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 somethingwewhippedup.com

DIY Paper Flowers by somethingwewhippedup.com

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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Vintage Button Hairpins

I’ve been collecting vintage buttons for the past few years. They’re scattered around the house in jars and vases and add a nice pop of color wherever they are. When I get a truly special pair, I like to turn them into hairpins. I’ve given out a few sets, like the ones below, as gifts. They couldn’t be easier to make and the recipient always enjoys getting something a little more personal that’s tailored to her.

Vintage Button Hairpins by somethingwewhippedup.com

Vintage Button Hairpins by somethingwewhippedup.com

Once you find the buttons, these hairpins are fairly easy to make. Here’s how:

Vintage Button Hairpins

  • vintage buttons
  • needle-nose pliers
  • sharp scissors
  • fine sand paper (optional)
  • felt
  • super strong glue (such as E-6000)
  • toothpicks
  • bobby pins with pads
  • feathers (optional)

1. Select your buttons. The ones with flat backs are easiest to use, but if your button has a shank (a loop for thread on the back) you can still make it work. If there is a shank, try to remove it using needle-nose pliers and/or sharp scissors. If the back is rough after this, you may want to smooth it out with a bit of sand paper.

2. Once you have a flat back, cut out a piece of felt that will cover almost the entire back of the button. Use the glue to secure the felt on the back, use a toothpick to remove any excess glue that has oozed out of the sides and set aside to dry. Repeat with the remaining button.

3. Glue the bobby pins to the felt pads and let dry overnight.

4. If adding feathers (as shown in the slideshow below), cut two pieces of felt for each button and glue the feathers between them before affixing the bobby pins.

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SWWU Tip 1: Look for vintage buttons in antique stores, on websites like Etsy and eBay or check in with your mom, grandma or another older relative (you might be surprised what you find).

SWWU Tip 2: Feel free to skip the felt backing if your button has a perfectly smooth surface. You should be able to glue the bobby pin directly to the back.

Full disclosure: This is not something WE whipped up, this post is something I’ve done on my own. From time to time, we’ll each showcase some of our personal projects on here. We hope you enjoy!

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