Dahlia Fold Flower

I promised a picture tutorial for making a Dahlia Fold flower and today’s the day! Making these flowers is very addictive and so much fun.  I will say that at first, I got a little frustrated folding the tiny pieces but with practice it has turned from frustrating to fun. Practicing with larger circles is the key to getting the technique down.  

You can also watch a step by step video for making these flowers by clicking here

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I used Needlepoint Nook Designer Series Paper, a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, a 2″ Circle Punch and Multipurpose Glue to create my flower. Here are the steps: 

Step 1: Punch 8 Circles using a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch. Fold each circle into fourths.

Step 2:  Take one of the circles and open it up.  I have drawn lines ONLY to make it easier for you to see where I’ve folded.

Step 3: Bring one “corner” up so that it touches a horizontal and vertical line.  Crease the fold.  I like to use a bone folder so that I have a nice, crisp fold.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 on the other side. 

Step 5: Turn your circle over. Bring one side up to the middle of the circle. I have drawn the line down the middle ONLY to make it easier for you to see where I’ve folded.

Step 6: Repeat Step 5 on the other side.  

Congratulations! You’ve finished one petal!! Seven more to go!

Step 7:  Using Whisper White, punch a 2″ circle using a 2″ Circle Punch. Fold it in quarters.  Open it up and place a mark in the center.  I’ve found this makes it easier to see where to place the petals. 

Step 8: Add glue to the Whisper White circle and then add your first petal.  Line it up on the horizontal line and make sure the tip of the petal is touching the mark you made in the middle.  (I like to add glue to one half of the circle, adhere four petals and then repeat on the other side).

Step 9: Continue adding all the petals, making sure each one is as close as it can get to the previous one. Each petal tip should be in the center and the tops should be even (see the arrow). 

Dahlia Fold instructions

Step 10: You’re done! You’ve created a gorgeous flower! 

Want to Make Today’s Card?

All the products I used to create today’s card can be found lower in the post in the Supply List. Clicking any of the supplies will take you right to my Stampin’ Up! online store. 

  • Cut a piece of Poppy Parade that measures 11″ x 4-1/4″.  Fold in half.
  • Cut a piece of Flirty Flamingo that measures 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Attach to the base of the card.  
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White that measures 5″ x 3-3/4″.  Run it through the Big Shot using the Tin Tile Embossing Folder.  Attach to the front of the card.
  • Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the flower on the Whisper White circle. Attach the flower to the front of the card.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Poppy Parade ink.  Cut it out using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies and the Big Shot.  Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back and attach to the card.  Add two Poppy Parade Enamel Dots to the sentiment.  


Here are some cards I’ve previously shared using this folding technique.  Please note that some of the papers have retired.  Click on each card for more information. 

Dahlia Fold Technique

Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper

Dahlia Fold Technique

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