PLEASE check out how cute these paper flower poofs are!
The best part is that they're suuuuuuper easy to make! Ready? You're going to need (1) napkins in whatever color, (2) pipe cleaners, and (3) scissors:
I would recommend using 3-ply napkins because they're a bit sturdier and you can actually pull apart the plys to make a fluffier flower (: You can also use the smaller beverage napkins or larger dinner napkins as long as they're square. When you've got all of that, unfold one napkin and lay it flat like so:
Then, stack 3 more napkins on top of it, making sure they're all lined up. You will now have a stack of 4 napkins:
Take your stack of napkins and fold it into a fan shape. Use the ruffily edge as a guide for thickness!
Oh hey and now you can see my bird's habitat hair (:
So anyway, then you should have a fan:
Take one pipe cleaner and twist it around the middle of the napkin fan to create a bow shape:
And then take your scissors and round off both of the edges to make them into little semi-circles:
so it looks like this (do not worry AT ALL if it's not absolutely perfect!):
Fan the bow out a bit,
And starting with the top layer on one side, pull each napkin in towards the center of the bow:
Continue with each layer (obviously 4 total):
When you're done with one half, start on the other!
And ta-da! How fantastic is this! I absolutely adore them (:
We're planning on using them to decorate the pews with, along with setting some on the guest book table, escort card table, etc. The pink color is a LITTLE bright for what we were looking for, but I'm going to take advantage of the heatwave that is currently taking over the midwest and see if putting them out in the sunshine for a bit will fade the color a bit (I'll let you know how that goes).
Oh and also, for larger napkins, I found that actually using 5 napkins works better than 4, by the way. Here's what the size difference looks like:
What do you think? Do you love them? I just think they're so cute. We found packs of 50 beverage napkins at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 (or dinner ones for $2.99), and since you can get about 12 flowers out of a pack, that makes them only $.17 a flower! Yay!