Easy Magazine Flowers

A few years ago, my youngest daughter made me a beautiful flower as a Mother’s Day gift in school.  I have moved that precious flower three times and still treasure it.  These easy magazine flowers are a fun quick project to make for party decorations or for children to make as a Mother’s Day gift.Easy Magazine Flowers for Mother's Day - Organized 31

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This is a great recycling project to use up those magazines and catalogs you have lying around. 


Old magazines and catalogs

Green pipe cleaners

Paper cutter or scissors

Hole punch

Take the magazines and catalogs and pull out the most colorful pages you can find. The picture isn’t important, you’re looking for bright colors.  Text on the pictures is okay.Easy Magazine Flowers - Organized 31

Cut the paper into strips 1/2 inch to 1 inch wide based on your preference.  In cutting the paper strips, also consider the picture and any areas you want to cut out or preserve.  Sort the paper strips into similar colors.  The color groups don’t have to be exact (they aren’t in nature), just similar.Easy Magazine Flowers - Organized 31

Fold the paper strip into a loop and punch a hole in the middle of the loop (be sure to punch the hole through both overlapping ends).  Easy Magazine Flowers - Organized 31

 If your paper strip has an eye or face in the middle, sometimes a carefully placed hole will keep it pretty and keep it from looking creepy (Little Shop of Horrors flower, anyone?).Easy Magazine Flowers - Organized 31

Thread a pipe cleaner into the hole.  Bend a little ledge into your pipe cleaner to keep the loops from sliding down your pipe cleaner while you’re assembling the flower.Easy Magazine Flowers - Organized 31

Add paper strips until your flower is as full as you’d like.  Twist the end of the pipe cleaner into a small loop to hold the paper strips in place.Easy Magazine Flowers - Organized 31

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Mix and match colors and patterns in your flowers to your creative heart’s content.  Have fun making these happy little flowersEasy Magazine Flowers - Organized 31

Warning: making these easy magazine flowers is addictive.  You can’t make just one.Easy Magazine Flowers for Party Decorations- Organized 31


  1. says

    I love this and think it is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for little ones to make. I can also see these being made with Christmas wrapping paper and used on gifts! Great idea!

    • susan says

      It didn’t occur to me to make them into a wreath (I didn’t get the wreath making gene), what a great idea. I may just have to make my first wreath!

  2. Jessica Martinez says

    So cute! I can’t wait to make these tonight with my little men so they can give to their teachers this week!!

    • susan says

      I was thinking the same thing about using them as embellishments on gift packages (great minds must think alike :).


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