I know, I know, being inundated with flowers and candy on Valentine’s Day can be eye-rollingly dull. But a DIY spin on this holiday tradition makes it fresh, fun, and chic.
Instead of an expensive store-bought bouquet, make these eye-catching flowers from the simplest of materials — paper! Give them to your special someone or use them as romantic decor. For more festive ideas, check out these DIY alternatives to those sappy Valentine’s Day cards.
1. Tissue Paper Roses
This is a fuss-free method for creating stunning faux florals. No measuring is required and you only need three materials! You can add a floral stem to make a bouquet or simply arrange them in a decorative bowl or as a garland.
- Tissue paper
- Create a stack of eight sheets of tissue paper and cut out a roughly 4-inch circle through all eight layers. You don’t need to measure! A little wonkiness adds character to your flowers
- Staple through middle of the eight layers.
- Cut a wave pattern into the perimeter of the circle.
- Pull up the top layer of tissue paper, scrunching it toward the center. Continue with each layer, scrunching them up individually and pinching at their base. That’s all there is to it!
2. Rolled Paper Roses
Source: A Simple Pantry
These curly-cue flowers are a cinch to make by cutting out a spiral and rolling it into a floral shape. Make a whole bunch for a stunning bouquet that costs much, much less than the store-bought kind!
3. Stacked Paper Roses
Source: Forty Weeks & Then Some
These sweet and simple roses are made out of stacks of paper cones. Sequins in the center make for a lovely finishing touch. They’d look adorable as a Valentine’s Day centerpiece on your mantel or table, or you could add green pipe cleaner stems and make a bouquet.
4. Giant Crepe Rose
Source: Studio DIY
Talk about a statement piece! This striking oversized rose is made using templates for the petals, which are then folded and secured with floral wire and tape.
5. Coffee Filter Roses
Source: Land of Nod
For a delicate and lightly colored rose, use an early morning kitchen staple: Simply wrap and fold coffee filters, then paint with watercolor. You could even try experimenting with unique color combinations, or stick with classic rose colors like white, pink, and red.
Add a personalized touch to your Valentine’s Day celebrations with handmade paper roses that are just as lovely as the real thing — but will last even longer! Make them for your loved one, for decor, or for yourself.