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Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers

Save those spools! Floral craft ideas don't get much more fun than this. Create your own Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers from Heidi Borchers and glue them to a painted background. This is a great idea for anyone that loves vibrant wall art.

For more beautiful handmade flower projects, check out our collection of 53 Printable Flower Patterns.

Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers


  • Cardboard ribbon spools (you will need one for each flower plus one for leaves and stem)
  • Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
  • Board for background (I used Masonite from a tile sample board)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Brush- 1/2″ wide flat
  • Buttons- for flower centers
  • Dimensional texture for background (I used Texture Magic)
  • Notched comb for texture
  • Aleene’s Spray Sealer – Matte or Gloss finish


  1. Select several different sizes and widths of ribbon spools for this project.

    Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers
  2. To make each flower, carefully take a cardboard spool apart by removing the circle sides of the spool. Repeat with another narrower spool for leaf and stem.

    Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers
  3. You will now have three pieces for each spool. To make the flower, cut the two spool circles into a flower shape.

    Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers
  4. With second narrow spool, cut the tube to make the stem. (The ends of the spool will be used to cut the leaves.)

    Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers
  5. Smooth and press out the stem. Be sure to cut off any excess paper still remaining on the sides of the spool you tore apart.

    Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers
  6. Select several complementary colors of acrylic paint and brush onto each flower, leaf and stem. Let dry. If necessary, repeat with second coat.

    Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers
  7. Paint the center tube of the spool for the flower.

    Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers
  8. Glue the two flowers back in place on the spool center with the Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue.

    Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers
  9. For the background, I squeegeed the dimensional paint over the masonite. Use a notched comb to create the lines in the dimensional paint. Let dry.
  10. Paint the background using the acrylic paints.
  11. Place the assembled spool flowers, leaves and stems onto the background.

    Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers
  12. Glue all pieces to the background using the Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue.

    Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers
  13. Glue several sizes of buttons for the center of each flower. To seal, spray entire piece with the Aleene’s Spray Sealer. Let dry.

    Cardboard Ribbon Spool Flowers

For a comprehensive video tutorial, check out How to Make Ribbon Spool Flowers.


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