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Handmade cards are always a hit, but this one is also a pop! My new 3D pop-up flower bouquet looks complex, but it’s really a simple process, you just have to follow the steps closely to get the perfect pop-up card! I’ll show you some helpful tips, including how I have my Cricut add a super secret cheat code to help with assembly! 

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I love spring flowers, don’t you? When the tulips and daffodils break ground, I know the nice weather is coming! I wanted to capture some of that spring feeling to remember year-round, and my 3D pop-up flower bouquet does the job perfectly!

Since I want everyone to be able to make this project, I’ve included free download files for the main design, plus a mini version you can cut with a Cricut Joy if you have the smaller machine. But really, it’s so cute, I’ve already cut some minis on my Cricut Maker!

The secrets to pop-up card success are quality materials, attention to detail, and patience. If your cardstock is floppy, or you rush and slot the pieces together incorrectly, the action won’t be quite right and your finished project could tear. 

I’ve linked the good-quality materials I used below, including a Cricut-compatible pen. I’ll show you how to have the machine draw letters on certain pieces to help you keep track of what’s what. Then, we’ll use the code to make assembly a spring breeze! And don’t worry, the letters are hidden in the final result, so your secret’s safe with me!

Where are the daffodils, you might be asking? The bouquet with various flowers is something you can easily make in my ADVANCE program! Learn more about ADVANCE here!


Of course, this bouquet would make a beautiful card with a Mother’s Day gift, especially if you had some written words on the vase. It’s also a nice Valentine’s Day present or wedding card, especially if you can make a paper version of the couple’s fresh cut flower selections!

Also, these 3D pop-up flower bouquet cards are easy to mail! The small version is about 3″W x 6″H x 2.75″D assembled, but just 5”W x 7.125”H when flattened so it fits right in an A7 envelope. The large bouquet is approximately 9″W x 10.5″H x 8″D put together but folds down to 9″W x 12.5″H to mail in standard flat rate envelope (size 12.5” x 9.5”).

Let me show you how to make a 3D Pop-Up Flower Bouquet! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more, there is no additional cost)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Materials to Make a 3D Pop-Up Flower Bouquet

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How to Make a 3D Pop-Up Flower Bouquet

3D Pop-Up Flower Bouquet

3D Pop-Up Flower Bouquet

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy to Medium
Estimated Cost: $2-$4

Make an impressive 3D pop-up flower bouquet out of cardstock to mail to a friend or family member!



Download my 3D Pop-Up Flower Bouquet designs from my free library – look for Design #608.
NOTE: Alternatively, you can use the Save This Project form near the top of this post and the design link will be emailed to you.
TIP: If you’re not sure how to download, unzip, or upload design files, go to to learn how.

Unzip the downloaded folder.

There are four design files in the SVG folder. There are score versions of each of the large and small bouquets for use with a scoring tool, and no-score versions of each with dashed cut lines to create the foldable creases.
There is also a DXF folder with cut files, and a PDF folder with versions you can cut by hand.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to prepare and assemble the large ”no-score” pop-up bouquet SVG with a Cricut Maker 3. The steps for the small bouquet are the same. Remember, if you’re using a Joy or Joy Xtra, they do not have scoring capability.

If you want to use a score version, see my paper purse tutorial for steps to adjust score lines.



  1. Open Cricut Design Space and click “New Project.”
  2. Click “Upload” and then “Upload Image.”
  3. Click “Browse.”
  4. Select the bouquet SVG file of your choice. I’m using the large version without score lines.
  5. On the Prepare to Upload screen, it will say “Cut Image” with the design preview.
  6. Click “Upload.”
  7. Select the bouquet design in Recent Uploads and add it to the canvas.
  8. Zoom out so you can see everything.
    NOTE: There are vase, foliage, and flower elements in the design. The foliage pieces include letters we’ll have the Cricut draw on to help with assembly.
  9. Ungroup the design.
    NOTE: I don’t recommend resizing the design because it won’t fit as easily in a standard envelope.
  10. In the Layers Panel, click the eight foliage layers with small arrows to expand them.
    NOTE: The flower heads are grouped, too, but you don’t need to expand them unless you want to adjust their colors.
  11. In each expanded layer, click on the top layer of each group, which will be a letter. The color swatch at the top of the canvas will be black for those layers.
  12. Change the “Operation” for those layers to “Pen.”
  13. Click the Color Box next to the “Operation” menu and select the pen type and color you’d like to use. I recommend using a Fine Point pen, but the letters won’t be visible once the bouquet is assembled.
  14. For each expanded group, select the entire grouped layer, then click “Attach.”
    NOTE: The newly Attached group will jump to the top of the Layers Panel.

  15. Go down the Layers Panel, attaching the other seven foliage and writing Layers one at a time.
  16. If you want to change any of the flower colors, select them on the Canvas and use the Color Box next to “Operation” to pick a new color option.
  17. Your bouquet pieces are ready to cut!


  1. Select the correct machine from the top right drop-down menu.
  2. Click “Make.”
  3. On the Prepare screen, you should have 13 mats for the large bouquet if you're using the same colors as me.

    TIP: If you see a white mat with just writing, one or more of your pen layers may not have attached correctly, so go back to the Canvas to check.
  4. Change the Material Size for each mat to match your cardstock if needed.
  5. Once you’ve checked everything, select the first mat again and click “Continue.”
  6. On the “Make” screen, click “Browse All Materials.”
  7. Search for and select the “Medium Cardstock - 80 lb (216 gsm)” setting.
  8. Select “More” for the Pressure.
  9. Since the rest of the mats are the same cardstock weight, click the “Remember material settings” box to save time between cuts.
  10. Place the first sheet of cardstock face up on a green StandardGrip machine mat.
  11. Roll a brayer across the cardstock to adhere the cardstock to the mat well.
  12. Check that your Premium Fine-Point Blade is clean and in the clamp.
  13. Insert your Cricut Fine-Point pen into the correct clamp when prompted.
    TIP: Remove the pen’s cap (put it on the back so you don’t lose it) and test it on scrap cardstock to make sure it flows well first.
  14. Press the flashing button to load the prepared mat into your Cricut.
  15. Press the flashing “Go” button to begin cutting.
  16. When the machine stops cutting, don’t unload the mat right away. Gently lift a corner of the cardstock to make sure the cuts went all the way through. If not, press the “Go” button again to make another cut pass in the same spots.
  17. When the cuts are all the way through, unload the mat.
    TIP: If you have any issues with your cuts, go to
  18. Flip the mat over onto your work surface and gently pull the mat away from the cardstock.
  19. Repeat steps 10-18 for the rest of the mats.
    TIP: Design Space might not remember your tool choices between mats, so always check that they’re correct.
  20. Here are all my cut pieces face up.



  1. There are three pieces for the vase and two pieces for the vase label.
  2. Fold all the crease lines on each of the vase pieces in the same direction, finishing with the tabs.
    TIP: You can use a scraper tool or your fingernail to make each fold crisp.
  3. Place the rectangular vase pieces face up with the long tabs facing the same direction and the short tabs at the bottom.
  4. Add craft glue on the outside of one rectangle’s long side tab.
  5. Press the smooth side edge of the other rectangle against the long tab with glue.
  6. Add glue to the outside of the other long tab.
  7. Bring the other rectangle’s smooth short edge to meet the second glued tab.
  8. Make sure the edges are smooth and press it in place to make a cylinder vase shape.
  9. Grab the vase’s oval label piece and fold back along the crease lines.
  10. Flatten your vase so that the bottom short tabs are in the center of the back and front.
  11. Add glue to the back of the vase label. Be sure to add glue to the center and both folds.
    NOTE: The back is the side with folded parts pointed toward you.
  12. Center the label vertically on the vase, then line up the creases of the label and the creases of the vase. Press the label down onto the vase.
    NOTE: This will be the front of the vase.
  13. Glue the heart to the center of the label.
  14. Add glue to the outside of the front-facing bottom tab.
  15. Hold the bottom octagonal vase piece so that the crease is horizontal, then press the top edge of the piece against the glued tab. Make sure the edge of the octagonal piece is aligned with the tab’s crease before the glue dries.
  16. Turn your assembled vase over so that the label side is face down.
  17. Add glue to the face of the last short tab.
  18. Fold along the crease of the bottom octagonal piece so that it looks like a hard taco.
  19. Press the lined-up edge of the bottom piece against the tab with glue.
  20. Make sure all of the glued pieces are dry, then pop your vase oven. Your vase is finished!


  1. Place Foliage Pieces C, D, E, F, G, and H and the tulip pieces face up.
    NOTE: Each tulip has two parts: the back piece that looks like a full tulip flower, and the single-petal front piece. The drawn letters are on the front side of the foliage pieces.
  2. Look at each foliage piece to find the flower stems, which are straight across the tops and don’t look like the rest of the leaf pieces. This is where you’ll place tulip flowers with the larger section in back and the smaller petal in front.

    NOTE: You can refer to Design Space to see which tulip colors I placed on the different stems, or you can place them in a different order if you’d like your bouquet to look different than mine.
  3. Pick a tulip and corresponding stem to start with. Add a line of glue from the center bottom to the center middle of the back tulip piece.
  4. Slide the back tulip piece underneath the stem so that the stem is about halfway up the flower. Press down to adhere it to the glue.
  5. Pick up the matching single-petal tulip piece and add a line of glue to the back.
  6. Press the petal glue-side down on top of the stem. Make sure the petal is centered and its top sticks up a little above the back tulip piece.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 for all of the tulips and foliage stems.


  1. Fold along the crease lines on Foliage Pieces A and B.
    NOTE: There is a fold along the center and one next to each tab. Fold all three in the same direction.
  2. Slot the left tab of Foliage Piece B into the right tab of Foliage Piece A so the tabs are on the inside.
    TIP: Make sure the slots go together completely so the bottom edges are flush.
  3. Slot the two remaining tabs together to form a square grass-looking piece.
  4. If you’d like to make these joints sturdier, lift up the cardstock above each tab, add glue to the tab, then press down.
    NOTE: Don’t add glue to any of the other joints because the bouquet won’t fold correctly.
    TIP: Some of the tabs are easier to access from the inside of the square.
  5. Stack the lettered foliage pieces in alphabetical order, because that’s the order we’ll assemble them in.
  6. Grab Foliage Piece C and lower it onto the foliage square so its two slits slide into the middle space between the leaves.
    NOTE: Make sure the bottom of piece C goes all the way to the bottom of the slots in the foliage square.
  7. Turn the foliage square so the tulip on Foliage Piece C faces you.
  8. Slot Foliage Piece D into the center of the foliage square so it’s perpendicular to Foliage Piece C and its three slits align with the three middle openings.

    NOTE: Look inside the bottom to make sure Piece D has completely slotted with Piece C.
  9. With Piece C (the piece with only one tulip) still facing you, lower Foliage Piece E in front of C and align its three slits with the three openings on Pieces A, D, and B.
  10. Slot Foliage Piece F behind Piece C the same way.
  11. Turn the foliage square so the tulips of Foliage Piece D are facing you.
    TIP: If you lose track of which Foliage Piece is which, look at the bottom to check the letter.
  12. Slot Foliage Piece G in front of Foliage Piece D. Be patient and take your time when doing this, because Piece G has five slits and there are a lot of pieces to align.
    TIP: I aligned an outer slit first, then worked my way across Piece G, aligning the other four slits with their corresponding openings one at a time.
  13. Slot Foliage Piece H into the last five openings. Again, take your time so you don’t rip any cardstock as you align all five slits.
    TIP: For this piece, I aligned the outer slits one at a time, made sure the flowers were out of the way, then slid the middle slits into place.
  14. Pick up your assembled flower and foliage pieces and look at them from the bottom. It should look like a grid with sixteen squares.
    NOTE: If there are any spots that aren’t squares, some of the slits might be misaligned and the bouquet won’t fold correctly. Undo the joints and try again.
  15. Fold the whole bouquet from the corners so that it flattens.
    NOTE: Depending on how you fold the bouquet, you’ll see different views, so play around to see which you like best.
  16. Flatten your vase so that the heart label is on the front.
  17. Insert your flattened bouquet into the top of the vase and push it down until the bottom of the foliage touches the bottom edge of the side of the vase.
  18. Push from the sides of the flat vase and watch your bouquet pop open!


  1. To fold your bouquet flat so it fits in an envelope, position the bouquet so that one corner is facing you.
  2. You can choose to fold it one of two ways. Each way will show you a different view of the flowers. The first way to fold it is to press in at the corners to the left and right of you to flatten the bouquet.
  3. The other way to fold the bouquet is to press in at the corners facing toward you and away from you to flatten the bouquet.
  4. Flatten the vase so that the label is centered on the front and the bottom looks like a taco.
    NOTE: You can also remove the bouquet from the vase and flatten both separately.
  5. Slide your flattened bouquet inside a standard flat-rate envelope and send it to a friend!

    If you made the Joy version, you can slide the flattened bouquet into a standard A7 sized envelope!
  6. When your recipient gets the bouquet, they just have to push in on the flat vase’s sides to pop open the bouquet!


Display your finished 3D pop-up flower bouquet, or press from the front and back to flatten it so that you can put it into an envelope and send it to your favorite person!


Small Joy-Size Bouquet
Finished Size: Approximately 3"W x 6"H x 2.75"D (5”W x 7.125”H when flattened)
Can be mailed in standard 5” x 7” (A7) greeting card envelope

Large Bouquet
Finished Size: Approximately 9"W x 10.5"H x 8"D (9"W x 12.5"H when flattened)
Can be mailed in standard flat rate envelope (size 12.5” x 9.5”)

Answers to Your Questions About How to Make a 3D Pop-Up Flower Bouquet

Q: Where are the other flower shapes?

A: The bouquet with different flowers is not a done-for-you design — it’s an example of the perfect gift you can design yourself in my ADVANCE program. Learn more about ADVANCE here!

Q: What paper is best for making paper flowers and cards?

A: When making a 3D Pop-Up Flower Bouquet, I recommend using high quality 65 pound cardstock. It’s durable and strong, but easy to fold and curve into the shapes necessary to build the vase and flowers. If you don’t have a local retail store, there are many cardstock sources on the global marketplace. Just check their average rating (read the 5-star reviews), see if their delivery times fit your goals, and look for free shipping because paper can be heavy!

Q. Do I have to use a Cricut?

A: No! My capable design staff and I always include several versions of each digital item. If you have a Silhouette Cameo, which uses Silhouette Studio, you can use the DXF cut files in Silhouette Basic Edition. If you have upgraded to Silhouette Designer Edition, Designer Edition Plus, or Business, you can use the SVG file. A Brother ScanNCut works, too, If you don’t have one of these powerful tools, you can print and then cut out my digital download PDF file, too. The ZIP file in my resource library includes these file types and more! And good news, you can also use Cricut cut files and Design Space on a mobile device. Just make sure you have the latest version of the app.

Q: Can I sell these 3 d popup greeting cards on my Etsy shop/online store?

A: Thank you for wanting to create and sell items to interested buyers using our 3 d pop-up card! Please read about licenses here so you know what you can and cannot do with our pop-up flower cards. While the 3 d pop up flower bouquet greeting cards are free for personal use, if you want to use them for commercial use or sell them with small businesses on the Etsy app or elsewhere, please read the link above and do not sell my digital items or files, as that would infringe on JenniferMaker’s intellectual property rights. The same goes for my other collections of free SVGs digital files, and 3 d flowers downloads. If you use them, please share photos with us! We love supporting small businesses and creative entrepreneurs!

Q: Do you have other easy card designs?

A: Yes, I love making cards and sharing them with you! Here are some of my favorite handmade pieces, which you can adjust as needed for multi-occasional use:
Side edge cards with nature themes
Cricut card designs with cute animals and a blank card SVG to customize

Q: How else can I make a impressive flower bouquet with paper?

A: I have tutorials for additional bouquets you can make as impressive gifts!
Balloon Bouquet
Completely paper bouquet and vase
Put a bouquet in a balloon

Q: Do you have other pop up card designs?

A: Yes, I have lots of options in addition to my flower bouquet card! Try one of these or make a whole host for a card bundle:
Flying butterfly card
Pop-up cake birthday card
Grill pop-up design

Q: Do you have envelopes to go with the 3D pop-up flower bouquet?

A: The large bouquet 3 d card SVG collapses to be 9″ x 12.5″ and fits in a standard flat rate envelope. The small bouquet folds flat to 5″ x 7.125″ and fits in an A7 envelope, which I have available in my DIY envelope bundle. You can create your own perfectly sized blank envelope, or have the machine address it for you!

Get my free SVG files to make a 3D Pop-Up Flower Bouquet!

I love seeing what you make with my designs and how you use them! Please share a photo after you learn how to make a paper flower bouquet in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.


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