Learn how to make giant paper sunflowers out of cardstock. Free SVG cut files and printable templates.
Y’all know I’m obsessed with giant paper flowers. I’ve used them for all sorts of things. I decorated a Christmas tree with paper flowers, I made a giant paper flower American flag and I’ve even gathered all of the best free paper flower templates into one post for you. What can I say? I just LOVE giant paper flowers!
So of course I decided to make some giant paper sunflowers for fall. And you guys, I love them so much. I have been so excited to share this post with you so you can make some giant paper sunflowers too. You need them in your life! They’re just so happy and fun and fall-ish.
You can download the free files at the bottom of this post. I’ve included SVG cut files for your Silhouette or Cricut machine and printable patterns you can use to cut the flowers out by hand if you don’t have a machine.
- Yellow and Brown Cardstock (bought this pack from Michaels on sale for $3)
- Glue Gun + Glue Sticks
- Silhouette Cameo OR Printable Patterns + Scissors
Instructions for Making Paper Flowers With A Cutting Machine
Step 1: Download the paper flower SVG cut files below and import them into Silhouette Design Studio.
Step 2: Ungroup the designs and arrange them to fit on your paper. Just move the extra petals off the cutting mat when it’s not their turn to be cut.
Step 3: Adjust the cut settings for cardstock and send petals to be cut. Repeat until all of the shapes are cut. The large circle is the base you’ll glue all the petals to and the brown scalloped pieces are the sunflower center.
*** You’ll need at least 8 petals of each size. Note that there are two slightly different shaped petals in each size. This is just to make the flower look more realistic. You only need 8 petals total of each size (so 4 each of the two shapes that are the same size.) ***
Step 4: Curl the petals very slightly so they look more natural.
Step 5: Fold the bottom slit on top of itself and glue it into place. This is what gives the sunflowers their 3D shape.
Step 6: Use hot glue to attach the large petals to the outer edge of the paper circle. Attach the medium petals, then the small petals the same way. Fold up the edges of the scalloped circles, then stack them together from large to small and glue together to form the flower center.
Instructions for Making Paper Flowers By Hand
Step 1: Download the free template and print it onto regular copy paper. Cut out the shapes. Trace around the pattern onto the back of the cardstock and cut out the petals. You’ll need 8 large petals, 8 medium petals and 8 small petals plus the scalloped circles for the flower center and the large circle to use as a base to put the flower together.
Here’s a quick 20 second video to show you how to put the petals together.
Paper Sunflower Video Tutorial
I hung my paper flowers up above a giant shiplap sign in my downstairs living room, but here are a few more ideas for ways you could decorate with these paper sunflowers:
- Hang them on the wall above a TV or armoire or dresser or corner hutch.
- Make a bunch to put around your front door (if you have a porch to keep them from getting wet)
- Make an entire backdrop of sunflowers for a party.
- Hang them above a window like I did in my craft room.
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