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Twisted Paper Napkin Flower Motif

By: Gail Griffin from
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Twisted Paper Napkin Flower Motif

"You won't believe how easy it is to twist colorful paper napkins and then outline flower motifs or just about any type of graphic or pattern for a decorative effect. Begin by cutting a napkin into one inch strips. Next place a strip on a water dampened hand towel, patting it down gently to absorb the moisture from the towel. After the strip becomes damp, fold in half and begin twisting the strip between forefingers and thumbs until entire length is twisted. Let dry. Next, outline a flower motif, using quick grab tacky glue. Then start pressing down the napkin twists around the outline."

Materials List

  • Decorative paper napkins
  • Scissors
  • Hand towel
  • Flower pattern/tracing paper
  • Aileen's Quick Grab Glue


  1. Have a box or cardboard container ready to apply flower motif.

  2. Cut a decorative napkin into one inch strips.

  3. Dampen a bath hand towel with water, placing a napkin strip on top, patting down gently to absorb the moisture from the towel.

  4. Fold the dampened napkin strip in half, lengthwise with the pattern facing out and begin twisting the strip between forefingers and thumbs until entire length is twisted. Repeat for all of the cut strips.

  5. Let the twisted napkin strips dry completely.

  6. Trace a flower motif on container using carbon tracing paper.

  7. Outline the flower petals (one at a time) using quick grab glue.

  8. Then begin pressing down the napkin twists on top of the glue following the flower pattern. It's easier to cut the twists as you finish each petal.

  9. Continue outlining the pattern with tacky glue and adding the napkin twists until the pattern is completely outlined. Add additional twists for the stem and leaves.

  10. Twirl a remnant twist into a circle and glue onto the center of the flower.

You can add matching cut out paper petals to the center of the petals, if you like. It's such a unique technique and look! Imagine the possibilities using different patterns and containers.

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