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Outside the windows spring and bloom, also such will be today's post. Flowers made of paper have a wide range of uses, and today they will decorate the lid of a box. My box will ultimately be a gift wrapping, but I am sure that you yourselves will find the best use for your artwork. I will also show you how to design your own and unique flowers in the free program Inkscape.


You can open files designed in Inkscape in plotters: Cricut, Brother and Silhouette (program version: Designer Edition).

You will need:

Cutting plotter

250g paper - 4 sheets of different colors

170g paper

– Glue

– Large ballpoint chisel or rounded pen

– Kitchen sponge




Designing a flower in Inkscape

To begin with, we'll get acquainted with the program's features that will come in handy during our work. At the top we have the ability to edit the size of the object and its position in the workspace.

The functions on the left allow us to draw objects, change their color and shape. On the right are tools that allow us to find points on the object, i.e. center, node, intersection. It is worth leaving them active while working on this project.


1. Select the PEN tool and then the BSPLAYN mode. We draw half of the petal.


2. Copy the petal and mirror it using the REFLECT function, marked as horizontal arrows in the top menu.


3. We connect the two parts of the petal by pushing them together. At this point we will find it useful to use the node attraction function, which we enabled at the beginning of the work.


4. Select both parts and merge them as one object using the PATH button in the main menu, then JOIN.


5. Przechodzimy do tworzenia pozostałych płatków. W tym celu kopiujemy płatek, ponownie wybieramy opcję OBIEKT i klikamy PRZEKSZTAŁĆ.


6. On the right side, a window will open, where we click the ROTATE button. Our flower will have 5 petals, so in the place of the rotation angle we enter the value 72 and click APPLY. We connect the two parts of the flower by moving the points where the petals connect.


7. The next petals are created analogously by rotating them by multiples of the angle of 72, that is, 144, 216, etc.


8. When the whole flower is ready we mark it and merge it by repeating the steps from pt. 4. Our flower will be several layers, so we create 6 more smaller parts. We copy the flower six times and proportionally reduce the individual layers using the tools at the top of the program.


Working with the Cricut plotter:

1. We move the project to the DESIGN SPACE workspace. In the first step of working with the design, we need to ungroup the elements by pressing UNGROUP.


2. Select the lid element and click the ATTACH button, this will merge it with the perforation. The same action is repeated for the bottom of the box.


3. Proceed to cut out the design by pressing MAKE IT. Cut out the flowers from a lower weight paper such as 170g. Thinner paper will make it easier to form them.


Making the box


1. Bend each petal inward and emboss with a sponge and an object with a rounded end.


2. Fold the inner petals tightly and glue on the edges, so that the center of the flower is formed.


3. Glue one by one to the outside of the larger parts of the flower, lining them up from underneath. Pay attention that successive layers of petals pass each other and do not overlap.


4. Proceed to assemble the box. Bend both parts of the box at the perforation point and glue them together.


5. On the lid arrange and glue a composition of leaves and a flower.


The box is ready and waiting for the contents. I am curious how your flowers and compositions will look like and where you will use them.


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