How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower

How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower with Spellbinders Victorian Garden

Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to show you how to make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower.  If you’re lucky enough to live in a region where  magnolias trees grow, then you understand what a treasure they are. These showy, oversized, fragrant blossoms are true Southern Belles! When we had our magnolia tree, I used to pluck the blossoms and float them in shallow bowls of water.  The soft fragrance filled the house, and the beauty of that enormous blossom added a sense of grace to the home.  Picking the leaves up from the yard every day was not as wonderful, but the flowers were so beautiful, we forgave the tree for making all that mess!

Project #1: Eyelet Lace Frame Top Fold Card

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Spellbinders has just released a new set of Susan’s Garden etched dies called Victorian Garden.  I shared some Mason Jar & Lavender and Victorian Tea Cup projects made with these amazing dies over the weekend.  Today we’ll be working with the Southern Magnolia and Southern Foliage Dies.

Creating paper flowers is a very relaxing and rewarding pursuit.   I’ve put together a Make & Take Tuesday tutorial showing you how I colored, shaped and layered these elements so you can have fun, too!

Here’s a peek inside my first card.  Both cards are made with Simple Stories Weathered Garden papers, but you can use whatever papers you have in your stash.

Project #2: Southern Magnolia and Foliage Easel Card

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The second sample I have for you today is this botanical easel card. One of the things I love about this particular flower is that you only need to add one blossom to dress up a card.  I’ve layered this one with some of the Victorian foliage and dressed it up with a Reneabouquet’s butterfly.

TIP:  Add a pocket to the interior of your easel card.  This gives you a place to tuck in a gift card or a treat and it also doubles as a brake for the easel mechanism.

I created a little chocolate wallet to hold a tasty treat, and I added a blank sentiment card to finish things off.

How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I colored, shaped and layered my magnolias and foliage, then please enjoy this video tutorial on YouTube.

I hope you feel inspired to try your hand at making these lovely blooms.  If so, you’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




8 thoughts on “How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower

  1. 1sassy1 Sandi Smith

    I love creating flowers for my projects but had never tried making a Magnolia so I really appreciate your tutorial. My Mom grew up in the South so she loved Magnolias. We had a tree in our backyard in the house where I grew up in California but to my Mom’s dismay, it never bloomed. We never knew why but my Mom never stopped loving the beautiful flowers. I wish she was still with us for many reasons but I would especially love to make her a card with your Magnolia flower on it. I will give it a try anyway and perhaps send it on a cad for my sister for Mother’s Day. Thank you for bringing some sweet memories to mind and for the inspiration.

    Sandi Smith

  2. Rebecca Rosas

    Hi, Kathy! Love that eyelet die- I ordered it thanks to you!
    Is there a way to remove the Nuvo mousse if it gets somewhere on your project where you don’t want it? Thanks!

  3. Susan Steele

    This magnolia blossom is just gorgeous, Kathy! Luv how you make it look so easy to create! You have such a gift making all your flowers!!! They always turn out spectacular! Thanks for the tutorial and the great inspiration! Hugs, Suzy Q

  4. Helen

    What magnificent blooms Kathy, truly beautiful pieces of creativity. Love that moose, better put it on the list! I was into foam flowers for a few years, however I can see that paper ones are just as good now I have viewed your video. You can still make that distress glitter with rock candy and alcohol ink, that and the prills are the finishing touch that adds as you say to the texture and overall natural look of the magnolia. Thankyou for a wonderful demo that needs more than one look.

  5. Renea Harrison

    It looks so real!! So many of our neighbors have magnolia trees in their yards. They really are beautiful and your flower is too!! Winnie and Beau (the dogs) love to collect and play with the pods. Thank you for making the tutorial. I am sure we will be seeing lots of magnolia inspiration from it.

  6. Joni E

    The magnolia flower is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the video on how to create the flower-you do make it look easy!!

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