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Baking Cups Lily of the Valley DIY

The month of May’s flower is Lily of the Valley, those sweet little white bells with the loveliest scent. Which means these Lily of the Valley paper flowers – made out of small white baking cups – are a perfect handmade gift for Mother’s Day. Sadly, they don’t smell as good as the real thing, but we’ll just pretend they do!

Baking Cups Lily of the Valley DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Baking Cups Lily of the Valley DIY | Oh Happy Day!Baking Cups Lily of the Valley DIY | Oh Happy Day!Baking Cups Lily of the Valley DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Step 1: Carefully cut from the edge to the center of a baking cup, being careful to retain the shape of the cup.
Step 2: Glue the cut edge of the cup, cross over to make the cup smaller, and hold tip glue sets. Handle gently to avoid crushing the bell shape.
Step 3: Cut a 6″ length of wire and twist the end to create a small 1/4″ size loop.
Step 4: Poke the straight end of the wire through the inside of the cup. The loop will keep the paper from coming off the other side.
Step 5: Using floral tape, wrap the entire length of the wire, from the baking cup to the bottom of the wire.
Step 6: Repeat steps 1-5 to create 5 more flowers.
Step 7: Twist the head of the flower down, so it mimics the shape of a Lily of the Valley.
Step 8: Attach all five flowers in a row, using floral tape. Adjust and move the wires and flowers as you go.
Step 9: Cut a large leaf shape out of crepe paper, attach to wire with floral tape, and cover wire with tape.
Step 10: Repeat to create a bouquet – wrap in colorful tissue, or arrange in a vase.

Baking Cups Lily of the Valley DIY | Oh Happy Day!
Baking Cups Lily of the Valley DIY | Oh Happy Day!Baking Cups Lily of the Valley DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Photography by Tim Gibson

  1. so darling, really! really. but does it make me dorky, old, weird, sentimental (or the combination) that to this day ‘lily of the valley’ always makes me think of the I Love Lucy episode? . . . sorry to be distracting, lol!!

  2. Ann @ LiveGrowWrite

    April 21, 2015

    These are so adorable! Great for Mother’s Day. Something that will last beyond a few days. Love it! Thanks for sharing,


  3. Anika Yael Natori

    April 21, 2015

    I love how delicate and pretty they are.. Very creative!

  4. ania @ the new diplomats wife

    April 22, 2015

    when i was in grade school, in inner city chicago, we actually made something similar in french class but with styrofoam egg cups from old cartons and green pipe cleaners, and then our teacher would lightly spray them with lily of the valley perfume and i remember thinking she was so elegant for that. now i wonder if eggs even come in styrofoam containers anymore. this version is certainly much prettier but still made me think of those days…

  5. Patricia

    April 22, 2015

    they look so great!
    i’m excited to do this!
    great idea

    best, patricia from

  6. Despina

    April 22, 2015

    What a great idea!I will pin this for later, I really want to try it!

  7. Jamie

    April 22, 2015

    Such a creative use of baking cups! Looks lovely!

  8. Nastasia

    April 25, 2015

    Okay….I just found your blog and I’m actually obsessed. Your use of colors and…well…happiness is just so nice to see! I am such a little DIY diva so seeing all your great ideas is so inspiring. Especially this adorable flower (that I can’t possibly kill)! Man I’m on this probject for sure!

  9. gina

    May 4, 2015

    Oh, my! These are just too adorable! Adorable! I suddenly need cake! and a party.

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