Step 8: Cutting the 2.5" Strip Petals
- Fold all three sheets together in half
- Then cut strips of rectangular pieces in varying widths of 1 to 3 cms, until all the pieces are cut
- Next, fold the rectangular pieces in half and cut diagonally starting at the one-inch mark.
Tip: When cutting the rectangular pieces, they do not need to be uniform. Some pieces can be more narrow or slightly wider. This will give the dahlia a more natural look.
Step 9: Cupping the 2.5" Strip Petals
- In the video, I talk about the different placement of your thumbs than what I usually do to cup a regular petal. With this petal, you will place your left thumb at the bottom and then the right thumb on top, and you will push in and then out, left thumb to the left and right thumb to the right. This will create almost an "S" shape petal and give it more movement in the petal. See video for a demonstration of this technique.
Step 10: Shaping the Petals
- See video on how to cup the petals in more detail. You can cup two to three petals at the same time by placing your two thumbs in the top center of the petal and gently press your thumbs into the paper, forming a slightly cupped shape and making the petal have more of an "S" shaped petal.
Note: Make sure you cup the same colored side of the crepe paper on all the petals if you are using a crepe paper that has two different colors.
Step 11: Continuing the Placement of the Petals
- Use my gap technique by looking at the flower from the above and find the natural gaps in between the petals, that is where you will place your next petal.
- You will want to slowly with each row start extending the petal a little bit out and downward, just like a flower would bloom in nature.
Tip: When you get stuck on where to put your next petal, turn the flower upside-down, and you will see the gaps more readily, see my video for a deep look into this step.
Thanks for joining me on Part 2 of making the dahlia! Look in your inbox tomorrow for the next step on putting the sepals and making the dahlia leaves and working with floral tape to wrap your stem.