Easy DIY: Paper Flowers & Painted Tacks

March 5, 2013

Hello everyone! How are you doing today? We have tons of sunshine and warmer temps so I’m feeling quite energized and ready to welcome in Spring. I thought today I would show a super easy project that I put together for you last month – I’ve been waiting to share it when it felt more appropriate for the season so now that March is here let’s think about Springtime decorating! This is a very quick and easy way to make paper flowers that you can tack all over your mood board or wall, or you can replace the thumb tack centers with a button or a badge or even a simple paper circle center in a complementary color and glue them to gifts instead of bows or you can make really large ones to put all over your walls for party decor. I’ve been excited lately about origami paper – no clue what brought that on – but I’m suddenly finding it gorgeous for the season so I’ve used sheets of it to make the flowers. Are you ready to see what I’ve come up with? I hope that you like it!

Easy DIY: Paper Flowers & Painted Tacks

Step 1: Grab some metal tacks and paint the tops with 2-3 coats of your favorite nail polish color – let dry – I left mine out overnight.
Step 2: Fold origami paper (or paper that is perfectly square) in half, then half again so you have a small square. Cut into the square to create your flower using scissors. Petals do not need to be perfect, have fun and experiment. You can also free hand flowers if you like or you can cut out some cardboard templates in various sizes, trace around them, and cut out your flowers. This works if you want to create larger blooms as well.
Step 3: Cut into the paper to create different sizes of petals and mix different papers and patterns, too. I use 4-5 layers to create my flowers. You can even mix up texture – try incorporating newspaper (I love the look of Japanese and Chinese newspapers), crepe paper and tissue paper for some layers along with paper.
Step 4: Stack your petals to see how they look and rearrange or cut new ones as needed.

Easy DIY: Paper Flowers & Painted Tacks

Step 5: Grab your thumb tack and stick it through the center! Now you can tack anywhere you’d like! You can also glue the petals in the center as you layer them and top it with a button or a circle you’ve cut using paper and add them to gifts, lamp shades or where you think you could add a little flower power in your home!

Easy DIY: Paper Flowers & Painted Tacks

Easy and beautiful! I hope that you try making them and let me know how yours came out!

xo, Holly

(photos: holly becker/decor8)


  • Reply Trinske Driscoll-Antonides March 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Oh, they’re gorgeous! I’ve been looking for how to make paper flowers myself as I wanted to make soft pink ones to bring the wall tree in my little girl’s room to blossom and a bit more girly:
    I have some beautiful pink Farrow & Ball wallpaper samples, so I’ll get going. Thanks Holly!

  • Reply Heather B March 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    “Easy” & “Beautiful” are two of my favorite words when linked to “DIY.” Success!!! Those are lovely & absolutely make-able!!! I like the nail-polish on the tacks idea too, it must make a pretty durable, enamel-like finish. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Andreia March 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    So beautiful!

  • Reply Rona March 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    What a lovely blog post Holly about my very favourite topic…flowers!

    I’ve printed it out so that I can make some when I’ve sourced some pretty paper :-).

    Thank you so much for sharing…

    Rona x

  • Reply Lauren March 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I’m going to try some of these for the corners of my bulletin board! I was just introduced to the wonders of painting thumb tacks with nail polish recently when I made these fun decorative push pins:
    I’m glad to have another idea to try the technique out with, as I already have plenty of tacks and nail polish :)

  • Reply Clare Taylor March 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Fun and fresh looking on this lovely sunny day. I’ll definitely share with my students. Thanks Cx

  • Reply Jessica March 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    These are so lovely and quite easy to make! I love the idea of using them to spruce up the bulletin boards in my home office!

  • Reply Frau Sued March 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    This is such a nice idea! I will make some flowers with my kids. They’ll love it!

  • Reply Frau Sued March 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    This is such a nice idea! I will make some flowers with my kids. They’ll love it!

  • Reply Jessica March 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    So much fun! I love the idea of sprucing up the bulletin boards in my home office with these. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Molly {Dreams in HD} March 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    simple and gorgeous!
    the perfect DIY.

  • Reply Chloe Moon March 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    What beautiful flowers to brighten up your day!! I have to remember this DIY! =)

  • Reply Juliette March 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I love it when you do these crafty-moment posts! They’re such a nice bit of personal Holly-pop that we can take over to our crafting desks. =)

    • Reply decor8 March 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      @Juliette thank you!!

  • Reply Thelma March 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    These are so cute! I’m going to add that to my project list and decorate (decor8!) my bulletin board! Thanks for the terrific idea!

  • Reply Silky Hart March 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    What a fresh and fun and easy project — thank you Holly for sharing this idea. I just bought some pretty papers so I’ll definitely be making some spring flowers.

  • Reply janika R March 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    cute project….

  • Reply tina March 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    great tutorial! thank you!

  • Reply Beccy March 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    These are lovely, what a great idea. So effective too!

  • Reply Vicki March 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    So simple and so cute!

  • Reply Olivia March 5, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    So cute! Love this!

  • Reply Rachel March 6, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Oh, i’m pinning this one! I love the idea of painting tacks with nail polish! what a cool tip:)

  • Reply Vero Palazzo March 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Very nice! I did some very similar with hand made felt. Like brooches or for the hair, they looked very nice. Greetings from Argentinas!

  • Reply BohèmeCircus March 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I totally agree, the Japanese paper for origami is a great source of inspiration. The floral patterns in particular. And you are right, create some paper flowers, it’s always a very nice way to celebrate the spring !

  • Reply Mnêmosunê March 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I’ll try this for sure, it seems to simple and beautiful !
    Instead of metal tacks, I’ll use brass frasteners (is the word correct ? In French we call this “attache parisienne”…), in order to fix it on gifts or journal.
    Thanks for the DIY Holly !

  • Reply Veronica March 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Why haven’t I thought of painting metal tacks before? Such an adorable and easy DIY! Thanks for the idea.

    The flowers are so cute and the metal tack is the perfect touch.

  • Reply ombre March 8, 2013 at 8:42 am

    merci c’est le printemps qui revient!!!

  • Reply Rachel @CreativelyRedeemingHer March 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Love your inspiration board & all the natural light shining in! Makes me happy during my sick day Saturday~


  • Reply Kris March 10, 2013 at 2:19 am

    So cute, love them!

  • Reply jet March 10, 2013 at 11:35 am

    beauriful and so pretty and lovely, well done. Love it!!!

  • Reply Kris {Driven by Décor} March 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Darling! Will be perfect to use on the huge bulletin board that I’m creating for my daughters!

  • Reply Barb Dwyer April 7, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Wow! Such a technique you share on your blog. Thanks a lot for sharing this idea. I’ll use this idea for my room wall decor.

  • Reply Anushka March 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Beutiful!! I love it. Quite easy to make n very decorative… Splendid!

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