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Paper Carnation – Rolled and Ruffled Petals

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Learn how to roll a paper carnation with ruffled petals. Free SVG cut file at https://jennifermaker.com/rolled-paper-carnation-tutorial-free-svg-files/

This video who’s the entire carnation making process, step by step, including how to color and shape the petals before you roll it. Directions on creating and attaching the wire stem are also included.

MATERIALS LIST (contains my affiliate links):

– Pattern (both the petal/sepal outline and the cut files are available free in my Resource Library — https://jennifermaker.com/resource-library/).

Paper (you can use regular paper or card stock, white or colored, plain, printed, or painted) — for the pink carnation you see here, I used regular pink cardstock https://www.amazon.com/ColorBok-73473A-Smooth-Cardstock-Promenade/dp/B01KI4E4WM/?tag=jennifer00e-20

-Scissors or a cutting machine, such as a Cricut Explore Air 2 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GSOMVRG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01GSOMVRG&linkCode=as2&tag=jennifer00e-20&linkId=0c14022cc11c49679e1e0154f80d1008

– Quilling tool https://www.amazon.com/Cricut-2003389-Paper-Crafting-Set/dp/B01EUSYE4K/?tag=jennifer00e-20

-Long-nose pliers

-Glue (I used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue) or hot glue https://www.amazon.com/Aleenes-Original-Tacky-Glue-16-Ounce/dp/B0084DC3KA/?tag=jennifer00e-20

-Markers to compliment your carnation color (I used a pink Crayola marker)

-Florist stem wire

NOTE: Cricut Design Space updated after I made this video. To see those updates and make the necessary changes for this tutorial, please watch https://youtu.be/jVpzDmz5ago

UPDATES/CHANGES: Check for any updates, changes, or additional videos for this project at https://jennifermaker.com/updates


Step 1: Cut out the petal and sepal pattern using my outline or cut files. Both are available in my Resource Library. You can use scissors, but I used a Cricut cutting machine. (Love that thing!) On the Cricut, I cut the petals out at 8″ wide by 9″ high, and the sepal is cut at 3″ wide.

Step 2: Now use your coordinating marker to color BOTH sides of the petals. This is really a scribble, but it’s a scribble with intent! I am mimicking the pattern I see in this carnation petal. But I do it pretty quickly and rather inartistically. I like the random, wild nature of it. But you can do whatever strikes your fancy!

Step 3: Now it’s time to ruffle those petals. I used my long-nose pliers to grab onto the petals and twist the paper. I do this several times on each petal, in different places, to achieve the look.

Step 4: Once the petals are all ruffled, it’s time to roll up your carnation. If you did the rolled peony and rolled rose, you’ll find this to be a little more challenging — the ruffled petals are less cooperative about being rolled up. But it’s definitely doable. Just go a little slower and tuck in wayward petals when necessary.

Step 5: Once your carnation is rolled up, fold up the circle on the bottom, dab some glue on it, and press it against the bottom of your flower. I like to press on the petals as I hold it to dry to ensure as many petals get glued down as possible.

Step 6: Once your flower is mostly dry, it’s time to ruffle those petals a little more. Some of the petals will be too close together — use your pliers to curl and ruffle the petals more to separate them and fluff out the flower.

Step 7: Now let’s make the sepal. Take your cut-out sepal shape, orient it as you see below, and begin rolling it from the shorter vertical strip. It will roll into a cone shape as you go.

Step 8: Once the sepal is rolled up, fold down the petals and arrange the cone in the size/shape you want (I opened it up a little). Then glue the cone down and the end of the petal strip.

Step 9: It’s time to attach the stem and sepal to the flower. Put a generous amount of glue inside the sepal, then place your flower into it. Hold it a full minute (with some pressure) until it is dry enough.

Voila! You have a pretty paper carnation!

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