Want to know a secret? I am a serial purchaser of blackout liner. This sounds silly, I know, but I love the stuff, and it’s cheap, so pretty much any curtains/shades/window treatments in my home get blackout liner added to them. Blackout liner typically comes on a tube/roll. I don’t know why Joann’s doesn’t just fold it up, but they don’t, and as a result, I have a collection of thick cardboard tubes chilling in my house.
I could throw them away, I know. But they seem useful, so I’ve hung onto them. Today, that paid off.
These cardboard flower ornaments are easy. Really easy. And they get rid of something that was otherwise trash. Win.
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Easy DIY Cardboard Flower Ornaments
- Cardboard Tube – I used a thicker tube that came with blackout liner, but I bet a paper towel or toilet paper roll would work as well.
- Saw/Scissors – For cutting the tube. I used a miter saw for my thick tube, but if your cardboard is thinner, scissors would work too.
- Glue – I used this wood glue, but in this case, I think Elmers would probably be fine too.
- Binder Clips – These are for holding the flower together while the glue dries.
- Paint – Optional. For painting your flower the desired color.
- Book/Heavy Flat Object – For evenly smooshing the cardboard petals.
- String/Twine – For hanging the ornament
Step 1: Cut Out Petals
Cut the cardboard tube into 3/4″ pieces. I used a miter saw, which made the edges a bit fuzzy, but I just picked the fuzz off with my fingers, and all was well.
I needed five petals per flower, but if you’re using a different sized tube, you might need more.
Step 2: Flatten Petals
Grab a book or other hard, flat object. Place it on top of one of your newly cut cardboard circles, and evenly push down. This evenly flattens the circles. Remove the book, and shapen as you see fit.
Step 3: Glue Petals Together
Put a dot of glue on the side of each petal, and attach the petals together using binder clips. Leave this in place for at least 30 minutes.
I also put a paper towel underneath to flower just in case any glue dripped out!
Step 4: Paint and Finish
Remove the binder clips, and paint the flower any color you’d like. I left my a “rustic cardboard,” but you could totally spray paint it as well!
Then tie some string or twine into one of the petals to allow the ornament to be hung. Enjoy!
This was a super easy ornament that used up something that otherwise would have been trash! I loved how it turned out!
If you love making easy Christmas ornaments, check out some of the other projects I have! These snowman block ornaments are some of the cutest things I’ve ever made, and these embroidery hoop ornaments are perfect for a farmhouse tree! And if you think you might make these flower ornaments, be sure to save this post to Pinterest so you can find it again later!