Bouquet of various colored single dahlias made from punched paper petals in dollhouse scale. Shown in a Pitcher made by Elisabetta Buffatti of Minipottery ItalyPhoto © 2012 Lesley Shepherd
Dahlias, the national flower of Mexico, are native to Mexico, Central America and Columbia. Introduced to Europe in 1789, they are found in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colorways, making them a great subject for dolls house scale flower arrangements and gardens.
The single flowered dahlias in this tutorial can be easily made in pastels or bright colors. I've shown them made hand colored using regular printer paper, but you will get a better finish if you use a lightweight drawing paper or airmail weight paper for your flowers. If you are a beginner, try coloring your paper first, allow it to dry, then punch your petals. As you become better at working with miniatures, try to add more detail to your flowers with the techniques in this tutorial.
To make these miniature dahlia flowers I used the following materials: