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Framed Paper Peony Flowers with Cricut

With Mother’s Day around the corner we thought it would be the perfect time to make our mom something featuring her favorite things: flowers! We know she’ll love these framed paper peony flowers, cut with our Cricut Maker.

Blue and purple 3D peony flowers placed in a white picture frame.

Beautiful Framed Paper Flowers

Our mom has a bit of a flower addiction! If you take a tour of her beautiful flower gardens it’s easy to see how much love and care she places in them. From spring through late fall, her gardens are blooming with every flower you can imagine. All her lovely dahlia’s even inspired our own floral home decor collection as well as our popular greeting card series!

So we knew she would appreciate this little gift we made her. We used the peony template within Cricut’s Design Space. But you could make this little paper flower garden with any blooms such as our paper cherry blossoms or the other patterns in our Etsy shop (use the code SMCH10 for a 10% discount).

Blue and purple 3D peony flowers placed in a white picture frame.

Although we upcycled a thrifted photo frame, you could simply purchase a white one (or any other color you’d like).

Materials Needed for this Peony Framed Flower

Materials needed to make peony framed flowers, including a Cricut machine, picture frame, paint, paint brush, glue gun, card stock and a Cricut scraper tool.

How to Make Framed Paper Peony Flowers:

Preparing the Frame

Gather supplies.

Disassemble the photo frame, removing the glass, which can be carefully discarded. If needed, paint the frame with 1-2 coats of white chalky paint. Set aside to dry.

Painting a wood picture frame with white paint.

Uploading the Peony Pattern

On a new canvas in Cricut’s Design Space, select Images from the toolbar.

Search “Peony” image (#MA3BFE) and select insert images.

Resize grouping to 9” high.

Resizing peony flowers in Cricut design space to 9 inches high.

Duplicate the grouping and resize the second set to 7.5” high.

Resizing peony flowers in Cricut's design space to 7.5 inches high.

Create the picture mat by adding a square shape and sizing it to 4” x 6” (or whatever size your photo frame is). 

Changing the size of peony images to 4"x6" in Cricut's design space.

Ungroup both sets of patterns.

Ungrouping peony images and sorting them by color in Cricut's design space program.

Move to the Color Sync tab to sort images by paper color.

Cutting the Paper Flower Pieces

With the machine set to Cricut Maker, select “Make It” in Design Space.

Set material type to Cardstock, choosing the appropriate weight based on your paper.

Place the first paper color onto the light grip mat.

Loading card stock into the Cricut machine.

Follow prompts for loading cardstock paper into Cricut Maker and cutting. When the cut is complete, unload the mat from the machine.

Holding the card stock and Cricut grip mat to show the small cut flowers.

Remove the cut pieces from the cutting mat.

Showing a cut out white flower.

Repeat for the remaining images and papers.

white, green, blue and purple cut out pieces.

How to Assemble the Peonies and Leaves

Fold up the outer edges of the peony center pieces (pistil). 

Folding the outer edges of the cut out flower.

Use a pen or a wooden skewer to curl petals upward on the 10 petal pieces.

Using a straw to curl the ends of the cut out blue flower.

For the smallest 3 petal pieces: fold the side tab towards the back of the petal and glue in place.

For the large 3 petal pieces: glue the small tab to the back side of the adjoining petal to form the shape.

Tip: if using a heavier cardstock paper, pre-crease the tabs in place before glueing.

Make sure the 10 petal pieces are different sized.

Stack and glue all of the petal pieces together in this order: the big 3-petal pieces,

The 10-petal pieces (make sure the larger of the two 10 petal pieces is on the bottom)

Then the two smaller 3 petal-pieces.

Glue the center pistils in place.

For the leaves: Slightly fold the leaf piece with the slit and then glue at the tab. Glue this folder leaf to the center of the intact leaf. Repeat with the other leaf.

How to Assemble the Framed Art

Place the cream mat into the frame. Reassemble the backing into the frame.

Blue and purple peonies, a white picture frame and two green leaves.

Decide on the arrangement of your flowers and leaves.

Arranging the purple peony and green leaf onto the white picture frame.

Working one peony flower and leaf at a time, glue them in place and hold until secure.

We love how these framed peony flowers turned out! Although the blue color’s a bit non-traditional it’s so pretty alongside the soft purple. We could absolutely see this as nursery decor, or to decorate a craft room or home office.

Close up of blue and purple 3D peony flowers placed in a white picture frame.

For additional Mother’s Day craft ideas be sure to explore our Remember Little Me throw pillow, personalized gifts for mom or birth month flower pendants.

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Cricut Peonies Framed Flowers

Jane and Sonja
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Materials
  

  • 4×6 photo frame white or painted white with chalky paint
  • Cricut Maker
  • 1 sheet each of cardstock paper in cream, soft green, blue and purple
  • Cricut Light Grip Mat
  • Cricut Design Space Peony Pattern #MA3BFE
  • Pen or other round utensil for curling petals such as a wooden skewer
  • Cricut Spatula optional
  • Hot glue gun with clear craft glue

Instructions
 

  • Disassemble the photo frame, removing the glass, which can be carefully discarded.
  • Uploading the Peony Pattern: on a new canvas in Cricut’s Design Space, select Images from the toolbar.
  • Search “Peony” image (#MA3BFE) and select insert images.
  • Resize grouping to 9” high.
  • Duplicate the grouping and resize the second set to 7.5” high.
  • Create the picture mat by adding a square shape and sizing it to 4” x 6” (or whatever size your photo frame is).
  • Ungroup both sets of patterns.
  • Move to the Color Sync tab to sort images by paper color.
  • With the machine set to Cricut Maker, select “Make It” in Design Space.
  • Set material type to Cardstock, choosing the appropriate weight based on your paper.
  • Follow prompts for loading cardstock paper into Cricut Maker and cutting.
  • Remove the cut pieces from the cutting mat.
  • Repeat for the remaining images and papers.
  • To Assemble the Peonies and Leaves fold up the outer edges of the peony center pieces (pistil).
  • Use a pen or a wooden skewer to curl petals upward on the 10 petal pieces.
  • For the smallest 3 petal pieces, fold the side tab towards the back of the petal and glue in place.
  • For the large 3 petal pieces, glue the small tab to the back side of the adjoining petal to form the shape.
  • Stack and glue all of the petal pieces together in this order: the big 3-petal pieces, the 10-petal pieces (make sure the larger of the two 10 petal pieces is on the bottom), then the two smaller 3 petal-pieces.
  • Glue the center pistils in place.
  • For the leaves: Slightly fold the leaf piece with the slit and then glue at the tab. Glue this folder leaf to the center of the intact leaf.
  • To Assemble the framed art, place the cream mat into the frame. Reassemble the backing into the frame.
  • Decide on the arrangement of your flowers and leaves.
  • Working one peony flower and leaf at a time, glue them in place and hold until secure.
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