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.
This is a great recycling project to use up those magazines and catalogs you have lying around. And this is the perfect craft project for children or beginning crafters.
Easy Magazine Flowers
Old magazines and catalogs
Green pipe cleaners
Paper cutter or scissors
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.
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.
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).
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?).
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.
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.
Mix and match colors and patterns in your flowers to your creative heart’s content. Have fun making these happy little flowers
Warning: making these easy magazine flowers is addictive. You can’t make just one.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.