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Giant Paper Sunflowers: Tutorial, Free SVG Cut Files and Printable Template

Learn how to make giant paper sunflowers out of cardstock. Free SVG cut files and printable templates.

giant paper sunflowers

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.

how to make cardstock flowers

Materials Needed

  • 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.) ***

cutting flower petals in silhouette studio

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.

giant paper sunflower free template 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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    • The SVG file is in the folder with the rest of the files. Just look at the ending of the file name to help you find it.

      • Hi Jennifer, the SVG file wont allow me to download it. It says that the website is denied? Any tips for downloading as I want to make this for a birthday gift and just love it. Many thanks Felicity

        • The files are stored on Google Drive and you should be able to access them via the link. Usually people who are having trouble downloading them are on a work or school computer that blocks access to certain sites. Could that be the problem?

    • I’m sorry, I don’t speak Spanish, but I tried to translate your comment and I think you’re asking how the petals are stuck together. I used hot glue.

        • The video is embedded in this blog post under the words “Paper Sunflower Video Tutorial.” You just have to click on the triangle play button and the video will play.

  1. Hi there! Can you please provide the dimensions of the petals and center to make a large flower? I downloaded the svg files but they are very small. Thank you!

    • Hi Melanie! The great thing about this pattern is that you can adjust the size to make whatever size flower you want! Just keep everything together as you enlarge them and it’ll turn out great. My largest sunflower is one petal per 8.5 x 11″ piece of cardstock.

    • The video is embedded in the post right below where it says, “Paper Sunflower Video Tutorial.” You just click on the play button to watch it.

      • I’m sorry Jennifer but the video is not there or does not appear to some of your subscribers. Maybe you could send a direct link, just for people like me that go to the comments for some help as I can not see the video embed either.


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