Paper Towel Roll Flowers




Tools & Materials
• paper towel roll core
• Scissors
• Button
• Paper Glue
• Page of Paper (can be recycled from an old book or magazine)
• Brown Paper Shopping Bag
• 28 Guage Wire (or wire that you can bend and manipulate that is heavy enough to hold up a paper flower)
• Wire Cutters
• White Craft Paint (optional)
• Small paint brush (optional)


Step 1: Cut Roll

Cut the paper towel roll lengthwise (fig. A)

Step 2: Measure and Cut Again

From the cute, measure 1” and mark. Cut off the 1” marked area (fig. B).

Step 3:

Cut four strips from the roll anywhere between a .5” and .75” wide (fig. C).

Take the remaining roll and measure, mark and cut 1.5” from one of the edges (similar instruction number two). Cut two strips from this roll approximately .5” wide.

Step 4: Cutting the Petals

Take the six strips and free-form cut the petals similar to the shape shown in fig. D. These petals do not have to be exact, just make sure that the center tapers in.

Step 5: Glue Petals

Glue two of the larger petals at 90* angles. Repeat with the remaining petals keeping the larger and smaller petals grouped together (fig. E).

If you would like to add a bit of texture or color to your flower, take some craft paint and dry brush some paint on the tips of the petals. On the smaller group of petals I added some paint to the center also.

Step 6: Glue Flower Together

After the glue has dried, glue the groupings on top of each other, keeping the smaller petals for the top. Glue a button to the center of the flower (fig. F).

Step 7: Starting the Stem

From a piece of recycled paper use the pattern from fig. G to cut the calyx for the flower. Curl the ends of the calyx by wrapping them around a paint brush, pencil, etc.

Step 8:

Take the wire and cut it double the length that you would like your stem. Fold the wire in half and twist together. Take one tip of the wire and bend it about a .25 at a 90° angle (fig. H1).

Cut a strip or two from the brown paper bag. Starting at the straight end of the wire stem, glue the end of the paper to the wire and start to wrap the paper to cover the wire (fig. H2).

Make sure to add a dab of glue here and there to keep the paper secure to the wire stem (fig. H3). Stop wrapping short of the 90° bend.

Step 9: Glue Calyx to Flower

* BEFORE CONTINUING TO THE NEXT STEP, please make sure the glue on the flower is completely dry.

Turn over flower and glue one of the calyx pieces to the bottom (fig. I). Let dry.

Step 10: Attach Stem

Take the stem and glue the bend to the bottom of the flower by taking the second calyx piece and gluing it to the flower bottom sandwiching the metal bend between the calyx and the flower. It will be necessary to hold the wire in place until the glue dries (fig. J).

Step 11: All Done!

Your flower is complete!



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    9 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    These are just great!!! will be making them for my large floor standing arrangement I'm busy making. Thanks for sharing


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This would make a great pattern for an outdoor metal flower. Your's is a great indoor version thanks.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Always i am saving the rolls to use them in many purpose in my lab...This one is cute, practical, neat, and you can gift it. I will try it for sure.....thnx for the idea

    Saturn V

    8 years ago on Introduction

    You should enter this in the DIY wedding contest. It's great!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I love makiing things out of throwaways. Especially anything to do with flowers. I will make this. Thank you By the way I love this site


    8 years ago on Introduction

    awesome!! too bad I threw away the roll I was saving for something special but that I couldn´t find... until now! :D thanks!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I just happen to have a roll right now that I was just going to toss in the recycling, now I can make something pretty with it, Thanks!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Too cute!!! I love how you use the curve of the roll as the shape of the petals. Very smart.