Monday, October 19, 2015

Recycled Newspaper Woven Flower

Since I had a few newspaper tubes left over from the tray/basket I made here I started looking on Pinterest for ideas to use them.  I came across this and decided to put my own twist on how to make a newspaper tube flower.

To make, you will need:
  • Newspaper tubes
  • Floral wire
  • Tacky glue/hot glue
  • Clamps 
  • Acrylic paint

So I'm using newspaper tubes I had leftover, but to learn how to make them, go here

Once you have about five or six tubes for one petal, insert a floral wire into one tube and fold into point twisting wire ends together and cutting off excess.  Adding wire allows the petals to be shaped up or down.

Open the tube into a petal shape.
Glue on the end of a tube at the middle center top and bottom.

Glue on another tube horizontal at the top.

Begin weaving the horizontal tube over and under the three tube sides of the petal shape, back and forth.

Continue weaving over and under, adding additional tubes by adding glue to the end of a new tube and inserting it into the weaving tube to lengthen.

When reaching the end,
wrap tubes around base.
Make four more.
In addition to the petals, I made two small leaves the same way to add to the stems.
Next, I wanted my flower to have a round center so I soaked pieces of newspaper in water overnight, squeezed out the excess water, added glue .  .  . 
 and shaped the newspaper pulp into a sausage like shape.

It took about a day for the center to dry and then I painted it, the petals, leaves and stems.  Sorry, I got so involved with this I forgot to take pictures of painting everything.
Once the paint dried, I started hot gluing on the petals, one at a time, shaping them as I glued.

And then adding the leaves to the stems.

 Ta Da!
Another great recycle/upcycle project anyone can make!

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!



  1. Gail thats amazingly awesome. I really like that.

  2. C'mon Gail, I haven't started my basket yet and you went ahead and did something just as amazing that I want to try. Keeping me busy :) I love this, perfect for scaring off winter blues when they come and would be so cute on my bedside table. Wish me luck!

  3. Love this Gail! Then again I love all your crafts!

  4. totally cool! I so have to try this! Such a lovely flower, great diy and recycled! woot win win WIN!

  5. Wow Gail- so cute. I'm always amazed with each project you produce! Talented fingers and mind!

  6. Wow! I never would have guessed that this is made from newspaper. It's incredible!

  7. Very cute and so creative. I love how you used the newspaper.

  8. Golly gee and oh wow!! It's gorgeous. And newspaper!. Never would have guessed. You should have made us guess. lol Love the way your brain works!!

  9. What a beautiful flower, and to think you made it out of nothing more than paper Thanks for showing us how to.

  10. Wow! These look beautiful! You have incredible patience.

  11. What a pretty way to repurpose what you already have!

  12. This is stunning! Wow, it's hard to believe what it's made out of. Great job.

  13. Wow! This really is a great project!

  14. This is beautiful! I want to try this! Have a great week :)

  15. Gail, this is amazing! Your're taking recyclign to new levels Thank you so much for linking this up at SHARE IT 34, As always, I love your contributions! Hugs, Rose

  16. Wow, this turned out beautiful! Pinned. I wanted to let you know that I'm featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can't wait to see what you share with us this week. :)

  17. I'm speechless, Gail. Pinned. I learned something new. Best wishes, Linda

  18. Thank you for sharing with us at Pinbellish! You are featured this week!

  19. I really like this! But now I gotta go find out what newspaper tubes are. Just rolled up newspaper? I'm guessing. Now that I've seen the name of your blog, I MUST follow you!!
    I'm a purple FREAK!!

  20. i like what you do with this craft.


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