Paper Towel Greeting Cards

Updated on September 7, 2018
A paper towel flower decoration for the front of a card
A paper towel flower decoration for the front of a card

This craft just came to me one day while I was finishing off a decoupage project. I had run out of decoupage glue and decided to ‘cheat’ and make some with the white liquid glue I had left and water. It is super easy to make these greeting cards, and a really fun activity for young and old. I love the extra texture that the paper towel adds to the flower petals on this design.

Materials you will need:

White liquid glue such as Elmers

Water

Sheets of plain white paper towel

Card stock paper

A 1 inch wide paint brush

Markers (colors of your choice)

Scissors

Hot glue

Hot glue gun

Buttons (optional)

Marking the paper and making the petals

First, mix equal quantities of the white liquid glue and water.

Paint some of the glue on a piece of cardstock. I used white, then lay your paper towel strip on the card stock. Press down so that the paper towel adheres to the cardstock. Smooth your hand over the paper towel to iron out any bubbles. Now paint a layer of glue over the paper towel. You should only paint one layer, but be generous. If the brush breaks your paper towel you could always use your fingers to spread the glue mixture. Make sure you coat the entire paper towel.

Allow the papers to dry overnight.

I like to hang mine up with clothes pegs, once they are semi-dry but it sometimes makes the paper curl.

If you are in a hurry you could use a blow dryer or heat gun to hasten the drying process.

Your dried paper should be rigid.

You could just leave the paper white as I did with the first two pictures in this hub, the rose, and the daisy, or you could draw on the paper towel side. I like to make stripes and squiggles because you never know what it will look like on the flower petal after cutting them out.

Now draw a petal on the reverse side (card stock or smooth side). You don't want to see pencil marks on your petals.

Cut it out and use it as your template so that all your petals are the same size and shape.

Trace more petals on to your paper and cut out around 12.

You can use any shape. Diamond, or balloon shapes, or triangles all make great looking flowers.

Once you have all your petals, fold some card stock in half to make the actual greeting card. You can buy pre-cut and pre-folded cards from your local hobby store to save time.

I like to put a darker color on a lighter card. So I sometimes paste a square blue or red square piece of paper on the front of your card. Then glue my petals in the center of the square. It could be a circle or diamond shape. Do whatever you want.

Place a generous amount of hot glue in the center of the square and start arranging your petals around it, inserting the ends into the glue.

Put another dollop of glue in the center of your flower and arrange more petals around it, covering the joins of the lower level.

I usually will do 4 petals to a layer.

Once done you could put a bead or button in the center to add to your flower.

When the glue is dry, gently bend the top 2 layers up to give your flower a 3D appearance.

More options:

You can build paper towel flowers on other surfaces too. It doesn't have to be on cardstock only.

I craft a lot with teabags and used this paper towel flower craft on a teabag wrapped canvas. See this article for tips and easy instructions.

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      • celeste inscribed profile imageAUTHOR

        Celeste Wilson 

        5 years ago

        Hi Careermommy, it is super fun. You could even dip the paper towel in water tinted with food coloring for a solid color effect. Then hang it to dry overnight.

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        Tirralan Watkins 

        5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        Celeste, this is a very good idea. I love making homemade cards, but never thought of making one from a paper towel. I just need to get a hot glue gun and I'm on my way!

      • celeste inscribed profile imageAUTHOR

        Celeste Wilson 

        5 years ago

        Thank you very much. It is a ton of fun to make. Thank you for voting as well. Kindest regards

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        kidscrafts 

        5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

        When I saw your title.... I was hooked! What a neat idea!

        It's simple! It is a great way to create a birthday card and there is plenty of room to use creativity!

        Voted up, useful and awesome :-)

      • celeste inscribed profile imageAUTHOR

        Celeste Wilson 

        5 years ago

        Thank you very much. This is what happens when I get bored on a sunday afternoon, but they turned out well. I hope your friend has fun with them.

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        5 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Very creative and clever. A good friend of mine makes adorable homemade cards, I'll have to share this idea with her. I might even attempt it myself.

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        Celeste Wilson 

        5 years ago

        Hello Emma, thank you very much. I loved making them for my Mom. It's a lovely rainy day activity.

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        Emma Kisby 

        5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

        What a cute idea. I am always looking for different materials to use on my handmade greetings cards. This is one I will try - thanks. Up and pinned!

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        Celeste Wilson 

        5 years ago

        Oh PeachPurple, she is going to love it! I made them for my Mom for her birthday in February. Have fun with them.

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        peachy 

        5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        i love your paper towel greeting cards. Unique and beautiful. Gonna make one for my mom this mother's day. Voted up

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        Celeste Wilson 

        5 years ago

        Thank you Mama Kim, I loved these. I made a bunch for my Mom's birthday and handed them out to family. My Mom receive a bouquet of cards :0)

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        Sasha Kim 

        5 years ago

        These are adorable ^_^ I love the idea and how they hold a great shape with good texture. I'm most certainly pinning this to do soon and voting a bunch!

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        Celeste Wilson 

        5 years ago

        Hello SweetiePie, it is lovely to meet you. Thank you for your lovely comments

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        SweetiePie 

        5 years ago from Southern California, USA

        Your paper towel craft idea is resourceful, and just goes to show people can make cards out of anything. I am going to tweet this hub!

      • celeste inscribed profile imageAUTHOR

        Celeste Wilson 

        5 years ago

        That is wonderful! She will have so much fun and it really doesn't matter what shape the petals are, the flower will look gorgeous.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        What an adorable idea! These would be great for my daughter to make. Love it!

      • celeste inscribed profile imageAUTHOR

        Celeste Wilson 

        5 years ago

        Thank you, much appreciated.

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        Celeste Wilson 

        5 years ago

        I agree and they're a ton of fun to make. Thank you

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        Priyanka Estambale 

        5 years ago from United States

        I love these ideas! Pretty :)

        Thanks for sharing!

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        europewalker 

        5 years ago

        How creative, those are so pretty:) They are so much better than a store bought card anyday!

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