These paper spider mums are a pretty addition to wedding receptions and bridal showers. If you have a craft cutter like a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore, the paper flowers are super easy to make. To get started, download the template.
- Using your Silhouette or Cricut Explore craft cutter, cut all six strips of petals for the flower from lightweight card stock or text weight paper. If you use the Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Designer Edition software, use the SVG file. If you have Silhouette Studio Basic Edition, use the DXF file. If you're new to using SVG files types with Cricut Design Space, see this how-to video on YouTube for instructions on uploading the file.
- Add color to one side of the smallest petals using your favorite medium. A stamp pad (as used in the example) or pastels both work well.
- Curve the petals by rubbing the petals on the edge of a table with a sharp corner. Alternatively, use closed scissor blades or a bone folder to gently pull and curve the petals — much like curling gift ribbon.
- Starting with the smallest end of the smallest petal set, add a thin stripe of glue to the bottom band. Roll the strip, color side out, so that the curve faces in and forms a bud. Optional: If you're using the flowers in a project that requires the flower to be on a pick, such as a wreath, roll the strip onto the end of a toothpick or short skewer.
- Add progressively larger strips of petals, each time starting with the smallest end of the strip.
- Once all the petals have been rolled, slide your finger behind sections of petals and fold them down. Continue until you reach the center of the flower and leave the smallest petals unfolded to form the center.
- Using your closed scissors or bone folder, curl a few random outer petals down.
Download the SVG and DXF cutting files to use with your Cricut Explore or Silhouette craft cutter.
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