The number of pieces needed for the beautiful paper Shasta Daisy are few. The papers I use are solid 65# card stock. It’s a little lighter weight than the 110# cardstocks and much easier to work with. Yet it still creates a sturdy paper daisy that will last a long time.
I bought my papers at Joann and Hobby Lobby in large multi color packs of 25 and 200. With Hobby Lobby’s 40% Off coupon you can save big time on The Paper Studio Card Stock Pack. It comes in a 200 value pack for regular price of $12.99. I also picked up Parklane’s 25 pack of white from Joann during a sale. I plan to make a LOT of these flowers to give away in bouquets.
Forming the 3 Petal Layers…
1. Cut all your pieces for the Shasta Daisy.
2. I use a long narrow knitting needle to gently mold the petals but you can also do this with just your fingers by gently pinching along the edges.
3-4. Press the base of petals up from the center to form a cup shape from the petals.
Forming Stamens for the Center Cone…
5 – 6. Hold the stamens in the center with one hand and use your fingers on the other hand to push stamens up creating a cone shape.
7. When you get a bit of cone shape you can roll it between you fingers to getter a better crease around the bottom.
8. Repeat the same process with all the stamen pieces. You can add a few more stamens if you like to get an even fuller denser look to the final cone.
9. Get all your stamens formed before gluing together.
10. For the stamen in the very center, pinch along the outside bottom to form a closed piece.
11. Use a hot glue gun, add one tiny dot of hot glue to the bottom of the center and then adhere it to the center of the next stamen layer.
12. Continue stacking the stamen layers from smallest to largest.
Putting the parts together…
13. Use a dab of hot glue on the bottom center of the daisy petals to adhere them together. I like to stagger the centers a little as I go.
14. Adhere the cone to center of daisy.
15. Add a bit of hot glue to the back sepal as shown.
16. Overlap the spikes of the sepal as shown, forming a cone. When glue has cooled you can gently curl the very tips of the spikes back to give it a natural look.
17. I used 22 gauge floral cloth stem wire for the stems. Using a pair of needle nose pliers I form a flat circle on one end.
18. Add a small puddle of hot glue to the back of the daisy, attach the circular form of the stem to this and hold in place while the glue cools and dries.
19. Slip the wire thru the hole in the sepal. Add a few bits of hot glue round the edges.
20. Push the sepal up to the bottom of the daisy to adhere it.
Adding Leaves to the Arrangement…
21. I use my scoring tool to crease along the center of the leaves and then gently folded just a bit to give it shape.
22. Add a thin line of hot glue along the fold line.
23. Place a stem wire along the glue.
24. After putting together you arrangement of daisies add a few leaves here and there. One leaf per stem seems to look just about right so that makes adding leaves to the bouquet even easier.
Cutting files in SVG, AI, DXF and GSD
The various daisies are all constructed in the same way, but by changing up the size and order of the center cones along with changing colors you get 4 varieties. To make this easy for you to figure out there is a separate file for each variety with the sizes needed.