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Paper Calla Lilies DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

Usually when I think of calla lilies, I think of plain old white ones. But there is a whole world of colored calla lilies out there. Gorgeous pinks, corals, mangos, yellows, and deep purple, even. Colors that make me want to go find gelato or sorbet right this instant. Here is a simple way to dress up a gift using just a few supplies – maybe for your dear, sweet mom for Mothers Day?!

Materials needed: various colored paper, tape, stapler, hole punch, yellow crepe paper streamer, scissors.

Step 1: Begin by cutting a square of paper in the shape of the top left image shown above. The size of the paper will depend on the size of the flower you want. I used a range of 3 – 5 inch squares.

Step 2: Cut a 5 inch piece of crepe paper, fold it in thirds width wise, then in half length wise (I made a bunch of these all at once, production line-style). Pick up your petal shaped paper and bend both sides together while holding the crepe paper rectangle inside. Staple the layers at the base of the flower and set aside.

Step 3: Repeat, and staple this flower to your first flower. When you have two or three flowers stapled together, you will want to hide the staples by covering them with a green leaf. I used a little double-stick tape to secure the leaf to the flowers.

Step 4: Punch a hole through the leaf and flowers, for your ribbon, twine or string to go through.

Step 5: Wrap your gift and tightly tie your flowers on top.

You can put as many flowers on each gift as you like – check out the photos below where I went kind of nutso with the flowers!

I have to give credit to Abbey at Aesthetic Outburst for the clever and cute idea of using neon electrical flagging tape – available at the hardware store – to wrap gifts.

Happy Wrapping!

  1. Sarah

    April 25, 2012

    I swear the most simple and clever ideas like this always win for me. This is fabulous!

    – Sarah

  2. Mrs Average Bride

    April 25, 2012

    These are really neat! THanks for sharing.

  3. SaucyPants

    April 25, 2012

    OMG! I love these. Great for gift wrapping for Mother’s Day!

  4. Lianna

    April 25, 2012

    So pretty – I love them on top of the presents but I feel like you could use them for so many things!

  5. Igor

    April 25, 2012

    What a cute and simple DIY idea!! Love it, guess even I could do it:-)) Cheers from Munich, Igor

  6. SuzyMcQ

    April 25, 2012

    So pretty and simple. Have to love that!

  7. Alexa

    April 25, 2012

    Oh these are gorgeous. Such a perfect addition to a spring gift!

  8. Liz Scherotter

    April 25, 2012

    You’ve done it again! Beautiful!!!!

  9. Soo-Jin

    April 25, 2012

    LOVE!! even I could do this!!

  10. Holiday Party SOS

    April 25, 2012

    I LOVE these. The box does not even need a gift this Mothers Day, the package is enough!

  11. Fun Fun

    April 25, 2012

    So much fun. I’ll try with my girls!

  12. lenya

    April 25, 2012

    How clever!!!! I love adding personality to wrapping and this is a great idea.

    Lenya xx

  13. Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers

    April 25, 2012

    Aww, I love it! Very cute!


  14. Kate

    April 25, 2012

    This would be such a fun project to do with a kid! will def keep it in mind next tim eI’m babysitting my friend’s kids 🙂

    <3 Kate

  15. Manon

    April 26, 2012

    Looks amazing! So cute, thanks for sharing.

  16. Donna

    April 26, 2012

    So pretty, and simple to make. Love these!

  17. LindseyBee

    April 26, 2012

    this IS a great idea for Mother’s Day! Genius! It’s just adorable & lovely all wrapped into one….no pun intended…

  18. Isabelle

    April 26, 2012

    My sister’s birthday is tomorrow and I am definitely putting these on her gift! Thanks for the idea!

  19. brandi

    April 26, 2012

    Such a beautiful idea!

  20. Megan

    April 26, 2012

    What a cute idea! Totally going to do this for mothers day!

  21. Kacie

    April 26, 2012

    I love this. What charming but simple wrapping. I pinned it! =)


  22. Larissa

    April 27, 2012

    Simple, but very pretty. Thank you!

  23. Freya

    April 28, 2012

    You have the BEST tutorials!

  24. Jo

    April 29, 2012

    wow! These look simple to make yet are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  25. cherrie

    April 29, 2012

    the flowers are really nice and it seems easy to make! thanks so much 😀

  26. England Furniture

    April 30, 2012

    These paper calla lilies are wonderful. Thanks for the instructions and all the great pictures.

  27. Constance

    May 1, 2012

  28. Anneliese

    May 1, 2012

    So fabulous! Beautiful! Maybe this is what I need for a summer shindig.

  29. Corner Story

    May 1, 2012

    You have done it again! Lovely paper posies.

  30. generique

    May 2, 2012

    so simple – so brilliant)

  31. Floortje

    May 2, 2012

    Great DIY!
    I really like your blog dear!
    Keep posting!

  32. Tan Sandals

    May 3, 2012

    This is amazing! That was very artistic.

  33. Sarah

    May 8, 2012

    Oh my gosh I could spend all day on your website pinning and attempting crafts at my desk! You’re so creative and it’s awesome that you found an outlet for the creativity that we can all benefit from

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