This week I made a pretty summer wreath of paper flowers. I made my paper roses and carnations, as those are both summer flowers. But the peonies, magnolias, and tulips I’d designed weren’t quite right. So I decided to design a new flower: a Gerbera Daisy! This paper daisy is the easiest rolled flower I’ve made so far, and super fun to make. Let me show you how to do it!
Update: In August 2017, I reworked my Gerbera Daisy pattern so that each of the larger, outer petals was traced from real daisy petals. I think this makes for an even more realistic looking daisy.
Paper Daisy Materials
- Core’dinations 8.5″ x 11″ Cardstock (solid core), Candy Shop and/or Over the Rainbow
- Quilling tool (how to make a DIY quilling tool)
- Hot glue gun, or just tacky glue
- Free Gerbera Daisy SVG/DXF files (available in my Free Resource Library—get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this post)
- A way to cut your daisy petals (I used a Cricut Explore cutting machine)
- Blue LightGrip cutting mat
How to Make a Paper Daisy
First, get the SVG file in my free resource library (get the password to it by filling out the form at the bottom of this post). Then upload it to Design Space.
Tip: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
You’ll note that there are two different colored layers — the yellow layer is the petals, and the black later is a small “eye” used for the inside of the flower (totally optional). If you don’t want to use the “eye,” just hide that layer. I cut my daisies on a blue LightGrip mat on the “Cardstock, Solid Core” materials setting.
Next, if you want two-tone daisies, as the inner set of petals on many Gerbera daisies have a different color, just cut your daisies on different colors of cardstock, cut each one where the small petals meet the large petals, and mix and match them. You can glue them together with your glue gun.
Alternatively, you can use a marker to color the smaller petals before you roll it up.
Once you’ve got your daisy petals all cut out, just roll them right up. I made a short video that explains how to roll paper flowers.
After they are rolled, arrange the petals then glue the bottom edge of the rolled petals. Press the circle against the glue.
Press all the petals outward, away from the center — even the little ones. Real Gerbera daisies have splayed petals like that.
Here’s one of my daisies with a separate center and different colored inner petals:
Now wasn’t that easy? Go make something beautiful with your paper daisies!
If you’d like to see what I did with my daisies (and the roses and carnations I show in the video), check out thecraftyblogstalker.com — my tutorial on how to make a paper flower wreath is over there!
Here is a pretty-in-pink daisy made by reader Karen Sewell:
Get the free SVG by filling out the form here
More Rolled Paper Flower Tutorials & SVG Cut Files
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