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DIY Paper Flowers {without a die cutting machine}

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching it’s time to start thinking about gifts and ideas for the special mother’s in your life. Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make paper flowers without a die cutting machine. It’s no secret that I enjoy using my die cutting machines, but I still like using punches just as much as I used to! These flowers are made with a punch, layered to create an ombre effect, and finished with a button in the center. You can use the paper flowers in a bouquet, centerpiece for your Mother’s Day brunch, or to wear as a boutonniere.

Easy paper flower tutorial

DIY paper flowers without a die cutting machine


punches in various styles


tape runner

hot glue

DIY Paper Flowers Tutorial

Step one: Punch two strips of paper for each color (each flower has six strips of paper total). The lighter the paper the easier it is to repeatedly punch, but unfortunately also makes a flimsier flower. I used heavy cardstock for my flowers.

Step two: Slightly overlap one strip on top of the other for each color. I used a tape runner to glue them together.

Step three: Using a low-temp hot glue gun glue the first strip in a circular pattern. Keep wrapping the paper around, gluing every couple of inches. Then repeat with the next two strips, starting where the previous strip ended.

Step four: Glue a button in the center, the more it sparkles the better. :)

Step five (optional): hand cut leaves and glue to the back of the flower. Glue a felt circle onto the flower and add a pin on top.

DIY Paper Flowers Tutorial

Now you have pretty paper flowers to add to your gift wrap or to wear this Mother’s Day!

Easy DIY Paper Flowers


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  1. These look great! I love that you used a punch – it adds such nice detail without a lot of work!

  2. I loved this flower idea my girlfriends will love this idea when they see it on my table for our get together. The leather bracelets are cute and I have 4 grand daughters and they love the bling bling. I find scraps of leather in various sizes frequently at yard sales so I will be making those for a stocking stuffer at xmas.

  3. I love these! So cute! I love your punch as well! What brand is it? I would love to look for it the next time I hit up Hobby Lobby or Michael’s! Thanks so much for sharing!

    It’s Always Ruetten

  4. That’s so fun and easy!! What a great project for Mother’s Day! Thanks so much for the idea!!

  5. I love this tutorial SO much!!! I can totally see myself making these for my daughter.

  6. I love this! They are so cute! Where did you get your punches?

  7. Oh wow–what an awesome idea! I can’t wait to go pull out some punches and start making my own!

  8. Very Pretty and creative! Love the bright colors, thank you for sharing! I came to visit via Clean and Scentsible Party! Have a great week!

  9. Those are gorgeous, Crystal!! So many fun crafting possibilities! Awesome job : )

    xoxo Liz

  10. I just LOVE this idea Crystal! I even have some punches that would totally work for this – so excited!

  11. These are such a cute twist on paper flowers. I have always made mine freehand, good Idea on the punches.

    Kristy O @ 3 Peppers Recipes

  12. These are absolutely STUNNING!!!

  13. Adorable!!

  14. Wow these look amazing! Come ink up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share your post with us. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/04/centerpiece-wednesday.html

  15. Oh Crystal, these are SO cute!!! Great job! :)

  16. These are so beautiful. I just love the way the paper looks with the buttons and the colors you used. A great craft to add a special touch to any gift. Thanks for sharing. I pinned! Hope to see you at True Aim!

  17. Those are seriously the cutest paper flowers I’ve EVER seen!

    We’d love for you to share your posts with our readers at our weekly Finished Friday Link-up.

  18. These are so lovely!

  19. C.U.T.E -

  20. These flowers are fabulous! I wonder if any of the border punches I have would work. . . thanks for inspiring!

  21. So cute! They are so full, love it!

  22. These are so pretty and easy!! Love that kind of project!

  23. Awesome! Another use for my punches!

  24. YES! Thank you for doing a tutorial without the cutting machine :) (You know, now all of us are lucky to have the machine) These are gorgeous…must pin :)

  25. What a unique idea! I’ve never seen something like this. Thanks for sharing.

    I’d love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with free patterns and templates to share are invited to link up!

  26. I just love paper flowers!!! Absolutely adorable! It would be awesome if you could join my Link Party on Sundays and the Pin Hop on Thursdays.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend

    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

  27. These are just perfect!!! and surprisingly easy to make!!

    would love for you to share this on my link party Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xx

  28. SOOOOOOO CUTE! I just love them. Pssst dang you get lots of comments. I wish I got that many on my creative, decor posts. I don’t know why I don’t get more? sad face. Anyway, mini rant. sorry. Hugs, jen

  29. Beautiful!! And your pictures are really gorgeous too!

  30. Gorg! I just posted some tissue paper flowers I made but these are even better! So lovely. Would you mind sharing this on a new link party I host with 5 other blogs: Moonlight & Mason Jars Mondays! We feature 5 blogs who link up every week. The party closes at midnight on Wednesday. I know our readers will LOVE these too! :)

    Jenn Pilgrim

  31. Those are beautiful, Crystal! Just pinned.

  32. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured on Wednesday – most viewed link!

    –Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  33. Featuring you tonight ;) Thank you for coming to the party!

  34. Carol Hepler says:

    Thanks for sharing

  35. Bev Naujoks says:

    These are so sweet, I’d love to find a way to put stems on them. I think they’d make a cute centerpiece for a garden party, bridal shower, a ladies luncheon or afternoon tea.

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