It’s no secret that peonies are one of my favorite flowers.
I have an entire section of my yard dedicated to my peony garden, which I’ve been cultivating for almost 20 years now. All of my peonies came from one vintage peony shrub, which is the reason why I love peonies so much…they multiply beautifully! And, IMHO, there is no such thing as TOO many peonies!
Every spring I watch them grow and bud. I even take little side bets on when they are finally going to bloom. And when they bloom? Watch out! It seems they all wait to bloom at once and then BOOM! It’s Heaven on Earth in my garden for two weeks!
Waiting for my real peonies to bloom in May can be pretty tiresome! Sometimes I just can’t wait to revel in their exquisite beauty. I’m impatient, I know.
To help me get through until flowering time, I’ve done the next best thing, IMHO: I’ve replicated them using my trusty Cricut Explore!
I’ve actually done two different versions of paper peonies. I am going to show you one today and the other tomorrow.
Today’s peony–which is featured at the top of this post–comes from a company called Dreaming Tree. What’s nice about this peony is is that is absolutely HUGE!
Since the file is for personal use only and does cost a few dollars, I can’t share it with you. But I will do the next best thing and point you in the direction of it, so here you go: 3D SVG/Dreaming Tree Peony Gift Box
And here is what the completed box looks like!
The thing I really like about the Dreaming Tree Peony Box is how BIG the peony flower is! It’s deliciously giant and really steals the show. But if you buy the file, you will see it comes with a gorgeous and functional gift box, too. The completed project makes a wonderful project for a shut in or someone in the hospital, because it can be used AND admired.
Note: Because we are talking about peonies today, I am just focus on the flower on top of the box. But if you want to complete the entire project, be sure to watch Leo’s helpful assembly video!
For the actual peony flower, you will be cutting out five flower flower layers in two different colors, three leaves and the stamen. Before you cut, be sure you attach the dashed score lines to the petals and leaves, because you need them for guides.
Once cut, you have to bend each petal at the score lines and then–using a pencil–“train” the petals so they curl upwards. For me the pencil works well, but use what you have. Curl the petals well, because they are difficult to curl once layered.
It’s important to note that Leo from Dreaming Tree also inks his flower petals, which is a very nice touch. I myself don’t “do” ink, because I make a dramatic mess of it, but if you are better with the ink than I am, I say “go for it”! But inking or not, I like that this file allows you to cut the flower layers in two different colors so you don’t have to ink if you don’t want to.
Once curled to your desire, layer each petal piece in order of size, attaching them with glue.
I like to glue each layer off center, so it creates an illusion of fullness to the flowers, as shown here in the picture:
After layering and gluing each petal piece, roll the stamen tightly–you can use a quilling tool for this–and glue the outside end so it stays tight. When the stamen is secure, put glue on the bottom of it and place it inside the blossom. Depending on the glue you choose, you may need to hold it for a bit while it catches hold.
There are four leaf pieces. The three fronds should be bent and then glued together to form a Y shape. When secured, glue it to the bottom of your blossom. Then follow up with the smaller piece. If you are using the peony without the box, the small three petal leaf makes a nice finishing touch, but I don’t find it necessary if you are going to place the finished flower on the box.
And here is the finished peony blossom! Isn’t it beautiful?
Another view of the peony blossom–with some of the gift box showing.
If you didn’t want to make the box, the holes in the flower layers and the hole in the bottom leaf are big enough to hold a stem.
If you try this pattern, can you let Leo and the team over at Dreaming Tree know you found out about it from me, please? I think he would be pleased to know.
Thanks for stopping by today and look for the second post, when I show you how to make a stemmed peony from a Cricut file.