Flower Garland Tutorial

I shared this over at Craft-o-Maniac over the weekend but just in case you missed it there, I wanted to share it here.

Well, you all know I have a love for cardboard tubes and it has been far too long since I used them in a project. I needed something for my shutters and I previously made some flowers out of the tubes so I thought “Why not make a few more and make a garland out of it?” So that’s what I did! Plus, I had everything on hand already so this project was pretty much FREE! 🙂

-Toilet paper/Paper Towel tubes
-Hot Glue gun
-Acrylic paint

How to:

To start, press the tube flat.

(Sorry, this photo rotated and I can’t fix it!)
Take your ruler and mark every half inch down the entire tube. Mark on each edge.

Cut the strips apart.

Then, I find it easiest to group them together for each flower. So groups of 5 and 6.

Paint the groups that colors of your choice.
Start painting on the inside and then paint the outside.

Once your pieces are dry, it’s time to create the flowers.
I like to dry fit the flowers together before I glue.

Then, put a little bit of glue on one end and sandwich the pieces together.

Here is my 5 petal flower.

And here is my 6 petal flower.

I strung them up on sheer green ribbon, weaving in and out of two of the petals.

Space them out how you like and tied them up onto my shutters.

Perfect for spring time!

Now I just need to determine what I want to make for my center shutter for spring!
I have a few ideas… just need the time to make it!

Linking up to some of these fabulous parties.

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  • Art instruction DVDs
    March 24, 2011 at 3:10 am

    This is such a great site! Very creative! Thanks for sharing this!…Daniel

  • Korrie@RedHenHome
    March 24, 2011 at 4:04 am

    This is so cute! I love garlands.

  • MojoMama
    March 24, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Too cute! I'm gonna have to do this when I get back from Salt Lake on Monday! LOVE this idea!!


  • Alison@Oopsey Daisy
    March 24, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Super, super cute!! I love the little flowers. The are just perfect!!

  • Ashley (January's June)
    March 24, 2011 at 6:58 am

    That is so cute! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Kim
    March 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I followed your link when you showed the teaser the other day and I loved it! I've been collectiong TP tubes for a while now and this was such a great idea to do with them. I made one for my daughters 6th birthday party this weekend and it will be perfect to add to her room after the party. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    oh my goodness – how cute is that! Love paper garlands, love springtime flowers – this rocks!

  • Marlie @ Crafting, Cooking, and Cats
    March 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I have seen a lot of adorable toilet paper crafts, but this one is my favorite!

  • gina luv
    March 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    too cute! i love that it is sustainable too:)

  • PartyMom
    March 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Just this morning, I set aside a paper tube to make a project like this. Yours turned out fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  • Shabby Soul
    March 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me – what cute things can be made out of TOILET PAPER TUBES!! Very cute!!

  • Naomi
    March 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Love it! Definitely trying this one! Thanks for the idea!

  • Condo Blues
    March 25, 2011 at 1:54 am

    I love this idea. I'm saving up TP rolls ASAP!

  • Lindsay
    March 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Love 'em!

  • Megan
    March 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    so cute. it looks just great in front of your shutters.


  • Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper
    March 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    So fun! I have a whole bag of tp rolls saved up for a project but I may have to steal a few to do this cute garland. I know just where I'd put it too.

  • Bec@littlelucylu
    March 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Awesome idea … awesome blog!
    I'm your newest follower!

  • Sweet Peas and Bumblebees
    March 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    What a great idea! These would be great decorations to go along with my daughter's garden themed birthday party. Time to start saving those paper tubes! =)

    Also, I'm your newest follower from http://www.sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com

  • House Revivals
    March 28, 2011 at 3:43 am

    This is one of my all time favorite projects I've seen this spring! I love that it is modern and old-fashioned at the same time.

  • Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva
    March 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Found you again… So saying again how much I love your flowers. Plus I save a towel roll thing to make some of these for my kitchen window. Visiting from Sew Chatty.

  • Patti
    March 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

    sweet display…they remind me of quilling! Stop by Pandora's Box to enter a giveaway!

  • Amy@ServingPinkLemonade
    March 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    This is beautiful! Very inexpensive AND easy. I love how it turned out.

  • Wonder
    March 29, 2011 at 12:48 am

    very cute! i'm new at this and just signed up to follow. thanks for sharing this fun craft!

  • Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee)
    March 29, 2011 at 5:07 am

    What a nice idea! Wonderful blog you got! Am your newest follower now 🙂 Please, visit my blog anytime..!


  • Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com
    March 29, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Allison you are so awesome!! I love this garland. It is so creative and perfect for spring!
    You always right a great tutorial too. 😉
    Thanks so much for linking up to Think Pink Sundays!! 🙂

  • Danielle Roy
    March 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Was looking for a good spring banner! So cute! Thanks and visit me sometime! I am your newest follower.

  • BakingMama
    March 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Very pretty! And something I can do with my daughter, fun! http://www.thebakingmom@blogspot.com

  • this blessed nest
    March 30, 2011 at 2:09 am

    i love any garland. this is so wonderful! smarty pants…for painting it as well!

    i did a post highlighting some tubes a while back & it never occurred to me to do this. i haven't seen much of it, until i've seen some of what you have done. it's so delicate, but fun!

    thanks for linking up.


  • live.laugh.photograph
    March 30, 2011 at 4:56 am

    wow i absolutely love this!! i came from the girl creative 🙂 i am now following too!!

  • Carri @ Redefining C
    March 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I featured you on my blog today!

    I wish I had a "featured" button but I don't know how to get one/make one.

    Have a great day!


  • ShannonSews
    March 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    How pretty your flower garland is! I have to laugh every time I change out a roll of toilet paper I think – I should be saving this if I'm ever going to try making your wonderful crafts! haha For now, I'm just living vicariously through you. I love your ideas!

  • Shelby&BrandonOsmond
    March 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Such a great idea!! Now the question is where did you get your shutters? i have been wanting some! I would love for you to leave a comment telling me! I am a new follower. Also I if your interested I am hosting a skirt giveaway on my blog and would love for you to stop by!



  • Stacy
    March 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I love your garland! And those shutter are AMAZING!

  • AllMich
    March 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Shelby- We bought the shutters at our favorite thrifty/antique store but you can normally find some at architectural salvage places as well.

  • Anu@My Dream Canvas
    March 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    This looks lovely. Great blog Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

  • Carrie @ Dittle Dattle
    April 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    So sweet and so perfect for spring! I will be featuring you on this weeks Amaze Me Monday blog party. Thanks for sharing 😀

  • Coach A
    April 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Such a great idea for all those paper rolls. I will definitely be making these on my spring break this week! Thank you for sharing!

  • Sharolyn
    April 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    So cute and springy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Helen
    April 2, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Allison, I love your blog. It is very inspiring! I have been saving paper rolls for months now for my girls to use for art projects. This will be so fun to do with them especially with Easter and Spring around the corner! TY for an awesome way to recycle cardboard rolls!

  • Krafty Kat
    April 3, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Love this flower garland and esp. that you made it from recycling old tp rolls!! You can't get better than that! Thanks for linking up!

  • Molly
    April 7, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I'm in love with that! My girls are always begging for a craft idea and this one is something I may want to join in on!! It is precious! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  • Waseem
    May 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

    How beautiful the flower is…the shutters add much to it and look perfect.
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  • Rachael Rabbit
    March 8, 2013 at 1:34 am

    How do you keep your flowers together until they are dry? And what glue do you prefer to use? Thanks