If you gravitate to whimsical flowers, this Anemone paper flower will charm your socks off.
The paper flower cut file (free download here) includes a mere 6 pieces, so it’s a simple and easy flower to whip up. But simple doesn’t mean boring – nope, these blooms are showstoppers.
Before I make a paper flower, I dig in and learn everything I can about the flower, and the meaning it holds. I like to think this infuses my flower with the same vibe, and use as a mental journal prompt as I buckle down and create. And the messages that show up as you slow down and focus? Always fascinating.
Also, I’m a sucker for a great old wives’ tale, and love to pair them with my flowers. Maybe that’s the folklore-loving Scot in me, but it’s something I always do and enjoy. The old wives’ tale (for this flower) says that the Anemone’s superpower is the ability to predict rain. When the petals of the Anemone close up, it signals that a storm is brewing.
Prior to the good ol’ weather app, weather prediction was a bit sketch – but the methods charming.
Folklore aside, the actual meaning and symbolism of Anemone varies from culture to culture. What actually matters is the meaning that speaks to you. Here are a few meanings to choose from:
- beginning of Spring
Let’s say, there really isn’t a floral occasion that the Anemone doesn’t fit.
Are you ready?
Let’s make this paper flower.
- Glue gun (low temp)
- Clear PVC glue (use a clear glue like Elmers)
- Round-nose pliers
- Cutting pliers (if you need to cut the stem wire shorter)
- Soft mat (optional)
- Round ball shaping tool (optional)
- 16-18 gauge floral wire
- Floral tape
- (1) – 8.5 x 11 sheet of text weight paper for the outer petals.
- (1) – 8.5 x 11 sheet of text weight paper (green) for the leaves.
- (1) – 5 x 5 piece of paper for the “crown” (stamens) in the center.
- (1) – 5 x 5 piece of black tissue paper.
Cut the template pieces out
You can find the free cut file download here, that includes an SVG,DXF, and PDF file.
Don’t fret if you don’t have a cutting machine. The template cut file includes SVG, DXF, PDF, you don’t need a cutting machine, the template can be cut by hand.
The template makes one double Anemone paper flower
That being said my Cricut Maker has been invaluable in my paper flower making journey.
- (2) Large outer petals
- (1) Small outer petal
- (1) large stamen center
- (1) smaller stamen center
- (1) leaf for the underside
Don’t limit your imagination here. The template is versatile and will make a double or single Anemone flower – large and small.
If I’m making a floral arrangement, I’ll often make a mix of double and single Anemone in both sizes to add interest.
- Double Anemone flower: use 2 larger outer petals + smaller outer petal.
- Single Anemone flower: use 2 larger outer petals for a large single flower, or 2 smaller outer petals for a small single flower.
Paper flower shaping techniques
Two shaping techniques are used to shape the petals, stamen, and leaf of the Amora Anemone flower – curl and roll. Both techniques are shown in the Joy Gerbera Daisy post, so hop over and take a peak if you need more information.
Shape the paper flower template pieces
- Curl the edges of the petal pieces using a wooden skewer. To add dimension, curl each petal different – some with the edges curled up/down, and some petals that have one edge curled up and one down.. This gives the flower a very natural and organic look.
- Curl the leaf template piece under.
- Roll the petals, stamens (center), and roll the center of the leaf piece.
For the leaf piece, the rolling motion is very small, and at the end use the rolling tool and give the center a gentle press. This shapes the leaf to beautifully cup the bloom.
Make the flower center
- Take a piece of black tissue paper and wad it up.
- Dab a bit of clear Elmer’s glue and roll the between hands.
- If the tissue is too wet and sloppy, set aside for a minute or two and let the glue tack up. This makes it easier to roll into a nice tight ball without the delicate tissue ripping.
How to make the paper flower petals “dance”
There is a little trick to make the petals “dance”.
To do this, gently bring the petals together and add glue to the bottom of the petal piece. Keep the petals pinched between your fingers as you nest the petals together, and whistle a lil’ tune as you wait a few seconds for the glue to dry.
Let go of the petals and voila!
Gravity will kick in, and the petals will settle into a beautiful rhythm with each other.
Putting the paper flower together!
- Wrap the 16-18 gauge floral wire, and use the round-nose pliers to create a hook at the top of the wire.
- Slide the leaf piece onto the wire and glue the hook of the wire to the center of the leaf.
- Glue and attach the flower bloom to the leaf and stem.
Admire your paper flower!
Anemones grow in a variety of colors – white, red, pink, purple, and sometimes blue. But don’t let that stop you from exploring any color palette that makes your heart sing. There is no wrong color, or wrong palette.
I’ve included my color palette for this post below for a little inspiration.
Download the Amora Anemone cut file
The template download includes SVG, DXF, and PDF files.