How To…Make Your Own Paper Flowers

So today’s DIY tutorial from wedding planner Andri Benson of Always Andri doesn’t have to be restricted to just weddings (although how flipping adorable would these make as bouquets or centrepieces?!) I can totally imagine a big old bunch of these sat next to me on my desk.  So so pretty! And what a great use for all those pages and pages of magazine adverts? Let’s save the trees people.


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What you need:

♥ Shredding Scissors
♥ Masking or sticky tape
♥ Floral tape
♥ Wooden BBQ skewers
♥ Magazines

1. Tear colourful ads from magazines, I like Vogue or wedding magazines as they always have loads of full page double sided ads.

2. With the colours you like to see more of facing up, fold the page in half and then concertina each page back on its self so you have 3 folds.

3. With the folds facing up using the Shredding scissors cut along the strip, do not cut all the way down leave at least a centimetre uncut.

4. Once it’s all cut take your wooden skewer and tape the end of your cut paper strip to it (depending on whether your right or left handed it will feel better to roll in a certain direction , might just take trial and error find best direction to roll in.)

5. Then gently roll the strip round the skewer, keep the tension tight as you roll and pushing it up to form a nice rounded flower head.

6. Once rolled take some more tape and wrap it tightly round the base pulling the paper in.

7. Then take the floral tape you need to pull on the tape, stretching it slightly as you go and wrap it around the paper flower from the base down the skewer.

8. Finished!

Depending on the colour of the advert you can make different bunches and then pop them in a container of your choice, in true recycling fashion I used food cans here covered in another advert.

Photography Credit: Fanni Williams


  1. Matseliso

    This is going towards my recycling project. Beautiful idea and fun witb great returns. Many thanks!

  2. Heather Leuck

    I will have to try this. I have several old magazines and this project looks fairly easy to do. Thanks for posting it

  3. Patty Moen

    This is a great craft for kids. We used old phone books. The thin paper makes is easier to roll the flower. We used sticks that we picked up and pencils for the stems. Masking tape works well.

  4. Suzan

    What an awesome craft idea! I too am looking for easy and beautiful upcycling ideas for magazines for the students at my school.
    And another poster suggested branches and pencils as bottoms which is great for teachers!


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