Last year I did a post on making this paper peony from the Cricut Access image set called 3D Floral Home Decor, which–if I am not mistaken–was originally designed by Lia Griffith. I have loved this cartridge from the day it was launched, and I’ve made many beautiful dimensional flowers from it.
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’ve done a couple of posts about making paper peonies before, because I absolutely adore peonies and my natural ones never last long enough for me. One of my posts centered around this particular peony from the 3D Floral Home Decor cartridge, but it wasn’t very flattering. That’s because–at that time–the file was awkward to use, which made it frustrating to me.
The original file was grouped together in such a way that it was nearly impossible to cut the file as laid out. You really had to manipulate the file a *lot* to get it to the size of a large peony and it was SOOO frustrating to work with!
Well, I am happy to report that someone somewhere in the Cricut-iverse must have heard my laments, because the file has been reworked and now it is a dream to work with!
The newly adjusted file makes a super huge and marvelous paper peony without having to chop up the original file to fit on a page. So, I don’t know who was responsible for this change–Anna Rose, maybe? Karley? I don’t know–but, thank you! My life is infinitely better for this change!
For today’s Cricut Access Challenge, we will be re-making this gorgeously oversized peony, which you can either place on a stem or use on top of a decoration or even mount on your wall as a reminder that “Hope springs eternal!”
Let’s get started!
When you open this file, you will notice that the flower consists of three distinct flower petals that are duplicated. So to cut *one* flower, you are going to need 6 sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper in some shade of pink. Plus yellow for the stamens and green for the leaves.
You *can* make these smaller, but honestly I wouldn’t recommend it. They are so gorgeous when they are cut this size.
Hint: To add more realism to your peony, you may want to make the inner petals a paler shade of pink than the middle and outer petals.
Once you have all your petals cut out, you are going to work the petals with a bone folder. This is a very useful tool for working with paper and can be found at any arts & crafts store. This is what mine looks like.
If you can’t find a bone folder, don’t despair. You can also use the edge of a ruler or even the blades of a pair of scissors.
Work the individual petals so they gently bend inward. When you get to the middle petal layers, you need to glue at the tab. The innermost petal layer needs more glue as you fold the edges into themselves.
Once you have worked all the petals, you will stack them and either glue each layer to the next OR–if you are using a stem, you will want to punch a hole in the center or each petal layer and stack them on the stem. Then affix the stamen to the top of the stem head to hide it! Pretty neat!
For this flower, I put it on a stem.
The stem I used is from We R Memory Keepers and they work very nicely. I do hope you can find them, but if you can’t you could always fashion a stem with floral wire or skip the stem entirely!
These peonies will be an excellent addition to a floral backdrop for a wedding or shower, don’t you think?
Here’s the Pinterest pin for this project: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273030796146064756/
And here’s the Design Space file: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/124441197
If you try making these beauties, let me know how you make out, okay?
“Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”
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