Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and today I have some stunning gift ideas that you can easily make yourself with paper flowers.  A few weeks ago, I shared some inspiring large scale flower backdrops and if you love these giant paper flowers, you can see that post – HERE

To make smaller paper flowers, you can use paper punches or metal dies to cut them in a cutting machine, such as a Sizzix Big Shot or a Cricut Cuttlebug.

However, if you don’t have a cutting machine and all the metal dies, paper and equipment – you can absolutely short cut some paper flower gifts by visiting my craft shop and order already cut flowers that you can easily assemble and add them to anything.

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Below are several creative gift ideas you can make with paper flowers for your mother for Mother’s Day.

A beautiful handmade Mother’s Day card with 3-D flowers added on the front.

A paper flower wreath to hang on a door or wall inside the home.

A flower decorated birdhouse.

A flower monogram letter.

Instead of paper flowers, how about paper succulents as a table centerpiece.

A simple flower notebook and pin – perfect for a grocery list pad or a to do list notebook.

Framed wall art featuring handmade paper flowers will make your mother smile every day.

A flower bouquet that will never wilt would be the perfect Mother’s Day gift too!

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Paper Dahlia Flower Cone Wreath Tutorial

DIY PAPER CONE WREATH TUTORIAL

These decorative wall flowers really make a stunning statement in the home- or make several and use them behind your party table as a backdrop. They are often called Dahlia flower wreaths or chrysanthemum flower wreaths.  They look great hanging on the door or on the wall.  If done in all red, they also resemble Poinsettia flowers and look great with some red or gold glitter added to the tips for Christmas.  I love that they can me made in all one color-

Or in a mix of bright or soft pastel colors-

The prep on these can take some time, you will need to set aside a few hours to complete one wreath, as they do require many paper cones.  However, once the cones are all rolled and glued together- the assembly is quick.   These really do look stunning on the wall, because they are a three-dimensional piece of art.  Let’s gather your supplies and get started!

Materials
10 to 15 sheets – 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock paper in any one solid color or a mix of colors
Hot glue gun / Super glue or tacky glue (optional)
Hot glue sticks
15-inch diameter cardboard circle (cut from a box or chipboard)
Scissors or straight cutter
Ruler
Pencil

Instructions

  1. Select your colors of card stock.  It’s a good idea to plan out your design- are you going to make your cone wreath in all one color or a mix of colors?  Pull several sheets of your selected colors of card stock.
  2. With scissors or a straight cutter (generally the straight cutter will make the process go much faster)- cut (30) 7-by-7 -inch squares, (12) 5-by-5 -inch squares, (9) 3-by-3 -inch squares, and (7) 1-by-1 -inch squares out of your pieces of craft paper. Measure the sizes with a ruler and mark lightly with a pencil
  3. Now that all your squares are cut, to make the cones-take one of the squares and roll it into a cone shape. Hold the cone together by applying hot glue to the first side of your curl and then curl the other corner over it, pressing it onto the glue. Try to keep your cones as uniform as possible.  You do not need much hot glue- using your glue gun tip, smear it so it is a flat line, rather than a blob of glue as this will help your seam of your cone to lay flat.  If you prefer a more permanent glue, you can use a tacky craft glue and some clothespins to secure each cone until they dry.  Super glue is an option too I personally prefer the hot glue as it goes much faster.  Refer to the illustrations below to help form your cones.



Constructing The Cones & Assembling The Wreath

  1. Place the 15-inch circular card board circle or chipboard circle (I cut mine with a flipped over round Tupperware container by tracing around it onto a cardboard box but you can even use a a woven place mat, as shown below- place it on a flat surface. You will be using the hot glue gun to glue the cones to the circle. The cones should have the thinnest point facing in towards the center of the place mat.  I like to also trace a few different sizes of circles on my cardboard circle – just to help line up the cone tips and keep everything nice and even- but if you have a good eye, this is not necessary.
  2. To start, glue four 7-inch cones to the place mat letting the end of each cone overhang the place mat by 3 inches. One should be placed on the top, one on the bottom, one on the left, and one on the right. It should look like a compass and will allow you to evenly distribute your cone.

  1. Fill in the spaces between your four cones with more 7-inch cones remembering to let them all go past the edge of the placemat by 3 inches
  2. Next, hot glue another row of 7-inch cones on top of the existing row of 7-inch cones. Place them in the grooves created by the first row of cones. All of the pointed cone tips will meet in the center of the place mat.

  1. Hot glue a circular row of 5-inch cones within the grooves of the 7-inch cones followed by a row of 3-inch cones on the grooves of the 5-inch cones
  2. With the remaining (7) 1-inch cones hot glue (6) on top of the 3-inch cones and with the last 1-inch cone, glue it into the center
  3. To hang your wreath on the wall, simply add a ribbon loop on the back or you can Super glue a professional nail bracket to the back.

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DIY Flower Wreath Or Bouquet

PAPER FLOWER WREATH – DIY PROJECT

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A bouquet of fresh flowers is a beautiful sight; however after a few days in a vase they wither away. Why pay a fortune for fresh flowers when you can create a gorgeous paper bouquet or a flower wreath that lasts a lifetime, by using pages from a book! And don’t feel guilty about ripping up expensive books… get one from a thrift store for cheap! The flowers create a beautiful, timeless pattern that’s perfect for home décor or gifts. Use these flowers to embellish a wreath, decorate a book-themed party, scatter as a table arrangement, add as gift toppers, or gather together to form a lasting floral arrangement in a vase or on a wreath.

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The instructions for the flowers are for the flower style shown above, but there are so many different styles of flowers to make too!  So get creative and make as many different styles of flowers as you want for your bouquet or wreath.

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 Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Book
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Craft Sticks, Glass Marbles, Vase, or styrofoam wreath form (optional)

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

1.) To make each flower, rip out six pages from your book. Cut various petal sizes in your desired shape, ranging from 2″ to 3.5″.  Gently roll each book petal around the pencil (see image #1) to create a curved shaped petal.

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2.) Starting with your smallest petal, roll it completely into a tunnel shape to make your middle piece (see image #2), and seal it closed at the bottom with hot glue.

 

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3.) Wrap a new petal around the middle piece, and glue in place at the bottom. Layer outward and shape as you go, gluing each new petal in place at the bottom of your flower (see image #3).

 

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Once the flower is finished, it can be mounted on a craft stick or bamboo skewer, and placed into a vase.  Or simply hot glue each flower to a ribbon wrapped styrofoam wreath form.

Make as many flowers as needed for your wreath or bouquet.

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