Make Your Own SVG Files: Rolled Flower SVG Tutorial

Created on:

February 29, 2024

Updated on:

March 2, 2024

Written by Kelsey Sergi

Learn to make your own SVG files for free with Inkscape - focusing on easy Rolled Flower SVG templates for paper flowers.

a rolled flower made in inkscape - learn how to make your own svg files for free.

These SVG files are actually way easier than you would think and once you get the hang of them you can start creating your own SVG files easily. Let's download Inkscape and get creating!

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What to Use Rolled Flower SVGs For:

These SVG files are great because you can make so many variations for a lot of different paper flower crafts. If you don't want to make your own SVG files, don't worry you can find my free rolled flower templates here.

You can make your own rolled flower SVG files and use them for:

  • Shadowbox projects
  • DIY Wreaths
  • Card making
  • Paper Flower Bouquets
  • Cake Toppers
  • Invitations
  • Valentine's Day Crafts
  • If you can put a flower on it, you can make an SVG to fit the need.

How to Create Your Own SVG Files for Free!

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Step 1: Download Inkscape

Inkscape is a free open resource download that you can use to create graphics. There are constantly need updates and additions to make it a great software and perfect for beginners who want to stop paying for SVG files or want to create their own SVGs to sell.

Step 2: Open a New File

Inkscape canvas with a spiral pulled out.

Open a new canvas and drag out a spiral from the side panel. To create the spiral you will click and drag out. You can adjust the turns, divergence, and the inner radius. You want to have a decent amount of space between the swirls, you want to have at least 3 turns and you also want a semi open inner radius.

Step 3: Create Your Petal

Creating an SVG for free in inkscape - creating a petal.

For the simplest of petals, grab a circle from the side panel and again click and drag to form the shape. Then you want to change this to a path. You can do this by having the circle shape selected, drop the path menu down and then select object to path. You will now have nodes to work with. You can also draw a petal, but the circle works for me.

Next, you want to create the shape however you would like, play around. The main focus is you want a flat base where the shape tapers in at the top. The bottom should be longer than the top piece.

In inkscape, subtracting a rectanle from a petal shape to make your own svg files for free.

To create a flat bottom, I grab out a rectangle and place it over my petal, then subtract.

Another way to make a petal SVG file in inscape.

You can also add a rectangle box to the bottom with overhang on each side, but keep in mind this will create some weird spacing that will need to be tested.

Step 4: Pattern Along Path

Pattern along path in inkscape.

Select your spiral and go to the path drop down and then to path effects towards the bottom. A side panel should pop out.

Then you want to do the drop down arrow and select pattern along path. For pattern copies, select repeated (not stretched).

Copying your petal to make a rolled flower SVG file.

Next, copy the petal to your clipboard. Right click and copy or command C.

Then go back to your spiral, on the panel to the side, hit the clipboard that says paste. Your petals will not go along the spiral.

Adjust any part of your spiral here.

Step 5: Dynamic Offset

Go while on your new spiral, go back up to the path drop down and click dynamic offset.

Dynamic offset in inkscape.

Go into the node tool on the side panel, and there should be a single node at the top of the spiral. Drag this out to add some weight to the SVG file. Do not overlap the strokes. They need to be clean.

You can go ahead and remove the stroke and add a color here.

Step 6: Add the Center

Grab another circler from the side panel and add it to the center of your spiral. Make it big enough to fill the space while still having an open gap.

Union a circle to the middle of your SVG template - a rolled paper flower.

Then select the circle and the spiral petals and go to path drop down, then union.

You can delete the original petal and save your project.

My biggest suggestion for these is test one before cutting 50. Make sure the petals are correct and understand sizing.

your rolled flower SVG that you made for free in inkscape.

Upload into you cutting machine software and adjust any size or color and do a test cut with some paper.

Now you have created your own SVG file from scratch - think of all the rolled flowers you can make now!! Congratulations!

Stay Crafty!

Kelsey Sergi - the owner and crafter at Dinosaur Mama.

Hi crafters! I'm Kelsey and I am here to bring you new original craft projects and free SVG files for your cutting machines every week!

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