Paper Boutonnieres

Carnation boutonnieres made from cupcake liners are easy to make and kids love them.

Perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

To make these, I find that the king-size cupcake liners work the best. I got mine in the baking supply aisle at Jo-Ann's.

Flatten out cupcake liner.

Fold liner in half.

Fold into 4th, 8ths and then 16ths.

Twist the bottom into a point.

Using floral stem wrap tape (available in the floral supply section of any craft store), wrap the stem of your boutonniere.

Fan out the top.

Create the look of petals by cutting into the paper.

To add color, I painted my flower with watercolor paint.

Tie stem with ribbon and add a safety pin.


  1. jenclair  February 23, 2011

    Perfect for St. Pat’s! I’ve been working on fabric flowers, but think I’ll add some of these lovely paper versions to the mix!

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  3. Julie  February 23, 2011

    Oh, my gosh! I remember these when I was a kid! We must have made them at school for a special occasion!!! They are sooo sweet…and now I know I am going to make them for my grandson to wear to school, and one for his teacher, of course, and some for my DIL to take to her work for herself and her coworkers!!! Maybe hubby would wear one too…hmmm…we will see about that!!! Thanks for showing!!!!! Oh…it just occured to me that we could make these as decorations for our St. Paddy’s tree too!!! Yippee!

  4. Molly  February 23, 2011

    Oh! We did something similar to this for the centerpieces at our wedding reception… these cupcake liners would have been lovely too! Such a great idea 🙂