Well, actually, if truth be told, I am not the one out in the garden soaking up the sunshine, it is my husband. I am fine with just sitting back and watching him work and then enjoying the fruits of his labors. While he is going that, I will be in my crafting room. He can plant the dahlias, and I will create them out of paper!
Ingredients for the dahlia:
2 different sized circle punches
Double sided cardstock
Using the smaller circle punch, punch out the base of the flower. You will be attaching the petals onto the base with adhesive.
Fold the circle in half and then in quarters. This will help you be able to gauge the placement of the petals.
Punch out 8 circles with the larger punch. Each of these circles will be a petal for your flower. There are 8 petals.
Fold the circle in half, but only crease 1/2 of the fold. Creasing only 1/2 the fold will make it so you don't have a crease on your petal.
Using the crease as your guide, fold over the edges of the circle.
Flip the petal over and fold the edge in towards the middle, like making a paper airplane.
You have now created your petal. Repeat this with the remaining 7 circles to create the rest of your petals.
Attach your petals onto the base, using the creases on the base to help you space your petals evenly.
You can use 2 or 3 petals to create a bud. Cut a slightly smaller circle out of green paper to create another petal to use as the stem base.