Paper napkin flowers for your DIY Home Decor Ideas
I've been busy, and I haven't posted in a while. How have you been? I hope all is well. I’m making decorations for Thanksgiving, using paper napkins I have. At this time, I have no pictures; I'm still working on that. But I have some photos of paper napkin flowers I made before. There is no instructions or supplies-specific list for each flower. So, you won't see a lot of text. I'll add short descriptions along with each image that I hope will be helpful. I used napkins and the same concept I utilized in Rolled Tissue Paper Flowers in 3–Steps to make most of the flowers on this page. Exceptions are leaves, a few solid red flowers flowers, and a couple of others I would point out.
Here are some ideas in pictures.
Pretty paper napkins make beautiful flowers
I never thought of how to make flowers out of paper napkins. But like coffee filters and cupcake liners, those pretty paper napkins couldn’t escape my grasp. They came to mind as I explored textures for paper flower arrangements. They are available in a plethora of colors, and you’ll find the flowers satisfying and easy to make. Who doesn’t like that? They are fragile though; some more so than others. Depending on the quality, you can dip-dye them without fear of them tearing or ripping.
ADDING AND REMOVING COLOR IS EASY
Dip-dyeing paper napkins are easy. And if you will like to try, there are more details on another page. But for now, here's a short description. (a) Pour water into a shallow receptacle until it's about two thirds full. (b) Add color or bleach and mix thoroughly. (c) Dip one end of the stacked and folded napkins into the solution, and remove. Taking them out of the mixture promptly is important. Because some tints will lose all their color if they're left too long. Even worse, some will disintegrate. There's a lot more to learn if you want the best results, and beautiful color gradation, without losing your napkins. Find out more ABOUT DIP-DYEING here.
They’ll take a few hours to dry depending on room temperature and the stack size. Overnight drying is not a bad idea. Completely dry napkins are less likely to rip or tear during separation.
MAKE FLOWERS WITH PAPER NAPKINS USING CIRCLES OR STRIPS
Colored napkins can save you time, and you can skip the dyeing. But the results will be less interesting. Hues will be flat as opposed to the gradation that comes with dip-dyeing. Cut napkins in rectangular strips or circles. For the rectangles, you'll need to shape the petals on one end and gather the base. Use the same method found in Rolled Tissue Paper Flowers in 3-Steps.
And for circles, you will be folding them into cone shapes and rounding the edges to create petals. Assembling them involves stacking, gluing and adding centers. Complete step by step instructions is recorded in the How to make easy DIY Coffee Filter Flowers post. Either way is easy. Apart from, colored or white napkins, a few supplies are all you will need.
YOU WILL NEED
Floral tape or low tack masking tape
Precut wire stems, wire on a roll or skewers
Wire cutters if stems are not precut
Purchase centers or make your own with cut off napkin borders
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
A shallow container with water plus coloring agent or bleach if dip-dyeing
CRAFT IDEAS WITH PAPER NAPKINS
Besides flowers and leaves, you can use pretty paper napkins to make a host of decorations.
For children and adult parties:
Use as an under layer with cellophane to wrap small gifts and favors.
Decorate loot bags with paper napkin flowers or pompoms
Create a garland by tying pompoms or flowers at selected distances apart on a string.
Cut out the center of paper plates or circular pieces of cardboard; reserve the middle for other crafts and glue flowers to the base to create wreaths.
Use wreaths in a number of ways: Hang on doors or windows; lean larger wreaths against a wall; or place smaller sizes at the base of tall centerpieces to create a tiered look.
Use the same principle as above to cut out letters and glue flowers to cardboard or foam board to display names or messages in a prominent place.
Outside of previously mentioned projects, use paper napkin flowers to express your creativity and punch up your room or party decor.
To lively up a room, cut in strips, fold, and cut out designs paper-doll style. Glue together and hang.
Use them to decoupage:
Decorate/decoupage plain paper
Picture and mirror frames
Modge Podge Ultra permits you to decoupage on fabric for decorative purposes only; more information here.
I’ve been thinking
Since I discovered that, I’ve been thinking to decoupage some home decor items including a painted floorcloth. Though I’m not sure how much underfoot traffic it will be able to withstand. But I tend to bend, sometimes break, the rules in crafting. If it doesn’t work, I’ll hang it on the wall. Still, there are napkins, kitchen towels, cushion covers, and a valance to be decorated. Who knows? Maybe, I’ll glamorize the back of a slip-covered dining chair; I’ll keep you posted.
Have I inspired you yet? I sure hope so. Now, it’s your turn to gather some supplies and get crafting. And you don’t have to do it alone. Have a friend join you, and make a bunch of pretty paper napkin flowers. How I wish I could be there. Hunch, you can take pictures and share.
As always, Thank you for stopping by and sharing your time.
If the LORD will, I’ll see you next the time you drop in.