How to make a poppy flower with paper – tutorial and cutting files

I've been having way too much fun experimenting with my new Silhouette Cameo, making all kinds of paper flowers. So today I am going to share the cutting files and the instructions on how to make one of my favorite ones, a poppy flower =]

I actually made this one in red, orange and white, of all the flowers I made ended up being one of the easiest to assemble, and since with the Silhouette you can forget about the x-acto and the endless cutting, the assembly part is all that we have to worry about.

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The pattern is a PDF file, the link goes direclty to Dropbox, but you don't need an account to view it, you will need Abobe Reader or a similar program once the file is downloaded.




First you have to cut all the pieces for your flower, you will need 3 body pieces (all included in the downloadable file) and 3 center pieces (I set them in separate files because you want them in different paper colors) I actually tried to fit as many center pieces as I could in one page by just copy/pasting.

Using the embossing or fondant tool put pressure on the edges of the center piece, remember to use a cork tile or a soft surface, otherwise, if the card-stock is thick it will be hard to shape.

Once you are done with the out part, gently do a circular motion on the center, this will lift the edges without the need to fold them in.

For the petals, I actually just applied a lot of pressure on the center first and then move to the edges. if your paper looks like its going to rip, just fold the petal in half and then apply pressure on the rest of the petal. This happened to me with the first paper I tried and after folding it never happened again =]

Repeat for all the rest of the petals and also fold the petals inwards that way it will give them more volume before gluing everything together.

Assemble putting the small center piece first then the two bigger center pieces, then the small body of petals followed by the two big petals, make sure to rotate the petals so that the flower looks fuller. And you are done!!

I added some pieces of green napkins rolled at the ends to make it look like leafs =] I hope you guys enjoy and make sure to come back for more flower tutorials!

EDIT: Because you guys requested it so much I also added the PDF version of the files, EnJOY!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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About Joy

Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop

5 replies
  1. Liz O.
    Liz O. says:

    Beautiful poppies Joy! I wish I had a Silhouette!

    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Patti
    Patti says:

    Hi Joy! Thank you SO much for sharing this wonderful tutorial for the paper poppies. I have a Silhouette and cannot wait to make these. However I am unable to download your pattern for the body or the center. Would you please email them to me? And I think a PDF would be great, for those who don’t have a Silhouette, or would prefer to use the different method.
    Thanks so much for sharing your time and talent with us. You are one awesome girl!!!

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