Pretty Neat (and Easy): DIY Paper Flowers

I’ve always admired the paper flowers that I’ve seen around the internet, but I’ve never tried to make my own until recently. I have to admit, I started this project with a severe lack of supplies. Sure, I had different types of paper, scissors, and all of the craft supplies you would want for such a task, but I did not have my computer by my side to look up similar projects for inspiration. Instead, I tried a few different techniques until I found one that worked. I’m very happy with the results you see below and was impressed at how quickly the flower took shape and came together.

DIY Paper Flowers by

DIY Paper Flowers by

So far, I’ve only used one flower to top a gift, but I could see a group of them being used to decorate a tabletop, or a few tucked into the corners of a bookcase to add a little pop of color. They’ll always be in season, so I’m sure many more paper flowers will be blooming around here soon.

DIY Paper Flowers

  • squeeze punch (like this one by Fiskars)
  • heavy stock colored paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • decorative button

1. Use a squeeze punch to cut round disks from the colored paper. I used about 15 circles for the flower pictured above.

2. Use scissors to cut a slit into all but one disk of paper from the outside edge to the center (see photo in slideshow below).

3. Hold a disk in your hand and use your fingers to wrap it into a cone shape. Secure the edges with a dot of glue and let dry (see photo in slideshow below). Do this with all of the disks.

4. Glue one cone to the base of another cone, allowing them to overlap just slightly (see photo in slideshow below). Secure with a dot of glue and add more cones, one-by-one, to your flower, building out as you go.

5. Once your flower has reached your desired size, glue the one uncut disk that was set aside to the back so you have a smooth bottom.

6. Glue a decorative button into the center of the flower and let dry. Use as desired.

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SWWU Tip 1: Curious to know what’s inside the box above? It’s a personalized wood block created to commemorate a baptism. Check it and other great gift ideas out at the ekm43 shop on Etsy.

SWWU Tip 2: Looking for an easier way to adorn the gifts you give? Check out this cascading ribbon bow.

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Fit to Be Tied

I get a lot of pleasure out of giving gifts to people. Selecting just the right item and watching the recipient open it up to discover what’s inside is very enjoyable to me. Similar to how people eat with their eyes (things that look appetizing taste better), I think people first experience gifts with their eyes as well. If it’s packaged just right, it’s more likely to be enjoyed. Unfortunately, transporting wrapped presents—especially when you need to take them through the city on a subway—can be a bit tricky. Crumpled bags, ripped paper or, my personal pet peeve, a smooshed bow, can all ruin the gift giving experience a bit. That’s why I’m thankful for a few type of bow that has yet to fail me:

Smoosh-Proof Cascading Ribbon Gift Bow by

Smoosh-Proof Cascading Ribbon Gift Bow by

I call it the cascading ribbon bow. It couldn’t be simpler to make and it has never disappointed me. Its slim profile allows me to easily slip the present it’s adorning into a bag for easy transport and a quick fluff gets everything into place when we arrive at our destination.

To make the bow, simply tie ribbon around your box as your normally would, ending with a knot in the middle of the top. Cut strips of ribbon (mine were about 12 inches long) and tie them to the center knot. Add as many strips as you like, alternating colors if desired. Finish by tying a bit or ribbon over the mass of knots in the center to cover them up.

SWWU Tip 1: The thinner the ribbon the better for this bow. I like to use a 3mm (1/8 inch) size.

SWWU Tip 2: Instead of covering the mass of ribbon with the last knot, you can also tie on a small trinket. A flower, notecard or another small gift would all work well.

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