Make a paper flower from old receipts

make a paper flower out of old receiptsMake a paper flower from old receipts

I end up with lots of useless receipts, for things like some shower gel I bought in 2002, or a proof of postage for a card I sent 5 years ago. Most of the time these end up shredded in the bin, or recycling, but this week after finding more of the things I thought I’d create something with them. I came up with the idea of a paper flower, having seen lots of tutorials for allsorts of papery flowery delights on Pinterest lately.


You will need

  • Scrap paper (If using receipts I wouldn’t recommend giving these away or handing them out. Make sure they don’t contain any sensitive information – cut out or cover up these bits. And remember to use old receipts, ones that you definitely do not need!)
  • Glue
  • Scissors or a scalpel and cutting mat

First take one receipt about 12cm long and cut along the edge like so:

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Then roll up and glue to secure:


Cut some thin strips from another receipt, glue the ends together to create loops and glue four of these to the edges of the rolled up receipt:


Secure the bottom by gluing another strip of receipt and wrapping around the base of the flower:


Continue building the flower up by adding more of the looped strips of receipt followed by gluing a strip around the base to keep them secure:


Cut two more receipts as shown:


Wrap the one on the right with the longer strands around the base of the flower with the text facing in, then wrap the shorter one around the base with the text facing out:



Trim the long strands from the middle to give it a neater look.


I also had a quick play creating a flower out of tissue paper. There’s plenty of tutorials out there (find some great ones on Weddings by Lilly).








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