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How to make napkin flowers

Updated on January 16, 2016
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Here's a cute, easy, inexpensive way to pretty up your Valentine's Day. These napkin flowers are are such an easy and inexpensive way to say 'I Love You". Be green and use up all your left over paper napkins. The more colors or patterns the better. Use them as your table centerpiece for a romantic dinner, pop one on your Valentine's pillow just before bed. Maybe you just want to give the most special person in your life one - yourself!

Things you need.

This is enough to make 1 really large flower or 4 smaller flowers.

  • 1x elastic band or florists wire
  • Scissors.
  • 4x paper napkins the same size (you can also use tissue paper).
  • Straws for stems are optional

Instructions for a large flower.

  1. Open out your 4 paper napkins and line them up neatly on top on each other. Make sure all the edges are even and flatten the napkins done well. You can cut the edges/border off if you want but I often leave them as it gives it a different texture and variety.
  2. At one end start pleating the napkin, folding back and fourth like your going to make a fan. Make each pleat about an inch wide.
  3. Once you have pleated the whole napkin pinch the middle tightly and wrap the elastic band or wire around as tightly as you can.
  4. With your scissors cut a shape in the end of the napkins. You can do an arc for a rose looking flower or zigzag ends to look more like a carnation.
  5. Bend the sides of the napkins up so that the ends meet each other.
  6. On one of the sides very gently separate the two leaves from each napkin. Each one should start to look like the petals of a flower.
  7. Turn the napkins around and do the same for the other side interweaving with the petals from the first side.

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Instructions for 4 small flowers.

  1. Open out your 4 paper napkins and line them up neatly on top on each other. Make sure all the edges are even and flatten the napkins done well.
  2. Cut the napkins along the center fold lines so you end up with four squares on napkins.
  3. Take one lot of squares and at one end start pleating the napkin, folding back and fourth like your going to make a fan. Make each pleat about 1.5cm wide if you can manage it..
  4. Once you have pleated the whole napkin pinch the middle tightly and lay a straw length ways underneath now wrap the elastic band or wire around the whole lot as tightly as you can.
  5. With your scissors cut a shape in the end of the napkins. You can do an arc for a rose looking flower or zigzag ends to look more like a carnation.
  6. Bend the sides of the napkins up so that the ends meet each other.
  7. On one of the sides very gently separate the two leaves from each napkin. Each one should start to look like the petals of a flower.
  8. Turn the napkins around and do the same for the other side interweaving with the petals from the first side.

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Other ideas for flower uses.

  • Cut up the middle tube of a paper towel roll or use shower rings and hot glue the flowers on to make pretty napkin holders.
  • Make a dozen or more flowers to put in a posie.
  • Tie 5 large flower together and hang from the ceiling with fairylights strung around them for a romantic night sky.
  • Pin different colored small flowers in rows or swirls on a cork board for a personal pretty touch in a girls room.
  • Attach a lovely message to a flower and give them out for Mother's day to all the special mum's you know.
  • Use the flowers as a cake topper.
  • Staple them to a headband for an instant head garland.
  • Decorate a guest room or office.

Have a stash of napkins and wire and you can whip these up in no time for any occasion. Everyone is ALWAYS impressed with these flowers. They are a lovely, thoughtful and cost effective way of saying 'I love you!'

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    • Frangipanni profile imageAUTHOR

      Frangipanni 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for reading Joanne M Olivieri . They are very easy.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 

      5 years ago

      Oh, I like this idea so much and it sounds very easy to do. Something even I can do. Thanks so much for the tips and how to.

    • Frangipanni profile imageAUTHOR

      Frangipanni 

      5 years ago

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee. Oh toilet paper is a good idea too. I've didn't think of that.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Great idea on the paper flowers. We used to make paper flowers in grade school. Our materials were pipe cleaners and toilet paper in various colors. Looks easy to do it your way. Will give it a try. I love creating things. Passing this on.

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