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PLEASE check out how cute these paper flower poofs are!

Paper Flower tutorial

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:

Paper Flower tutorial

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:

Paper Flower tutorial

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:

Paper Flower tutorial

Take your stack of napkins and fold it into a fan shape. Use the ruffily edge as a guide for thickness!

Paper Flower tutorial

Oh hey and now you can see my bird's habitat hair (:

Paper Flower tutorial

So anyway, then you should have a fan:

Paper Flower tutorial

Take one pipe cleaner and twist it around the middle of the napkin fan to create a bow shape:

Paper Flower tutorial

And then take your scissors and round off both of the edges to make them into little semi-circles:

Paper Flower tutorial

so it looks like this (do not worry AT ALL if it's not absolutely perfect!):

Paper Flower tutorial

Fan the bow out a bit,

Paper Flower tutorial

And starting with the top layer on one side, pull each napkin in towards the center of the bow:

Paper Flower tutorial

Paper Flower tutorial

Continue with each layer (obviously 4 total):

Paper Flower tutorial

Paper Flower tutorial

When you're done with one half, start on the other!

Paper Flower tutorial

And ta-da! How fantastic is this! I absolutely adore them (:

Paper Flower tutorial

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).

Paper Flower tutorial

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:

Paper Flower tutorial

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!

How are your DIY projects coming? Anyone else attempting paper flowers? I hope everything is going perfectly!

Paper Flower tutorial

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  • Very interesting!!! I really like this idea.
    You spend a few minutes and you get something unique.
    Thank you for your idea.

  • Nice. Very creative. I never would have thought of that but it looks geat

  • Rachael

    I love these! I have a matching tutorial for giant flower poofs out of tissue paper that I'd planned to use, and I'd been trying to figure out what I might be able to make myself that would go with them. A few of these interspersed with whatever other flowers I end up making (I'm collecting DIY flower tutorials at the moment; it's dangerous) will tie stuff together for SO little money! I love it, thank you so much!

  • Ana R.

    Thank you for posting this, I will make these adorable flowers to decorate the pews!! They're better than the boring ribbons I was gonna use 🙂

  • Caryn

    Love them!! I am making similar ones out of tissue paper and using them for the aisles as well. Nice job!

  • This is such a great idea. Inexpensive and beautiful. The best part is you can have your bridal party help make them and you will be finished in no time and you can do it weeks before the wedding so it is one less thing to stress about on your big day.

  • TinyHandsMD

    Fluffies! We used to make these to decorate our floats for the high school homecoming parade and spray paint them. I thought about it, but wasn't sure how it would work. Of course, back then we used cheap white napkins, but with the better quality ones and different colors, they turned out super cute! I love it!

  • I love to make these and as so excited to see them in a bouquet.

  • Those look fantastic! Seriously, I think I may have to give those a go this weekend.

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  • Lovely !

  • Amber

    I love these. I am not a very gifted when it comes to crafts because mainly I don't have the patience but these are quick and simple to make. Thank you for the idea!

  • Dear

    I just made a test flower out of toilette paper and a drinking straw wrapper. No sense buying supplies until I know I can make them. My test flower came out pretty nice! The layers are so nice and fluffy. I think when the time comes to make the real ones, I will add different tones to the flowers. 🙂

  • Louise M

    I adore these as decorations! I actually stumbled across your page looking for craft ideas to entertain kids at vacation care, this well suit the older girls to a tee. I’ve also bookmarked your page for my own wedding inspiration.

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