Easy and Pretty Paper Dahlia Flowers to Make with Kids

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You can make these gorgeous paper dahlia flowers in a few simple steps.

paper dahlia flowers for kids
How to make paper dahlia flowers. Katherine Lee

Looking for an easy craft to do with kids? These pretty paper dahlia flowers are so simple to make, you'll wanna create a bunch and use them to decorate your child's room or to put around the house the next time you're having a birthday party or other celebration. The best part: all you need is some colorful paper and tape, which means it's super budget-friendly as well as easy!

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You'll need just a few materials to make your paper dahlia flowers.

paper dahlia flowers materials
Materials to make paper dahlia flowers. Katherine Lee

To make your paper dahlias, you'll need just a few simple things:

  • colored paper (at least 10 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" paper for each large dahlia and 6 sheets each for the smaller dahlia)
  • card stock paper or cardboard (to make the base circles)
  • double-sided tape
  • scissors
  • round bowls or jars (to makeĀ 
  • pencil
  • paper trimmer (If you don't have a paper trimmer, you can just use scissors to make your squares; but paper trimmers are inexpensive, and will make the project go a lot faster.)

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Make the base for the paper dahlia flowers.

Cut out a circle for the paper dahlia flowers.
Make a base for the paper dahlia flowers. Katherine Lee

Begin by making the base for the dahlia flower. If you want a large flower, use bowl or jar with a diameter of 4 1/2" to trace a circle onto your card stock or cardboard base. Cut it out with scissors.

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Cut squares of paper to make the petals.

Cut paper for the dahlia flower.
Cut squares to make the petals for the paper dahlia flower. Katherine Lee

Using your scissors or a paper trimmer, cut out squares of paper to make the petals for the dahlia flower. For a large flower, cut squares that are 4" x 4". For a smaller flower, make squares that are 3" x 3".

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Make each square into a cone shape.

Shape each square into a petal for the dahlia flower.
Form a cone shape with each square of paper. Katherine Lee

Next, make the petals of the dahlia flower. Begin by putting a piece of double-stick tape along one side of the square as shown. Then curve the bottom corner as shown to form a cone.

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Your flower petal will look like this.

Petal for the paper dahlia flower.
Here is what your dahlia flower petal will look like. Katherine Lee

Press the sides together to seal the cone. Your dahlia petal will look like this when you are done.

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Make a bunch of petals at once.

Batch of petals for the paper dahlia flowers
Make a batch of petals. Katherine Lee

Make batches of petals at a time--kids will love making a long line of cones, and it will go fast once you get into a rhythm. (You'll need between 50 and 60 petals to make a large dahlia.)

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Tape petals onto the circle.

Dahlia flower petals on base.
Glue the petals onto the circle. Katherine Lee

Begin taping the paper cones onto the cardboard circle, flattening the bottom tip as you tape each "petal" down. Leave a bit of space between each cone as shown.

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Add another layer of petals.

Tape more cones to the circle.
Add more cones to the dahlia flower. Katherine Lee

Add another layer of petals to the paper dahlia flower, this time placing the petals on top of the empty spaces so that the petals are layered as shown. Remember to press down on the tips of the cones. (Kids will especially love this part--it's fun, and the results are fast and easy.)

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Add the next layer of petals.

Keep adding petals.
Add more cones to the dahlia flower. Katherine Lee

Add the next layer of petals to the dahlia flower.

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Finish the flower.

Finished paper dahlia flower
Add more petals to the paper dahlia flower. Katherine Lee

Continue adding petals until you have completely filled out the paper dahlia flower.

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Make a smaller dahlia flower.

smaller paper dahlia flower
You can make smaller dahlia flowers. Katherine Lee

To make a smaller dahlia paper flower, simply use a smaller square and circle. For my flower, I used a 3 1/2" circle for the base and made squares that were 3" x 3" to form the petals.

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Add more petals as before.

smaller paper dahlia flower
Add petals to the smaller dahlia flower. Katherine Lee

Keep adding petals to the smaller paper dahlia flower.

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Fill in the gaps to finish your flower.

small paper dahlia flower
Finish your smaller paper dahlia flower. Katherine Lee

As you did with the large dahlia flower, continue adding layers of the petals until all the gaps are filled in.

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