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spiky dahliaWho doesn't love flowers? This spiky dahlia welcomes spring into your home and lasts so much longer than real flowers! It takes one sheet of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper to make one dahlia (minus the leaves)

 

 

 

spiky dahlia vase

 

Supplies:

  • One sheet 12 x 12 scrapbook paper of your choice to make the flower head
  • One sheet of green scrapbook paper for leaves.
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Scissors
  • Fast drying tacky glue
  • Embossing tool

Instructions:

  1. Download the spiky dahlia template.



  2. Follow the template and cut out the specified amount of petals and leaves.
  3. Glue a 12 inch piece of floral wire to each paper petal with a fast drying tacky gluepetal1




  4. After the petal is dry and the wire is securely attached, wrap the bottom corners of the petal around the wire and then wrap with floral tape.petal2

  5. Repeat with each petal



  6. Gather the small petals together in a bunch, each petal facing inward, and wrap this bunch with floral tape.



  7. Start arranging middle size petals around the small petals as in photo, and wrap with floral tape.



  8. Repeat with large petals on bottom row.



  9. Wrap all the floral wires with green floral tape to make the stem of the flower.



  10. Attach leaf to stem with floral tape.



Voila! You now have the most beautiful paper flower. Place it in a vase and admire!

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