let’s look at a few of the pretty party table details, then I’ll walk you through how to make the paper flowers.

paper flower backdropThe blue check tablecloth, red star table runner, star food picks, glass jars, paper plates and patriotic napkins are all from Hobby Lobby.

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fourth of july party food It was so easy to set up a cute food table with all of their patriotic party decor items. I even bought the red, white and blue sprinkles at Hobby Lobby!

Now let’s make the paper flowers!

If you would like to make this amazing flower flag, you will need: (affiliate links)

  • Red, white and blue cardstock
  • Silhouette Cameo (you can cut the petals by hand, but it would take forever)
  • Glue gun + lots of gluesticks

I bought packs of cardstock when they were on sale for 50% off, so it was only $10 or $12 dollars and I have tons of paper leftover. I bought these packs:

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I bought two packs of each color and only used the red out of the holiday pack and only two shades out of the blue pack, so I can save the rest of the cardstock for another day.

Giant Paper Flower Tutorial

Instructions for Silhouette Paper Flowers

  1. Download the paper flower templates below and import them into Silhouette Design Studio.
  2. Trace around the shapes and resize the flower petals to fit on the paper you’ll be using.
  3. Adjust cut settings for cardstock and send petals to be cut.
  4. Curl the edges of the flower petals around a pencil.
  5. Fold the slit on top of itself and glue it into place.
  6. Glue the smallest center petals onto a cardstock circle, then repeat for the medium sized petals and repeat again for the largest petals.
  7. Layer the three rounds of petals together and glue in place.
  8. Add a center decoration if desired.

Instructions for Making Paper Flowers by Hand

  1. Download the printable paper flower template below.
  2. Resize the petals on the computer if desired, then print.
  3. Cut out the flower petal templates. Trace the shape onto cardstock and cut out with scissors. To speed up the process, you can cut through several layers of cardstock at a time.
  4. Curl the edges of the flower petals around a pencil.
  5. Fold the slit on top of itself and glue it together.
  6. Glue the smallest center petals onto a cardstock circle, then repeat for the medium sized petals and repeat again for the largest petals.
  7. Layer the three rounds of petals together and glue in place.
  8. Add a center decoration if desired.

If you learn better by seeing, here’s a short video tutorial that shows you exactly how to make the giant paper flowers:

To make the paper flower flag, you will need to make 18 white flowers, 11 red flowers and 6 blue flowers. Each flower measures about 10 inches across.

fourth of july paper flower flag

It takes a long time to make the flowers, but it was totally worth it! Talk about a lot of impact for just a few bucks!

Check out this post to download free paper flower templates.

Don’t forget to print out a coupon before heading to Hobby Lobby. Happy crafting!

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10 COMMENTS

    • I bought them from Consumer Crafts, but I just checked and it looks like they no longer carry them. I’ve seen them before at Michaels. They are called fringe scissors and they are made by EK Success/Martha Stewart.

    • The scissors are also called Shredder Scissors. If you have an old shredder you could put the paper in shred an inch or so the reverse the shredder & get the same effect.

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