Paper Flower Course with Quynh D. Nguyen

The dahlia’s carefully arranged rows of petals add a pleasing bit of order and elegance to life. This paper flower tutorial provides the perfect starting point to explore the staggering array of varieties and colors of this beautiful bloom.

An Endless Variety of Blooms

Unleash your creativity with my dahlia paper flower tutorial! I feel so fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest where dahlias bloom in abundance. It is astounding to see all the beautiful varieties. The colors, shapes, and sizes that dahlias come in are just mind blowing. The wonderful thing about dahlias is that you can make them the star of your arrangement, or not. It’s happy to play second fiddle. The center of the dahlia is the star of this flower. To me the center shows its character, and each dahlia I make has a spunky personality.

What You Will Learn In This Course:

My tutorial will show you how to make and shape those signature dahlia petals and the sometimes bizarre looking buds. You will learn a painting technique that will create beautiful variegated petals that mimic the natural beauty of dahlias. I am mesmerized by the way the petals unfurl and stretch as they blooms. Once you understand the basics of cutting each petal, I challenge you to personalize your dahlias by adjusting the number of petals, the blooming stage, and their strategic placement, ensuring each creation becomes a truly distinctive masterpiece.

With the principles learned from this tutorial, you'll have the freedom to adapt and shape petals to craft new and exciting variations. With the vast array of dahlia varieties available, this tutorial serves as a versatile resource that you can revisit time and time again.

Supplies Used:

  • 90 gsm Italian crepe paper in color of choice

  • German doublette or extra fine crepe paper in green

  • Wires

  • Floral tape

  • UV spray or Mod Podge

  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

  • Coloring mediums such as acrylics, gouache, watercolor, alcohol inks, or PanPastels

  • Spun cotton

Difficulty Level: 5

When you make smaller blooms, meticulous attention is required to cut each petal precisely. The difficulty of this bloom comes from gluing all the petals and not creating a sticky mess. I’ll share how I avoid this and other valuable tips that are applicable to any multi-petals flower.

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