My love for this dahlia knows no bounds

Cafe au Lait Dahlias are magnificent for their large dinner-plate blooms, curly and wavy petals, and blooms that come in cream, soft pink, and light coffee-colour. They’re one of the most sought after wedding flowers often paired with other blush and cream-coloured flowers. This paper version of the Cafe au Lait Dahlia has an open disc floret centre and is about 7”-8” in diameter, perfect for large bouquets and arrangements. When making my over-sized Cafe au Lait Dahlia and Garden Roses arrangements last fall, I discovered the trick to creating a dinner-plate dahlia in paper that looked both refined and unruly. I’m not aware of any other artist who shapes the petals or creates the details of the petals like I do - and that’s what I share with you in this course.

What You'll Learn in this Course

  • To easily create a dahlia centre using clay and a few other tricks.

  • To rely on an underlying structure to support the centre and petals.

  • To create the disc floret/fringe 2 different ways.

  • To make those curly petals that surround the disc floret 2 different ways.

  • To shape the dinner-plate dahlia ray florets/petals so they look both refined and wavy.

  • Petal placement that works every time.

  • To free-hand cut petals (or use templates provided).

  • My colour recipes to achieve a realistic-looking Cafe au Lait Dahlias.

What's inside


    This course comes with written instructions and templates that you can download and reference. Measurements are in both metric and (for our American friends) imperial.


    Ideal for those with previous experience making paper flowers due to the intricacy of the flower, but complete beginners will be able to just as easily follow along thanks to Jessie's clear instructions and demonstrations.


    Watch Jessie demonstrate how she constructs her realistic blooms one step at a time in 16:9 video format. Videos include short descriptive captions, illustrations, and zoom-ins when appropriate.

Course curriculum

    1. 1.1 | Welcome

    2. 1.2 | Materials & Tools

    3. 1.3 | Written Instructions & Templates

    4. 1.4 | Introduction to the Cafe au Lait Dahlia

    1. 2.1 | Making the Disc Floret Centre

    2. 2.2 | Assembling & Colouring the Centre

    3. 2.3 | Making the Floret Fringe: Twist Method

    4. 2.4 | Making the Floret Fringe: Laminating Method

    5. 2.5 | Attaching the Floret Fringes

    1. 3.1 | Preparing the Paper & Cutting the Petals

    2. 3.2 | Shaping the Petals

    3. 3.3 | Attaching the Petals

    1. 4.1 | Cutting the Petals

    2. 4.2 | Shaping the Petals

    3. 4.3 | Attaching the Petals

    1. 5.1 | Preparing the Paper & Cutting the Petals

    2. 5.2 | Wiring the Petals

    3. 5.3 | Shaping the Petals

    4. 5.4 | Attaching the Petals

    1. 6.1 | Preparing the Paper & Cutting the Petals

    2. 6.2 | Shaping the Petals

    3. 6.3 | Attaching the Petals

What's inside

  • 31 lessons
  • 3 hours of video content
  • Downloadable instructions & templates

The Perfect Companion


Complement your Cafe au Lait Dahlia with buds and blooming buds! Learn how to construct not one, but THREE paper buds that mimic the natural stages of maturity in this comprehensive online course.


  • What type of tools & materials do you use in this course?

    I use mainly crepe paper as my main medium, which you can purchase online at various suppliers. My favourite suppliers are listed in the Toolbox section. I also use stem wires and sometimes floral tape which can be purchased at floral supply wholesalers, baking/cake supply stores and even big box stores like Michaels and Joanns. Everything else can be easily purchased from art or craft stores, online, or you likely have them at home. For most materials, I provide direct links to where you can buy them inside the course.

  • When does the course start and finish?

    The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    The short answer - Forever. The long answer - You’ll have access to the course videos and content forever as long as Crafted to Bloom exists, even if the online course platform changes.

  • Do you offer any refunds or guarantees?

    Unfortunately, due to the nature of digital products, I cannot offer a refund. That said, I just know that you'll learn something! I design every one of my flower online course so that I can share new and fresh techniques with you. I hate repeating myself.

  • I’ve never tried making paper flowers. Is this for me?

    I’ll be honest - this is not a beginner’s course. It requires lots of patience and some adeptness with free-hand cutting, shaping, and assembly. I would not recommend this course if you have never made paper flowers before. Instead, I would recommend you try my Wild Rose Online Course first before trying your hand with this one. All that said - my instructions and demonstrations are so clear that if you're up for the challenge, sign up!

  • I'm an experienced paper floral artist. Would I still benefit from this course?

    I don’t know anyone who makes this type of dahlia the way I do, so I’m pretty confident that you’ll learn a new way of doing things. Also, I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOVE to watch other seasoned paper florists work and create. I always learn new tricks or new ways of doing something. It’s amazing how everyone does things differently. I’m confident that you’ll learn something new from my course too.

  • Can I sell the flower I make from this online course?

    Yes, you’re welcome to make this flower and sell it. All I ask is if someone, like a customer, ask you how you learned to make the flower, that you could acknowledge that you learned it from me and give credit where it is due.

  • Can I teach this flower to other people?

    If you know someone who would like to learn how to make this paper flower, I would ask you to encourage them to sign up for this course. Please do not share the access information with third parties. You paid for access to it, and so should they. I’ve put in a lot of effort to designing this course and the intellectual property connected to this course, the materials, and the techniques are mine. Similarly, you are absolutely not permitted to teach this paper flower for monetary gain without expressed written permission from me. If you are interested in re-teaching this paper flower I do offer licensing options. Read more about this in the Terms & Conditions page:

Ready to bloom with me?




Wendy’s perfectly flawless Cafe au Lait Dahlia

“I love her idea of using clay for the center. And what she suggests for making the clever! It's another winner in her growing collection of first class tutorials!”


Christina's moody Cafe au Lait Dahlia

"This tutorial is jam-packed with so many interesting techniques!”


Zulemy's stunning gorgeous Cafe au Lait Dahlias

"Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Thanks to your tutorial I was able to create this beauty. I loved the process of making it. I admire you and your work so much. Thanks ✨⁣" 


Miabella's triple threat, Cafe au Lait Dahlias

"Never been a Dahlia fan, but recently obsessed with @jessiatcraftedtobloom and her dahlia course."


Margot's beautiful pink Cafe au Lait Dahlia and coffee/cream dahlia

“I was very excited when Jessie Chui announced a new dahlia tutorial a couple of weeks ago, since it's one of my all time favorite flowers! This is my first try but I was so excited that I made 10 centers at once 😄 So many more to come! I added a couple of leaves to give it a more finished look as a single flower.” 

Experience the joy of paper flowers.