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Paper Cherry Blossoms with Your Cricut

Cherry Blossom Wreath
So what if Cherry Blossoms aren’t normally seen on wreaths! That’s the beauty of paper flower making!

February is usually the snowiest month here in New England, which generally leaves me praying for the first signs of Spring with every new day.  I’ve long given up hope on the Groundhog’s promise of an early Spring. Instead I just hold on to the notion that “Hope Springs Eternal” and jazz up my home with all the Spring flowers I can think of.  One of the first ones for me is the cheery Cherry Blossom.

Cherry Blossoms are easy to make and will quickly liven up your home with tiny shocks of pink from the palest blush to the brightest hot pinks.  And because we are not Mother Nature, we are only confined to the limits of our imagination!  How about some purple cherry blossoms?  Or maybe some patterned paper ones?  Whatever you decide, a paper cherry blossom can adorn a quick note card, a wreath (why not?) or even a bare branch from your garden.

Paper Cherry Blossom
Paper Cherry Blossom adorning a notecard

 

My cherry blossom pattern comes from a FREE design in Design Space entitled “Cherry Blossom Tree”.  Find it quick by searching for “cherry blossom” in the Images section.  Here’s a photo to help guide you:

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Design Space Search Results for “Cherry Blossom” produces over 200 images. The image we are using is the first one.

 

I happen to like my cherry blossoms full, so the first thing I do is Ungroup the file and Duplicate the flower portion so that each of my blossoms has two petal layers. To be honest, sometimes I will duplicate the yellow stamen, because it is so intricate and I have a tendency of ripping them when I remove them from my mat, but that’s up to you.

Duplicating the Petals
Duplicating the petal piece will create fullness in your blossom

 

For variety, I like to use a few different colors and sizes for a bigger cherry blossom project. This is easy to achieve by grouping your blossom again and duplicating the file. After duplicating the file you can manipulate the size and petal leaves. Try blush, white or mauve colors and you’ll then have four different blossoms to work with.

Varying the size the color of blossoms
Creating multiple blossoms in slightly different colors and sizes

 

After cutting and removing all your cuts from the cutting mat, head over to your work area with the cuttings, a shaping tool, some glue and foam dots and some different sized pearl buttons. Using your shaping tool, you want to carefully crease each petal to give it some shape. The leaves also will be creased this way. The stamens can be carefully bent to give them more texture, too. Once you’ve completed all the shaping, all that is left is assembly.

 

To give the blossoms more fullness, I like to use foam dots between the two petal layers and also adhere them together slightly askew.  After adhering the petal layer, use white glue to place the stamen inside the blossom. When dry, place an appropriately sized pearl inside. Depending on your pearls, you may want to glue these.

 

And finally, flip your blossom over and affix the leaf to the back. Allow the glue to dry before flipping them back over.img_7606

 

And viola! Your blossoms are now ready to adorn any project.

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I hope you try to make these super simple Cherry Blossoms.  Hurry back for more paper projects including future projects for making Paper Peonies, Hydrangeas and Daffodils!

 

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Paper Gerbera Daisy With Your Cricut

I’m back with some more tutorials for making Paper Flowers with Your Cricut!

My other tutorials Making Paper Flowers with Cricut and More On Making Paper Flowers with the Cricut

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Two completed paper Gerbera Daisies cut on the Cricut Explore Air 2

have been huge hits on my blog for the last few years, so I am assuming you all would like more ideas on how to make everlasting flowers with your Cricut machines.

Today I am going to show you how to make a relatively easy and perennial favorite, the Gerber Daisy!

There are many flower files, but honestly the best flower files can be found right in Cricut Access.  Check out this wonderful cartridge, which (I believe) was designed by Lia Griffith–a practical master of paper flowers!  The cartridge can be found when you go to Images and choose Cartridges (see below), which will list all the cartridges available.  Scroll on down to 3D Floral Home Decor and choose “View all 48 Images” to the right:

Cricut Access Cartridge Search
Searching Cricut Access for specific cartridge/image sets

 

Here’s what you will see when you click “View all 48 images”:

3D Floral Home Decor
View of what you see when you choose “View All Images” in a specific Cartridge/Image Set

 

To find the Gerber Daisy file, scroll down a bit; see it there on the bottom left?  Click on it and insert it into your canvas:

Image Listing of 3D Floral Home Decor
Page two of image listing from 3D Floral Home Decor

 

Now, when you get it to your blank canvas, you will notice the file is grouped together.  This is because you may want to resize your flower, but you have to make sure all of the parts of the file are resized proportionately.

Gerbera Daisy file in Design Space
Screenshot of inserted, grouped file for a Gerbera Daisy

I have difficulty resizing my flowers (or other files) to the size I want when they are grouped together.  Perhaps you will not.  But, if you are like me, you can use this little trick I always use.

First Ungroup the file and then stack all the parts of the file on top of each other.  Then either Group them again or just select them ALL (that’s the important part) and resize them.  (That’s a cool feature you may not be aware of…you can temporarily group pieces together so that they can be resized proportionately!  Isn’t that great?)

Here is the grouped file:

Resizing Gerbera Daisy file in Design Space
Snapshot of how to resize a Gerbera Daisy file in Design Space

Here is the Ungrouped file with all the pieces stacked together:

Ungrouping a Grouped file
Snapshot of how to resize a Gerbera Daisy file in Design Space

And here is the enlarged flower:

Enlarged Gerbera Daisy file
Enlarged Gerbera Daisy file

 

Use this technique if you have trouble imagining the size of your image.

Now it’s time to cut your flower parts out.

You have a choice (of course!) in the material you use to cut out flowers and that choice does matter.  Thankfully the Cricut can handle just about anything you can dish out–card stock, vellum, text weight paper, poster board and even crepe and tissue papers!  I’ve always used card stock or thinner paper like text weight, but I have noticed Lia Griffin using a lot of crepe and tissue paper and I think I might give those a try soon.

For this project, I think I will cut out my Gerber Daisy in card stock and Cricut’s Pearl Paper, which is thinner than card stock and also has a bit of a sheen to it.  I will show you pictures of both, so you can decide for yourself which one you like.

Oh! And don’t forget about patterned paper!  Patterned paper is really fun–especially the double sided kind–and I will be devoting an entire post about pattern paper options as soon as my recent paper purchases arrive.

And here’s a a screen shot showing how my Cricut has laid each mat out by color and of cutting:

Cutting a multi-colored file on separate mats
Snapshot of Mat 1 of 3 of our Gerbera Daisy

Once all your pieces are cut, it’s important to remember to remove them from your mat carefully or you might rip one of the layers, like I did! Oops!

Oops!  Be sure to remove your pieces carefully or they will rip!
Torn pieces of Gerbera Daisy

Take all your carefully removed pieces, grab your glue and head to your work table to assemble the flower.  The Gerber Daisy project has little tab cut outs on each of the flower leaves and also on the green leaves.  Gluing the tabs on each of the pieces are going to give your flower its 3D feel and make it more like a real flower.

Glued tabs of Gerbera Daisy file
Tabs glued on each piece of the Gerbera Daisy

Once the glue is set on each tab, you will then stack them by order of size and attach the pieces together with glue or, in some cases, foam dots.  It’s helpful to look at a picture of a real flower when assembling any paper flower.

So what do you do with a completed flower?  Well, you’ve got a few options.

If you want to use it in a bouquet, you can attach a stem.  I’m not sure if they are still available, but I purchased a bunch of cool stem packs from We R Memory Keepers at Michael’s a while back.

If using for a wreath, no stem is needed, but you may need to make more in different colors to fill your wreath.

I’ve also seen paper flowers being used in some pretty unique home decor projects, such as topiaries and shadowboxes.

So essentially it’s up to you what you want to do with your completed flower.  I hope you have a blast making these and come back again soon…other flowers to come!

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More On Making Paper Flowers with the Cricut

Thank you to all who read, shared and commented on my original post: Making Paper Flowers with the Cricut!  I was very excited to see such a lovely response.

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Today I wanted to add to the original post with a few notes and pictures.  

I went back to the Flower Shoppe cartridge and found all the spiral flowers, so I could cut them out and show you what the final result of each spiral will be.  I also wanted to mention that the spirals seem to produce a lovely sized flower when cut at about 3 or 3.5″ size.  

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And now…here is my gallery showing what kind of flower each spiral produces:

   
    
    
    
    
 
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Making Paper Flowers with Cricut

It must be the time of year, but it seems like everyone on our Facebook groups are wanting to try their hand at making flowers with their Cricut.  There are several different types of flowers that can be created with your Cricut.  Today I’m going to go over how to make the small quilled flowers like these:
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Quilling–sometimes also called paper filigree–is a very old folk art that involves taking thin strips of paper and rolling them, usually with the help of a quilling tool, into shapes, which are then shaped into decorative designs.  Our Cricut quilled flowers is the most basic form of quilling.

To make our Cricut quilled flowers you will need a quilling tool or craft tweezers, card stock, glue, your trusty Cricut and at least one basic shape from Cricut’s cartridge called Flower Shoppe.  For Cricut Access subscribers, the Flower Shoppe cartridge is free.  (If you are not an Access subscriber, but are interested in becoming one, please use my link to subscribe: Information about Cricut Access )

Step 1:  Log into Design Space and choose “Create A New Project” and then choose “Insert Images”.  Once in the Insert Images page, choose Cartridges for your search option and either search for the cartridge by name in the search box or scroll down and select it.

Grab one (or more) of the spiral images and bring it to your mat.  You’ll notice that the size of the spirals is about 2.5″ which is a relatively good size to start with.  You can experiment with size later, of course.  In the following image, you can see I was able to cut 16 spirals from a 12″ x 12″ piece of card-stock.

Once you’ve cut out your spirals, you can remove the excess card-stock and your mat should look like mine.

You then want to carefully remove your spirals from the mat trying not to tear them (it takes practice).

Until you get the hang of rolling the spirals, I would suggest that you not use your “super special” paper,  but still use good heavy cardstock.  Using thinner paper proves difficult. It helps to remember that if you are using paper without a solid core, the edges are going to be white.

Once you’ve removed your spirals, get your quilling tool and glue.  The tool is specially designed with a slit in the tip, which is where you put the end of your paper.  In the case of these cut outs, you will put the outside edge of the spirals.  Once secured in the slit, start to slowly turn the tool with one hand while using the other hand to guide the paper and hold the tension.  My images don’t show my other hand, because you wouldn’t be able to see what I am doing although you can see I am holding the paper with my finger in the middle image.  Continue rolling the spiral, keeping your tension the same throughout. When you get to the end–which is the middle of the spiral–guide the flower off the tool holding securely and glue the bottom to the spiral.  I use regular white glue, but you could also use a glue gun for faster adhering (I avoid glue guns when I can!).  If using the white glue, you will have to hold the flower for a minute or so until it is secured.

Once you’ve mastered the rolling and gluing, you can experiment with different sizes, images or colors.  The tension is up to you…some people like them a bit loose and others like them tight.  But, really, that is all there is to it.  Be prepared to make a LOT of them if you have a specific project in mind.  The flowers don’t take up much room on a wreath.

Seriously…that’s it!  I hope you will try making these little quilled flowers.  They are lots of fun and can be used in so many projects.

As always, I’d love to hear what you think or see what you’ve made, so be sure to leave a comment.  You are welcome to share all or part of my post with other Cricut crafters as long as you credit me.  Also, please note that any links to Cricut may result in a commission through the Cricut affiliate program.DSCN0232