You can make a giant paper sunflower SVG with these easy step by step instructions plus FREE SVG file. These giant sunflowers (in FIVE sizes!) make for the perfect addition to your fall party or Thanksgiving! Perfect for backdrops, centerpieces or just a splash of autumnal color these giant paper flowers are sure to impress. You can either trace the template and cut them out by hand, or use the SVG files with your preferred cutting machine. The Jumbo is 30″ in diameter, the large is 25″ in diameter, the medium is 20 inches in diameter, and the small is 15″ in diameter and the extra small is 10″ in diameter.
For this project you will need:
Fleece Fun’s free files (available at the end of the post)
12 by 12 card stock (For the jumbo it’s 26 of the yellow and 6 of the craft, Large is 19 of the yellow and 5 craft, for the medium it’s 11 of the yellow and 4 of the craft, for the small it’s 10 of the yellow and 3 of the craft paper and for the extra small it’s 6 of the yellow and 3 craft paper.)
Cutting machine (like a Cricut Maker)
Glue gun and a LOT of gluesticks
Large wooden spoon or thin rolling pin.
Makes for a fun photo wall or zoom call wall!
Giant Sunflower DIY (FREE SVG files & PDF Template) Instructions:
Step 1 – Cut out the Paper Sunflower Elements
Decide on the size of sunflower that you want to make. You can make a large that is 25″ in diameter, a Medium that is 20″ in diameter or a small that is 10″ in diameter. Using either the template or the SVG file cut out all the elements. There are 4 layers to the sunflower – each with it’s own center with spokes and petals. Layer 1 has 11 petals, layer 2 has 10 petals and layers 3 and 4 have 12 petals each. The seeded center is the longest part of the making the giant sunflower!
Step 2 – Begin Making the Petals to the Giant Paper Flower
Organizing is key in success with this project.
There are different sizes and shapes of petals keep all the same shaped/ sizes petals together in piles. In SVG there is a single petal for each layer that has a number that coordinates with the circle center to help you organize them.
Let’s start wit the larges layer that is the bottom of the flower (4) and work out way to the top layer (1).
You’ll notice that all of the petals have a slit in them. To give the layers a more three dimensional look – at the bottom slide one end over the other.
Don’t slide the bottom edges past each other.
One of have an idea of how it comes together, hot glue one side and
fold it over. Repeat with all the petals.
The petals in layer 4 and 2 are all symmetrical.
But on other layers 3 and 1 they aren’t. Keep this in mind then you’re putting them together – the goal is to “mirror” the petals to allow some variation in the look of the flower. Try to have the front of the petals vary in direction – this will make more sense as we put the flower together. Keep the like petals together in piles.
Step 3 – Begin Making the Layers to the Sunflower
Each little spoke on the center circle is for a petal. Glue each petal to a spoke.
Until you have a full layer.
No it’s time to give just a little more personality and dimension to the flower. with a large wooden spoon or small rolling pin, curl the petals.
Hold the bottom of the petal – so you don’t tear it off the circle and wrap the end around the wooden soon and curl ( this is similar to curling ribbon with scissors). Repeat with all the petals and set the layer aside.
Now put together layer three – see how the petal shapes mirror every other time for some variation? Be sure to pay attention and do this as you glue the layer down.
Curl layer 3 and set aside.
Glue together layer 2 and curl the petals.
And finally repeat these steps with layer 1. Note with layer 1 since three are 11 petals – they won’t mirror perfectly.
Step 4 – Make the Giant Sunflower Center
Take the brown center and the “seed” strips.
Starting with the OUTSIDE of the circle glue down one long side of the strip
then bend it over gently and glue down the other side.
Continue to ad a strip and then glue down the other side.
Use you fingers to get the paper to have a more rounded look at the top. Continue in this method, spiraling all the way to the center. Depending on how tightly us spiral the “seed” strips, you might need to cut more.
Step 5 – Bring the Sunflower Together
Now the fun really begins it’s time to bring this amazing flower together!
Starting with layer 4 on the bottom, add layer three, then two, then one. DON’T glue them down first!!! Bring them all together so you can turn and shift them and have the petals spread how you like. Once you are happy with the result, then hot glue the layers together. And finally hot glue the center of the flower into place.
Once that is done and the glue has cooled, flip the flower over the glue the large yellow circle into place. You can also replace this circle with cardboard if you want the flower to be more sturdy.
That’s it you just completed the giant paper sunflower DIY!
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