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Tutorial: Recycled Cardboard and Washi Tape Flowers

10 May 2013 1,711 views 2 Comments

by rhonda

Recycled Cardboard and Washi Tape Flowers

Around our house, very little trash goes to the curb; most of our refuse gets sorted an taken to the local recycling drop-off. That means we almost always have bags full of bottles and cans and cardboard boxes tucked away in the utility room. Which means I am always trying to think of ways to use them! That's how I ended up with the idea to make recycled cardboard and washi tape flowers. I am going to use them as embellishments for my Mother's Day gift wrapping, but they would also be cute on the fronts if handmade greeting cards, or worn as brooches or in headbands, or glued to just about anything else you can think of!

Project estimate:

  • Cardboard, on hand
  • Washi tape, on hand or $1 and up
  • Paint, on hand
  • Mod Podge, on hand
  • Buttons, on hand

Total: free and up

Recycled Cardboard and Washi Tape Flowers

Start by cutting two flower shapes out of cardboard. I just drew mine freehand, but if you don't feel comfortable doing that, you can use a stencil or template to draw your flowers.

Recycled Cardboard and Washi Tape Flowers

Since most washi tape is a little see-through, I gave my cardboard a base coat of paint so that the graphics from the boxes wouldn't show through. I usually use white paint for this, but since I was using washi in yellow and orange I decided to go with yellow paint instead.

Recycled Cardboard and Washi Tape Flowers

Once the paint is dry, cover the front surface of each flower with washi tape, being careful to line up the pattern. Flip the flowers upside down and use an Xacto knife to trim off the excess tape. Use Mod Podge to glue the smaller flower to the center of the larger flower.

Recycled Cardboard and Washi Tape Flowers

Mod Podge over the whole surface to seal the tape and prevent it from peeling. Add a button to the center to finish the flower.

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  • Craft Project: Recycled Cardboard and Washi Tape Flowers | Mrs. Greene - crafts, food, fashion, life said:

    […] What do you do with an excessive amount of cardboard to take to the recycling center and so much washi tape that your storage rack is overflowing? If you’re me, you whip up some recycled cardboard and washi tape flowers! I’m using mine to embellish my Mother’s Day gift wrapping, but you could use them just about anywhere that a pretty flower is needed. Check out the tutorial today at Dollar Store Crafts! [go to the tutorial] […]

  • Bismah said:


    This is really cute. I always have lots of cardboard boxes. I am sure there are many uses for these flowers.