Simple folded paper dahlias using printables


OK, this is likely to be pretty image heavy – be warned.

Download the PDFs. The PDFs consist of little circle motifs with a bit of text curved around them.  They are sized to be punched with a 1 inch circle punch.

The coloured version is here.

The Black text version is here

the Brown text version is here

Get a piece of printer paper – and the PDFs should work with both A4 and US letter sized paper. If you are using the coloured version, pick out papers to match the printed motifs.  Cut 2 inch wide strips at least the width of your printer paper.  I used scraps, and some were 12 inches wide, some 8.5 inches wide.

Turn the scraps over and attach the patterned side to the printer paper with a rub-off repositionable adhesive, like Hermafix.  Stick the first strip flush with the top edge, and each next strip right up against the previous one.

If you’ve used longer strips, just trim off the excess – make sure you use enough adhesive to secure the strips to the printer paper.  You really don’t want them coming loose inside your printer.  Put the paper with strips attached thru your printer to print the PDF on the strips. When you get done you will have a set of five “petals” on each strip, printed on the back of a patterned paper that coordinates.

Now peel off one strip and punch out the five petals. Position the punch so the top curve is just above the text arc.

To create the petals you just fold over one side (and I placed a bar at the bottom centre – if you fold the first side in along a line just past the letter to about the midline of the bar, then fold the other side over you should get 5 petals that fit nicely together when you stick them.  But there is likely to be a bit of difference between them as the text bits are different lengths.  So you may need to scootch your fold a smidge one way or the other.

Get another circle – and as you will see this can be a scrap and quite small or bigger and coordinating, as you prefer. Start sticking the petals to the circle and with luck and good folds they will meet up perfectly.

Top them with whatever you like – a button here, but yesterday a lovely big Prima.  And I made a lot of them in different ways.

With the plain black and brown versions, you can  print them on plain paper and then attach that to the back of any paper or card you like (and I did that with the brown one) then punch.   You can print them on a wider range of papers then add any extra  colour by adding a punched circle to the empty circle on the print-out. And they look good printed on cream card as well as white. See?

And you can also print the brown and black on light coloured card or paper – the coloured ones I think you would have to try to see if you like them.   And a smaller circle works too if you don’t have a punch the exact size of the circle.

You can see on this one my folds were a little too tight and there is a bigger gap between the petals than I would like.  I would re-fold that one to open it out a smidge.

I’ll be adding this to the printables page in the top menu and there is a YouTube video/slideshow as well, but the only thing you will see different there is maybe a few more close-ups of some of the flowers. I’ll probably add that tomorrow but I have to do this first so I can link to the printables and this post is already monstrous!

I’m also hoping to get the spacing right with a pretty font that is readable in the very small size to do a set of more scripty ones.  If so, I think I would possibly dispense with the coloured versions (although the coloured text does look cute, it’s so hard to get something that works with papers people have.  Brown and Black are pretty sure to work with most things!

Any suggestions as to words? I have: hey baby (boy and girl colours and in the black/brown sets one is replaced with handsome), adorable, sweetie and love you

I thought be mine might work and maybe valentine as that will be upon us before we know it.

37 thoughts on “Simple folded paper dahlias using printables

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  2. These look so sweet 🙂 thank you for sharing them and giving out the downloads.

  3. Greetings, Your work is so sweet! Very cute. And although its easy, I’ve spent 3 hours trying to get the petals right. Your instructions and pictures are very helpful. Thank you. peace

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  5. These are lovely x thanks for sharing x Leigh x

  6. These are gorgeous. How do you come up with this stuff? Creative genius. Thank you!

  7. so beautiful flowers……amazing….. thank you for sharing them with us.

  8. Wow I have to say these are fabulous! Loving the way you have finished the flowers off and the different wordings you have chosen already. My mind’s a bit blank right now, but I bet with some thought you could make a phrase that runs around the five petals instead of just one word repeated. (eg sending you lots of love for your future).

    • Now that’s an idea! Love it. But the word spacing IS tricky, fer sure. And the punching has to be right – too much space over the word and the petals won’t fit! I would have to consider making the words smaller to be sure, and trust people will fold them at a 72 degree angle… I may have to look at the template idea more seriously 🙂

      Cheers, m’dear.


  9. Thank you for sharing these with everyone. I am trying to get some of my mojo back but it seems like it just keeps getting further and further away. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    gettin’ inky…

  10. I have made these folded dahlias before but adding text to the petals is pure genius! Love it, I’m back in dahlia making mode now. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love you flowers…I´ll feature on my blog
    hope you don´t mind
    hugs from Brazil

  12. These are goregous MaryAnne. Thanks for sharing the instructions.
    C xx

  13. great! Thanks for sharing

  14. Thank you so much for this tutorial and the accompanying PDF files – these are incredibly awesome!

  15. This is a really great project and your tutorial is so nice and easy to follow. Must try a couple of these. They look so elegant in the different papers. I think since I don’t have a punch perhaps I could get them to cut on the Cricut. Just thinking………….

  16. Nice idea. You might try simple words like thanks, get well, hello, 4 you, “b” happy. Those are a few I can think of and ones I use on my cards quite often. I am going to have to try one of these. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yes, I have the set I am working on that includes love and marriage, congrats, baby boy and baby girl, thank you and get well. For You would work but hello might be too short, depends on the font.

      But thanks for the suggestions and I’ll keep them in mind!


  17. lovely, will try this and maybe a text for some who’s ill?

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  19. These are gorgeous. So lovely of you to share and go to all the trouble of even looking for a different font and colours.

  20. Tese are gorgeous MaryAnne. Tanks for sharing

  21. I love these – thanks for sharing. Your blog has so many fab ideas and instructions that I could spend hours just looking (when of course I should be spending those hours actually doing!).

  22. Fabulous, going to have a play with some of these tonight!

  23. Jeepers I forgot to ask How’s Your back?? have you started some form of streaching?
    You must first be cleared by Your physician, then gentle walks, but streach 1st, you would B surprise how proper streaching B4 even a walk is VERY IMPORTANT! No foolin..then you can start with a few good-old fashion exercises.

  24. Jeepers Creepers! I must admit that back sometime ago I found Ur’sall Blog, I signed-up, but could
    not figure out the getting in or final sign-up’s. Thus I had see that You hada very gentel way of answering a response to someone’s question. I don’t recal what it was just that u didn’t make fun of them cause they didn’t know,…Your response was BEAUTTTIful:)
    Thus I’ve missed being here. Do you supose you mightbe able to EXPLN WHAT Is…PNG, JPG??
    PDF SVG and what does WWYWW mean?? PLEASE REply

    • PNG and JPG are image formats – it’s complicated and you really don’t need to know much more than JPGs are usually for printing (on my blog anyway) and PNGs are bigger files, often with a transparent backgound, more for use with digital scrapbooking.

      PDFs here can be for printing if they are what I call PRINTABLES or for printing or saving to view on your computer if they are project instructions.

      SVGs are a format that you can cut on some die cut machines like the Cricut and Craft Robo.

      WOYWW is What’s on your workdesk wednesday and you can see more by clicking the link to Julia in any WOYWW post.

      No offense but I am as yet unsure if you are a real person or a bot 🙂

  25. these are fabulous – deffo making some of these! who needs flower shoppe on the cricut?!

  26. Jeepers Creepers, Wowza! yup it;’s amazing what one can make with a circle, and another and another,…and another WOW!!! Now place them on a stick at various heights in a vase. clay po
    soda bottle, or use just a a card closure, CAN you see these made of cloth or FELT for a…YOUR
    CREATIVE CIRCLE IS BORN can you see it’s growth! I bet if/when folks send you their creations
    You too R amazed @ it’s growth. How satisfying to know that what you have started…BGY

  27. Great flowers and even easier with double sided paper. You could make a triangular template in card to help get the folds in just the right place.

    • Indeed you could! I am so math challenged 🙂 I’m guessing that has to be 360degrees for the circle/5 petals for a 72 degree angle? Hummm. not sure about that But I bet I can find the right angle then add it to the PDF so people can print it then cut the angle and make the folds. Fab.

      The double sided paper works only if one side is sort of solid and light, which I mention further down with the last flower – one side is pale pink. Anything too fussy or too dark and the print won’t work, even with the black only and brown only versions.

      I love my commenters 😀

      Mary Anne

    • Actually that does seem to be the right calculation, I just need a protractor to draw the angle. Or I can print and cut this

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