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Paper Flower Bouquet DIY

Today I’m so excited to share a special DIY I designed for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. If you’ve ever visited a child in the hospital, you know that bringing in gifts or decorations can be tricky. Many hospitals have restrictions on what is allowed  into the pediatric floor  – no plants, no flowers, no latex, no food or candy, no stuffed animals, no used toys. So, this DIY is a great solution! It’s perfectly safe and will brighten up a hospitalized child’s room. It breaks my heart that this year one million children will spend Christmas in the hospital. So I love that CMN Hospitals is encouraging everyone to donate $5 in honor of these kids. To give, just click here and follow the steps. All donations to CMN Hospitals stay local and each hospital can choose to spend the funds however they need them most. CMN Hospitals raise funds for 170 children’s hospitals in North America. Together, they provide $3.4 billion in charitable care every year.

Paper Flower Bouquet | Oh Happy Day!Paper Flower Bouquet DIY | Oh Happy Day!Paper Flower Bouquet DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: Crepe Paper, Floral Wire, Floral Tape, Scissors, Ribbon

For Flowers with Round Stamen:
Step 1: Cut out 2 small pieces of crepe paper and a long piece of floral wire.
Step 2: Crumble one of the crepe paper pieces into a ball. Fold the other piece of crepe paper over the ball and squeeze around the bottom of the ball. Secure by wrapping one end of the floral wire around the base.

For Flowers with a Fringe Stamen:
Step 1: Cut out varying colors and sizes of fringe and a long piece of floral wire.
Step 2: Fold the fringe on top of itself to create the base of the flower and secure by wrapping one end of the floral wire around the base.

Step 3: Cut petals and fringe out of crepe paper. Begin placing the petals or fringe around the ball base of the flower and continue wrapping with floral wire to secure into place. Finish when you are are satisfied with the look of the petals and/or fringe. If you want, you can also cut out crepe paper leaves and attach them when your flower is finished.
Step 4: To create a stem, cut out another long piece of floral wire and wrap the middle around the base of the flower.
Step 5: Wrap the base of the flower with floral tape so that no wires poke out.

Once you have about 15 flowers, arrange them into a bouquet (alternating colors and sizes) and then secure into place by wrapping floral tape around the wires. At this point, you can attach crepe paper leaves with floral wire around the bottom of the arrangement to fill it out. Bend the wires to the size you want, then wrap with ribbon (so nothing pokes out.) We added multiple layers of ribbon so that the base was thicker.

Paper Flower Bouquet DIY | Oh Happy Day!Paper Flower Bouquet DIY | Oh Happy Day!

This post is brought to you by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donate $5 and give a miracle to a child in the hospital this Christmas.

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Photography by Gaby Esensten for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Alison Piepmeyer
Crafting and styling by Caitlin Barker

  1. STEL STYLE

    December 12, 2013

    I like this paper flower diy!!! I’ll do it!!!

  2. Ash

    December 12, 2013

    How inspiring! I am always unsure of what to bring to hospitals, but this is a great idea and will last forever! I will definitely be making/delivering these.

  3. deana

    December 12, 2013

    Love this so much!

    -Deana, from Birds&Oxfords
    [Check out our giveaway!]

  4. Sarah

    December 12, 2013

    Seriously beautiful! Can’t wait to make these for my friends this year.

  5. Bea

    December 12, 2013

    What a lovely and thoughtful idea. Such great colors, too!

  6. Evelyn Theus

    December 12, 2013

    They look very beautiful and so creative. I really like them!
    Greetings
    Evelyn

  7. lyndsay // coco cake land

    December 12, 2013

    aw jordan that is so sweet. your bouquet turned out perfectly. i bet you could make some sort of cute animal face flower to jam in the bouquet, too – maybe the kid’s favourite animal? xo

  8. PARIS BEE kids blog

    December 12, 2013

    So happy and pretty!!!! Definitely one I will try!

    xoxo PARIS BEE

  9. Alexandra {The Bijou Bride}

    December 13, 2013

    Just gorgeous and perfect for the bride that doesn’t do flowers x

  10. Rachel Faucett

    December 13, 2013

    Hi Jordan,

    I absolutely adore this project! Lovely! I can see the smiles that would come from receiving this sweet posie bouquet. Love Love Love! Oh happy Day forever + ever + ever!

    Yes!

    Rachel

  11. Zhi

    December 16, 2013

    This is such a lovely DIY. I’ve always thought paper flowers were impossibly hard to make so it’s great to get some step-by-step instructions here. Thank you!

  12. Stacia

    December 16, 2013

    I love paper flower bouquets. This one is stunning. I will definitely be trying my hand at some of these flowers!

  13. Kristin

    December 17, 2013

    What a great idea!

  14. Lisa Barton @ Vintage Celebrations

    December 23, 2013

    That’s so pretty and for such a great cause :) I create a lot of paper/fabric flowers for bouquets, wreathsm cards & giftwrap for longevity purposes and often find people keep these longer and even re-use them if they can bear to part with them 😉 I recently showcased a wreath with 7 different types of flowers made from a variety of materials – perhaps you’d like to take a look? http://www.vintagecelebrations.co.uk/2013/09/pinkies-blog-hop-autumn-inspired.html

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