I just got done making a whole bunch of paper flowers with my Cricut. I learned a thing or two and would like to share my tips with you. (This post may contain affiliate links)
Tips for Making Paper Flowers with a Cricut
Peonies are one of my favorite flowers. I planted two bushes behind my deck and when they bloomed last year for the first time the blooms were gone in a day! I had no idea that they were so fragile. One good windy rainstorm and poof, they were done. I was so disappointed. I’m going to remember that this year and cut them before they bloom and bring them inside so I can enjoy them for a few days anyway!
Well there’s another way to keep the pretty look of peonies around a lot longer. Make them with paper! I know. It’s not exactly the same thing but these are really pretty! Take a look:
I actually used two peony cut files from Cricut Design Space. I like them both! I used pink cardstock for the petals and a patterned paper from the Cricut Divine Peonies Delux Paper pack. (and it’s 50% off right now!)
As I said, I made quite a few flowers so I learned a few things that I’d like to share with you.
Tip #1: For small delicate cuts like these stamen, adjust the pressure
With the Cricut Maker, when you set your material, you have the chance to adjust the pressure. In this case, less is more ; )
Tip #2: Use good quality card stock
Tip #3: Remove cut shapes from the mat with the spatula tool
This little tool is worth its weight in gold! The spatula comes in the Basic Tool Set.
Tip #4: Replace dull blade
Delicate cuts require a sharp blade. Always keep replacement blades in stock.
Tip #5: Use a curling tool
I love the Crease & Curl Tool by Sizzix. You can get it at Michaels. This tool was invaluable for curling the ends of the petals. But you can also use your fingers.
Tip #6: Use a good quality paper glue
Tip #6: Adjust the size of the cutting files for your needs and get rid of elements you don’t want
In other words, customize the cutting files. I used leaves from one file and deleted the others. There were petals in one file that I didn’t like so I hid them using the “Contour” button. I preferred the stamen in one file and not the other.
“before yellow stamen”
With the yellow stamen.
Here’s a quick video showing how I made the peonies.
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