Recycled Flowers that Guarantee a Smile

This is a great project for any crafty person, including kids! Make a unique and eco-friendly flower bouquet out of magazines, paper scraps, leftover wrapping paper, etc. Perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays, Valentine’s, or just to let someone know you’re thinking of them.

We used our own archived copies of Calmful Living magazines to make our bouquet!


    • A small stack of colorful paper

    • 10–12 pipe cleaners or floral wire

    • Roll of floral tape

    • Scissors

    • Scotch tape

    • Craft glue


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(Follow the photo instructions for these origami flowers.) 


  1. Cut a square piece of paper.
  2. Roll two corners across each other to make a triangle cone shape.
  3. Tape the two corners together at the end.
  4. Insert wire or pipe cleaner up the center of the lily-shaped paper and tape around the bottom to secure the “stem.”


  1. Cut out a circular piece of paper.
  2. Cut into the circle about ¾ inch.
  3. Cut a spiral around and around until you reach the center of the circle.
  4. Curl up the spiral paper and tape at the end.
  5. Make a circle at the end of pipe cleaner or wire.
  6. Tape the rose to the circle end to secure the “stem.”


  1. Cut a square piece of paper.
  2. Fold two corners down the center.
  3. Fold the next two corners toward the center.
  4. Open the ends and spread toward the center.
  5. Fold the next corners toward the center.
  6. Curl the triangular paper around so the center pieces match up.
  7. Tape the two center pieces together.
  8. Repeat on 5 more pieces of paper.
  9. Tape your petal shapes together at the bottom.
  10. Insert a pipe cleaner or wire in the bottom center of the flower shape.
  11. Tape together to secure the “stem.”


  1. Cut out a leaf shape.
  2. Fold in half.
  3. Tape to wire or pipe cleaner down the center back of the leaf shape.

Gather all flowers and leaves and arrange in a vase or roll them up in a piece of colored paper and tie with a string or ribbon.