This DIY paper Poinsettia makes a perfect Christmas gift embellishment! Grab the free cut file and pattern to make your own.
Hi, my name is Jennifer! I am a papercraft designer at JenniferMaker.com, author of the upcoming book “DIY Paper Flowers,” and creator of the CUT ABOVE design course. I am beyond excited that my friend Tasha asked me to design this special paper flower for you!
An unopened present is the embodiment of mystery and wonder. And a beautifully-wrapped present is even better, hinting at something very special inside. Yet, no matter how much pretty paper and bows I use, my wrapping never seems to live up to my expectations. But this year is going to be different, because I designed this lovely paper poinsettia to embellish all of my special Christmas presents. This paper flower so easy to make and it gives everything a special, handmade touch. It's joyful and pretty, and it's going to look amazing under the Christmas tree! Read on to learn how to make your own paper flower gift embellishment AND to grab the free cut file and pattern!
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To get my FREE cut file and pattern for the DIY paper flower gift embellishment, just click the image below and let me know where to send them!
DIY Paper Poinsettia Gift Embellishment
Note: I used my Cricut Maker to do all of my cutting, but you can replicate what you see here cutting by hand or with an older Cricut machine! That said, if you have been curious about a cutting machine for a while, I can tell you it is without a doubt the best crafting tool I've ever used. You can read Tasha's review of Cricut vs. Silhouette machines here and her review of the new Cricut Maker machine here.
- Cardstock, red and green (8.5″ x 11, 65 lb.)
- Yellow pipe cleaner (1)
- Tacky glue
If you are using a Cricut:
- Upload the SVG cut file in the Cricut Design Space (it's free to use). You can get it emailed to you by clicking here. It's easy to add the .svg file to Design Space. Just follow the steps in the video below.
- After you upload the SVG to Cricut Design Space, ungroup everything, change the layers with vein lines from Cut to Score, click Select All, and then click Attach.
- Note that I used a scoring stylus in my Cricut to put the vein details on the petals and leaves, making them look more realistic. If you do not have a scoring stylus, be sure to hid those layers before you cut or just use the SVG file marked “no-score.”
- Click “Make It” and you will be prompted to place your paper on your cutting mat and follow the prompts to load the mat into your Cricut so that the machine can cut out your petals and leaves.
If you aren't using a Cricut:
- If you aren't using a Cricut, simply print out my poinsettia pattern on your home printer using the colored cardstock. Then cut out the petals and leaves with scissors. If you'd like to add in the vein lines, just use drag a toothpick down the center of each petal and leave, end to end, and add in some perpendicular lines beside it.
Once all your pieces are cut out, you should have a pile that looks like this.
Whether you have used a Cricut to cut out your pieces or not, continue with the steps below.
1) Gently fold each petal and leave along the center score line to give your petals and leaves realistic body and shape.
2) Glue the red petals on top of each other, starting with the largest set of petals on the bottom and working your way up to the smallest set. As you glue each set on, rotate it so the petals are offset from one another to give the flower a fuller look.
3. Turn over the glued petals and glue the green leaves on the bottom of your poinsettia. If you have veins on your leaves, be sure you glue them on with the veins toward the flower. I recommend you offset the leaves from the petals so they peak out from between them.
4. Bend the yellow pipe cleaner into several 1/2″ long segments to simulate the stamen. Snip off the excess pipe cleaner and glue the stamen to the center of your paper poinsettia.
I'm so excited about how this DIY paper flower gift embellishment turned out! What do you think?
If you love this idea, be sure to save it to Pinterest or share it on Facebook so you can find it again later! And before you head out, don't forget to click below to have the cut file and pattern emailed to you within minutes.
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