Gerbera Daisy Paper Flowers – Free Layered Flower SVG
Brighten up your craft room with this beautiful DIY gerbera daisy paper flower! Download the free gerbera SVG to make your own collection of pretty daisy flowers…
We’ve been having some lovely sunny weather in England recently and I really wanted to craft something summery to match all the wonderful sunshine, so here is a paper flower gerbera daisy!
Now, I have to admit… it’s more of an “abstract” variation rather than a true-to-life gerbera shape, but I still think it turned out pretty cute!
If you’re new to making layered papercraft project then this is a great design to start with as it’s easy for your Cricut to cut and it’s simple to stick together.
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Supplies list for paper gerbera daisy flower
- Cricut Maker
- Light blue Cricut cutting mat
- Coloured Card – I used two shades of pink, yellow, orange and two shades of purple
- Collall All Purpose Glue
- Needle Tip Applicator Bottle
- 3D foam pads
- Alcohol markers (I used Nuvo Alcohol Makers by Tonic Studios)
- Shadow box (I used a 20x20cm box frame from Hobbycraft)
How to make a gerbera daisy paper flower
Here’s how to make your very own gerbera daisy flower using a Cricut machine!
Step 1) Download the free file & unzip the downloaded folder
Download the Free Cutting File
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Before you upload the SVG to Design Space, you need to unzip the download folder that it comes in.
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Step 2) Upload the SVG file into Design Space
Open up Cricut Design Space and upload the file called SVG_Gerbera_CraftWithSarah.svg
Make sure you upload the file which starts SVG_ in the filename!!
Click the flower on your canvas and use the width/height boxes near the top of the screen to make it the size that you want to cut it.
I made mine 7.5 inches wide to fit inside my shadow box. As this is a fairly simple design I think you make it quite a bit smaller than that and it would still cut fine. I probably wouldn’t go much smaller than about 4 inches in width though as the top layers of the paper flower middle might get a bit small.
When you’re happy with the size of the gerbera daisy in Design Space, click “Make It” and follow the instructions on-screen to cut out all the layers.
Step 3) Colour the petals with alcohol makers
For a more realistic look to the petals, try colouring them with alcohol markers!
This made a real different to my gerbera and it also helped to “match” the two colours of pink card better together for a more cohesive look.
I used two shades of pink for each of the two colours of pink cardstock that I cut the petal layers from.
To start, I put a small dot on all the petals that needed colouring for each layer as I didn’t want to spend time coloring sections that were going to be hidden by other layers of card!
Next, I used the “chisel” tip of the darker pink alcohol maker to colour in the petals. I tried to do this in long “sweeping” motions from the middle of the flower to the tip. This gives the most realistic effect.
The brush strokes will fade a little bit as the alcohol evaporates when the ink dries, so don’t panic if it looks too bright to start with!
Next, I went around the edges of the petal with a different shade of pink. I just did two strokes – one up each edge of the petal.
This gave a pretty “gradient” effect to the petals.
Step 4) Stick the cardstock gerbara layers together
Use 3D foam pads and glue to stick the layers together.
I used foam pads for all layers apart from the two “outline” layers for the middle of the flower which I glued instead as they were a little bit too thin and delicate to put foam pads on.
Use this guide to see the order to stick the layers together in. A high quality printable version of this assembly guide is included in the folder when you download this SVG.
When adding the foam pads to the petals, make sure you add some in the middle of the petals so it give stability to the middles. If you don’t add any foam pads in the middles then it can “sag” under the weight of the other layers which doesn’t look as good.
My favourite glue to use on papercraft projects is Collall All Purpose Glue.
It’s SO good because it doesn’t “warp” or bend the cardstock like some glues do. You can use as much of it as you want and the card stays perfect – and it dries perfectly clear too!
To make it even easier to apply glue to layered card projects, I highly recommend getting some of these needle tip applicator bottles to put the glue into.
The nozzles are REALLY tiny which makes them perfect for putting glue in the tiny pieces of cardstock that make up the middles of these paper gerberas.
Step 5) Frame your paper gerbera daisy flower
The final step is to frame your flower!
I cut a piece of scrapbook paper into an 8.5 inch square which was the size of my frame and then glued the flower to the middle of it.
And here is the final result…
I hope that you enjoy this free mandala gerbera daisy SVG!
I just love the effect that the alcohol makers give to the petals!
Love layered SVGs? Check out my other free layered SVG files (including two sunflower designs!)