Giant Book Page Dahlia Tutorial

How to make a giant paper dahlia wreath.
A photo tutorial.
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1Jc2FzLjPBJDuuEh0v1itVUOkfpqs0PNS
The Giant dahlia is a fun, easy, and rewarding project. The finished dahlia measures about 21” across and can be made from a verity of different papers. I show it here made from hymnal pages but any paper, of printer paper weight, will work. 

You will need:
•Lots of paper
•Cardboard 
•A small piece of wire
•Scissors 
•Hot glue
•3” foam ball (optional)

And let’s get started!

(This wreath is made in my original style not a copy of someone else’s creation. I would appreciate it if you only make these for personal use.  Thanks.)
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=19a8PtcEa1pwQyX3uJtHwydINVU63m73f
The inspiration! 
First step: 
We need to cut a 10” cardboard or chipboard circle. https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1pl4crrKfSUhUcBh2frnZWOt3GHOMyd6W
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1YiiO6tBOv4laTzqLba4P6qYdfShkVAwZ
And I find it easier to add a wire or bracket, on the back, now before all the paper petals get in the way. 
Second step: 
Cut out the petal patterns.... we need 6
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1QWK0VAvO8mSCFvoLQ7kRGpBwEx0ap_dN
Start buy cutting a basic petal shape using using the dimensions in the last photo. Don’t stress, Your petal doesn’t have to be exactly the same shape as mine. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1OOsos-2D-6KyDuZCjrD7HloqMYbiO2dt
Then cut each of the other patterns about 1/4” smaller than the last. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1GNmkCTM6AZkE8jPwfaSfEyk82sa1ra7N
There! 6 petal patterns in a progression of sizes. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1oUP5OAbA5_scqwAwTjie1mroVt13tUee
Third step: 
Cut out all those petals.  

I stack 4 pages together, fold them in half lengthwise slip the pattern over the folded paper and cut around the edge. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1cxNMrrnUv6O-mQ50-vjO9zFuylDIrRof
Now, I usually cut 4 petals out at a time meaning that I am actually cutting through 8 layers at once. You can cut out as many or as few petals at a time as you want. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=19GNqh0dP_Se8sdjqxCKxbswT-TTWF01Q
We need 16 large petals, then 16, 8, 8, 8, and just 3 of the smallest petals. 

Forth step: 
Assembling those tiers!

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1fWVfOI6tUOdAUuDwyuFBg5d7n27TpZL_
First tier:
Fold over the lower edges of each of the 16 largest petals, angling slightly outward.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1Lr97neqs4BXEd1FZ_bAHsFrukU3cezHO
Crease the folds 1”-1 1/2” up and glue them in place. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1cEA6nCulEO80L-ob9y2Yo-_5ZBW0m_dX
The folds should form a little triangle at the bottom of the petal, like so. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1sxa_aiZBXkkTsM7VvO65AlWw2FGspqjb
Play around with the angles of the folds to create wider and more narrow petals. I like to fold each of the petals slightly different. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1hqD60eQBLQTBp_0p63VtaReHSEo-Z507
Now, curl the petal tips back with the back of the scissors like curling a ribbon. Press the back of the scissors against the paper and pull. Don’t apply too much pressure or the paper will tear. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=15ZP5TMkv6OVJ9GPFUzTnti8IYQkMf2is
Should look something like this. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1fvwXQ6vCTmk9v2CTE8tU_puZWE4HpG3B
The first tier of petals gets glued to the circle with the ends about 2” in. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1s5WGyz2MWYRaMTDYWwDeyHzHx1COUbTP
Just put a quick zigzag of hot glue on the back of the petal and stick it down. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1GD9_Cm4sLb_uMYqXf89KfAB4ZboW7QQZ
First tier done!

Second tier: fold, glue, and curl the tips on the next 16 petals. Glue these petals down 1/2” closer to the center and in between the petals on the last tier. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1CWTBYosp83QjoNoo8V5pD-ogqojbhUyghttps://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=181kAoa9cK9gzbkvDOQD50RoO5-Gbk_2mhttps://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1NZxG1ZJtk4Cuko4Z_uysNUMySm2ywLqo
And that’s 2 tiers down!

Third tier: fold, glue, and curl the tips on the next 8 petals. Glue these petals down 1/2” closer to the center and in between every other petal on the second tier. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=13EBu29rLKLTHPW9dz4PeI9AJ-vPynN6Phttps://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1c_5UMd2By55gp-WSu1rJeHWYgWxILax4
And, there we go! I have jumped ahead and already started on the fourth tier!

Forth tier: fold, glue, and curl the tips on the next 8 petals. Glue these petals down 1/2” closer to the center and in between the petals on the last tier. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1UelBF_7GqBvrWDvgdAYNtUyH_PpiYq5Q
Awesome!

Fifth tier: fold, glue, and curl the tips on the last set of 8 petals. Glue these petals down 1/2” closer to the center and in between the petals on the 4th tier. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1t8iPVxzcR52-HTHAgH7seV3zuy1ECvzJhttps://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1rSQ21i__vSUTGCriOE_7JrjJwm6j6jgn
Almost there!

Sixth tier: (If you can even call it that) fold, glue, and curl the tips on the last 3 petals. Glue these petals down at random with the ends crossing over the center of the flower.
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=184jOJSOsIB5QIaOUyTPl_Yto2iGTKxJOhttps://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1nBXD-mY8e0Mmq2pjdd_rTx5KD7HSp4rX
Just like that!

Fifth step: 
The center!
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1wLvfD9X-948UgPIn9ax314S6bwJilIxs
Cut (4) 8” x 1/2” paper strips and glue them into rings with a 1/4” overlap. Use these 4 rings to make the globe for the center. (Ignore that fifth ring, that is just sitting there to confuse you.)

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=14DUSiDs_p4KJcMGR7hbcVTP2DKBfM-mS
Glue them all together and we have a globe! (If you would rather, use a 3” foam ball and skip this globe making.)

Now we need to cut out 16 spear shaped petals. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1qPT4nnhAA8bmNBPqXe0lw9WtDHqtzTVThttps://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1_gN4xCvYjF2Gqt29QFpIWkDitrGEWrzk
Pattern shape and dimensions are in the last photo. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1iqSx8_vT6fa9aiT4RLXXsW9lTH_CJBZJ
Glue the first 8 spear shaped petals around the globe/ball, so that the tips meet in the top center. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1ngp5F2LDXE5vGHnlIK5WQI9a7xMP8axZ
Glue the next 8 spear shaped petals, covering the seams of the previous 8. 

Some of these final petals are glued all the way down and others I leave sticking up a little. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1ANirl-o7-SmiPz-QzHc_AwD6r1u3StHN
Let’s glue this spiky ball down into the center of the Dahlia and we are DONE!!!

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1Ok8dF8KP5MDUL-pvazGjvGvvgF7q_3ff
Here Are the patterns. 
(Please note: Because this is a photo, it probably won’t print to the correct size.)

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1bvfyWEqgrGWY8IO71naqH0RxM0-jITiO
Enjoy and fill your home with big beautiful flowers! 

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