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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.

 
Above:  2-ply napkins dip-dyed and separated in singles, make up the flowers above. Single sheets of the same napkins, fringed and rolled on a stem created the centres.

Above: 2-ply napkins dip-dyed and separated in singles, make up the flowers above. Single sheets of the same napkins, fringed and rolled on a stem created the centres.

 

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.

 
Above:  The deep pink paper napkins is an easy craft. Twisting some petals at the tips lends create variation and contrast to the single colour arrangement.

Above: The deep pink paper napkins is an easy craft. Twisting some petals at the tips lends create variation and contrast to the single colour arrangement.

 

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.

 
Above:  I was trying to make some shabby chic flowers here. The 2-ply napkins started deep pink. I used that end for the base and the dip-dyed edge for the petals.

Above: I was trying to make some shabby chic flowers here. The 2-ply napkins started deep pink. I used that end for the base and the dip-dyed edge for the petals.

 

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.

 
Above:   Experiments gone right.  For this one, and the other two red flowers below, I didn’t use the roll and wrap method.But I did cut circles and some pleasing shapes, and stacked them as I would coffee filter flowers.I didn’t use templates either.

Above: Experiments gone right. For this one, and the other two red flowers below, I didn’t use the roll and wrap method.But I did cut circles and some pleasing shapes, and stacked them as I would coffee filter flowers.I didn’t use templates either.

 
Above:  I made this one using the coffee filter fold, cut, stack, and glue method.

Above: I made this one using the coffee filter fold, cut, stack, and glue method.

 

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. 

 
Above:  Made using the coffee filter flowers technique - fold, cut, stack and glue.

Above: Made using the coffee filter flowers technique - fold, cut, stack and glue.

 
Above:  These beauties use the   Rolled Tissue Paper Flowers in 3–Steps     method. The shape comes from holding the petals on an angle, as you would when covering stems with tape.

Above: These beauties use the Rolled Tissue Paper Flowers in 3–Steps method. The shape comes from holding the petals on an angle, as you would when covering stems with tape.

 

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. 

 
Above:  The flower gained its organic looking shape from printed napkins. I cut out the petals, gathered them, and applied the centre and stem.

Above: The flower gained its organic looking shape from printed napkins. I cut out the petals, gathered them, and applied the centre and stem.

 
Above:  I was looking for a lightweight flower here. so, I separated 2-ply napkins. It’snot what I was looking for. I’ll try with another napkin. Sometimes, that’s all it takes.

Above: I was looking for a lightweight flower here. so, I separated 2-ply napkins. It’snot what I was looking for. I’ll try with another napkin. Sometimes, that’s all it takes.

 

YOU WILL NEED

Scissors

Floral tape or low tack masking tape

Precut wire stems, wire on a roll or skewers

Wire cutters if stems are not precut

Paper napkins

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

 
Above:  Gathering connected petals, pinching the tips, and rolling onto a stem produced this one.

Above: Gathering connected petals, pinching the tips, and rolling onto a stem produced this one.

 

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:

Clothing hangers

Decorate/decoupage plain paper

Mason jars

Lampshades

Furniture

Storage boxes

Picture and mirror frames

Vases

Modge Podge Ultra permits you to decoupage on fabric for decorative purposes only; more information here.

 
Above:  Dip=dyed paper napkin flowers.Notice the raised circular texture on the flower at centre? I made that one from the embossed napkin edges.

Above: Dip=dyed paper napkin flowers.Notice the raised circular texture on the flower at centre? I made that one from the embossed napkin edges.

 

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.

 
Above:  Deep pink paper napkins dip-dyed in crimson clothing dye created these hues.

Above: Deep pink paper napkins dip-dyed in crimson clothing dye created these hues.

 
Above:  Bright red paper napkins dipped in a water and bleach solution for different periods of time.

Above: Bright red paper napkins dipped in a water and bleach solution for different periods of time.

 
Above:  Leaves cut from a printed cocktail paper napkin and glued to coffee filters.

Above: Leaves cut from a printed cocktail paper napkin and glued to coffee filters.

 
Above:  I used   3-Ply pastel colored paper napkins to create the medium and largest petals. For the centre, I laminated pink tissue paper and banquet paper.

Above: I used 3-Ply pastel colored paper napkins to create the medium and largest petals. For the centre, I laminated pink tissue paper and banquet paper.

 
Above:  Looking up at a burst of ivory paper napkin leaves. I cut the leaves connected-style, and applied them as I would cover a stem.

Above: Looking up at a burst of ivory paper napkin leaves. I cut the leaves connected-style, and applied them as I would cover a stem.

 
Above:  Light blue cocktail napkins were used to make the flower. First, the borders were cut off and scalloped to create the centre. Then, I overlapped, gathered and wrapped them around the centre. To get the color, I dip-dyed the napkins in water and bleach.

Above: Light blue cocktail napkins were used to make the flower. First, the borders were cut off and scalloped to create the centre. Then, I overlapped, gathered and wrapped them around the centre. To get the color, I dip-dyed the napkins in water and bleach.

 
Above:  I bought some 2-ply ivory napkins online. But when they arrived, I found them a bit yellow. So, I mage flowers.

Above: I bought some 2-ply ivory napkins online. But when they arrived, I found them a bit yellow. So, I mage flowers.

 
Above:  I went in search of pretty napkins after I made the first set, and I got these. They were 3-ply cocktail napkins that turned out perfectly.

Above: I went in search of pretty napkins after I made the first set, and I got these. They were 3-ply cocktail napkins that turned out perfectly.

 
Above:  Multicolour paper napkins make these perfect for children’s parties. The beaded centre adds interest. I call it the child’s play napkin flower. The 3 ply napkin sported a colourful theme suited to a children’s parties. To make them, I cut off the borders. Then, I scalloped, gathered and rolled the strips. To keep the fun theme consistent, It used a bright purple glitter pompom for the centre.

Above: Multicolour paper napkins make these perfect for children’s parties. The beaded centre adds interest. I call it the child’s play napkin flower. The 3 ply napkin sported a colourful theme suited to a children’s parties. To make them, I cut off the borders. Then, I scalloped, gathered and rolled the strips. To keep the fun theme consistent, It used a bright purple glitter pompom for the centre.

 
Above:  This flower along with the one above and below it all came from the same napkin. I used different parts and centres for each.

Above: This flower along with the one above and below it all came from the same napkin. I used different parts and centres for each.

 
Above:  More of the same, yet different; this flower got a fringed centre. In both flowers above, I separated the napkins and used one layer. In this one, I kept them.

Above: More of the same, yet different; this flower got a fringed centre. In both flowers above, I separated the napkins and used one layer. In this one, I kept them.

 
Above:  Deep purple paper napkins dip-dyed in water and bleach. This also uses connected petals and a gathered base found in  Rolled Tissue Paper Flowers in 3-Steps.

Above: Deep purple paper napkins dip-dyed in water and bleach. This also uses connected petals and a gathered base found in Rolled Tissue Paper Flowers in 3-Steps.

 
Above:  Two different shades of blue paper napkins dip-dyed to achieve perfect colour coordination.

Above: Two different shades of blue paper napkins dip-dyed to achieve perfect colour coordination.

 
Above:  Deep blue paper 2-ply napkins make up these beauties.

Above: Deep blue paper 2-ply napkins make up these beauties.

 
Above:  2-Ply paper napkins were dip-dyed to create colour variation. I laminated two sets of paper to make the leaves. The darker hue is the colour of the paper napkin. and the bright blue is white banquet paper I painted blue.

Above: 2-Ply paper napkins were dip-dyed to create colour variation. I laminated two sets of paper to make the leaves. The darker hue is the colour of the paper napkin. and the bright blue is white banquet paper I painted blue.

 
Above:  This flower, and the two following comes from 3-ply napkins.

Above: This flower, and the two following comes from 3-ply napkins.

 
Above:  Connected petals with a purchased paper rose for a centre.

Above: Connected petals with a purchased paper rose for a centre.

 
Above:  A colourful napkin with deep brown hues gets brightened up with a blue and white centre made with crepe paper streamers.

Above: A colourful napkin with deep brown hues gets brightened up with a blue and white centre made with crepe paper streamers.

 
Above:  Ivory paper napkin leaves hanging above a mirror. The secret is, I placed them there, to keep them from getting crushed. I like it.

Above: Ivory paper napkin leaves hanging above a mirror. The secret is, I placed them there, to keep them from getting crushed. I like it.

 
Above:  Paper napkins don’t go to waste over here. I made these centres from the borders I cut off to make leaves.

Above: Paper napkins don’t go to waste over here. I made these centres from the borders I cut off to make leaves.

 
Sunny Orange Flowers   This bouquet was made with orange napkins dipped in water and bleach. The centres are created with cotton swabs coloured with a brown marker and borders with a fabric fringe. The tip of the same marker was used to create the brown spots near centre, at the base of the petals.

Sunny Orange Flowers

This bouquet was made with orange napkins dipped in water and bleach. The centres are created with cotton swabs coloured with a brown marker and borders with a fabric fringe. The tip of the same marker was used to create the brown spots near centre, at the base of the petals.

 
Paper Napkin Flower   Yellow paper napkins dipped in water and bleach solution produced the colour gradation in this sunny flower. I created the centre by fringing the cut-off border strips from the napkins.

Paper Napkin Flower

Yellow paper napkins dipped in water and bleach solution produced the colour gradation in this sunny flower. I created the centre by fringing the cut-off border strips from the napkins.

 
Above:  Deep orange paper napkins dipped in water and bleach take on a light yellow hue. Speckles from a marker, a darkened cotton swab and fringe form the centres.

Above: Deep orange paper napkins dipped in water and bleach take on a light yellow hue. Speckles from a marker, a darkened cotton swab and fringe form the centres.

 
Above:  Ivory paper napkin leaves mixed with light lemon coffee filter flowers; tis time, they are upright.

Above: Ivory paper napkin leaves mixed with light lemon coffee filter flowers; tis time, they are upright.

 

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.