By continuing to browse you are accepting this.
These ombre dahlias are a little larger than the garden variety, but are sure to make a blooming lovely decoration at your next party or a striking wall hanging to brighten any room.
Cut a circle base from a piece of cardboard using an Xcut Circle Cutter tool to cut around the outside of the three different sized circles. Cut a 6" base for a large flower, a 5" base for a medium flower and a 4" base for a small flower.
Cut cardstock squares using a guillotine. For a large blue flower cut 40 x 4", six 3.5" and three 3". For a medium red flower cut 40 x 3.5", six 3" and three 2.5". For a small green flower cut 40 x 3", six 2.5" and three 2".
Roll the squares into cones, staple them at the bottom to keep their shape and use a small bead of hot glue from a glue gun to hold the overlap in position. Try the alternatives shown in step 6 before rolling into cones for the red and green flowers.
Draw circles on the base as a positioning guide. Using a glue gun, glue the cones into position on the base, one row at a time. Use 16 cones on the outer two rows and eight cones on the third row. Alternate the shades to create an ombre effect.
Glue six cones on the fourth row. To secure the three centre cones, glue them together first with hot glue, making sure the seams are on the inside. Fold the bottoms of the cones outwards and glue in the centre of the flower, holding until set.
Try one of the following variations for a different effect. To make the petals on the red flower, round one corner of the cone with a corner punch and ink the edges with a white ink pad. To make the green flower, cut the squares O.5" larger and punch two adjacent edges with a scallop border, creating pretty scalloped petals.