Paper Flowers Birthday Number DIY

Cardboard or Foam Board*
Measuring Tape
Thin galvanized wire, or floral wire
Tissue Paper
Tape or glue

*I used cardboard for my numbers as I try to reuse anything around the house for my crafts, but foam board would work great if you do not have any cardboard available.


Number Cutting-

– Take your piece of cardboard and mark off 12 inches
– Outline your desired letter or number in the 12 inch space
– The flowers are 4-5 inches wide, so the number can be anywhere from 2-4 inches wide
– Carefully cut out the cardboard number
– Set Aside

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Flowers- – *Adapted from Martha Stewart

– Take 6 sheets of tissue paper
– Apply an accordion fold in approximately 1 inch increments
– Once completed, cut tissue in three segments
– Pick up one accordion folded segment, wrap wire around middle & twist closed
– Cut end of tips in a rounded shape if desired
– Separate layers and pull one at a time
– Only pull and bring out to ONE side

– Flower will be flat one one side
– Repeat until all flowers are complete, depending upon your number/letter the amount you will need varies
– I used 8 flowers for the Number 3, 11 flowers for Number 2, 9 flowers Number 1

*If you have done the Martha Stewart pom poms, please note the differences in bold italics and the pictures.

Before attaching flowers, arrange appearance on number, variations may occur in the flower sizes and the numbers are different sizes, so you will have to carefully place BEFORE gluing or taping.

Attach flowers using tape or glue to the cardboard letter- and you are Complete!!

The numbers are great for birthday parties and although I used it for Kalia’s First Birthday party, they would make a great backdrop for any adult party.  Maybe 30 done in black, lol?  Write out I Do! for your wedding!

Oh, look, it is my age! backwards

Would make a darling photo prop at a birthday, wedding, you name it!

This DIY is very budget friendly, I did not have to purchase anything (I entertain often and have LOTS of tissue paper) But even if you have to purchase tissue paper and/or floral wire, you can do so under $5, the rest most anyone would have at home!

Most of my DIYs are simple and easy, the actual steps of the DIY are easy, however, depending upon how many numbers/letters you need- making a bunch of those little flowers is time consuming.

Grab yourself some wine and a couple hours of your favorite show or playlist- I jammed to my acoustic playlist on Spotify for most of it.

If it is for your wedding- grab some bridesmaids! I personally enlisted my husband to cut the numbers out because cutting a straight line is a class I failed in kindergarten and I just never got over the shame.

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Any suggestions for my acoustic playlist?  I kind of played out mine doing all these numbers!

As usual, please pin and share if you like the DIY- thank you!

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  1. Tania

    August 22nd, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Great idea! How creative you are;)

  2. ellysan

    August 22nd, 2012 at 3:33 pm


  3. Mindy Harris

    August 22nd, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    that is soooooo cute!

  4. Nick Stavros

    August 23rd, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I love how our scissors have become a casualty of your DIY projects.

  5. Heather A. Russell

    August 23rd, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Nick, much better than cutting your nose hairs with them….

  6. Heather A. Russell

    August 23rd, 2012 at 5:30 am

    OMG, I just remembered, it wasn't your nose hairs you were cutting!!!!

  7. Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

    August 25th, 2012 at 3:26 am

    These are super cute! Thanks for joining the CHQ Blog Hop this week…I hope you were able to "meet" some new friends! :o)

  8. Jeanette

    August 25th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    These are adorable and would be great to use as props for a photo booth! Pinning!

  9. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    August 25th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Those are so cute! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

  10. The Thin Thread

    August 26th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    These are adorable and would be great to use for birthday party!

  11. Tauni

    August 29th, 2012 at 3:56 am

    These decorations are timeless – perfect for any birthday, regardless the age. Thanks so much for sharing your post on Show & Tell at SNAP!


  12. Britni

    August 30th, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I love these, Laurel! They are too cute. And I'm with you on the whole cutting straight lines thing. 😉

  13. Anonymous

    February 13th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I have that exact Frame!! Do you have any suggestions on how I can use it in a little girls nursery??

  14. Laurel @ABubblyLife

    February 13th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I am sorry, there is no email to reply to- but I now use it in my daughter's nursery- you can see here:

    And I used it at her 1st birthday party to hold pictures:

    I hope you come back and see! Thank you =))

  15. Anonymous

    February 13th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Sorry! I don't have any of the accounts listed so I just put anonymous.

    my email is

  16. Sarah

    April 18th, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Just finished making this!! Thanks so much for the idea and inspiration! I will be featuring it in a post sometime next month after our birthday party… I will link you up!


  17. Mary Laing

    July 8th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Brings back memories from my childhood. I had 3 aunts who got married within 3 years from each other. My job was to help with the tissue flowers that were to be stuck on the vehicles the wedding party rode in. Same idea – used 3 kleenex tissues, accordian fold, string around center and pull up one layer at a time.

  18. laurelstavros

    July 21st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Awww, that is so cute!

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    January 12th, 2019 at 9:21 am

    The twist ties from bread can be used instead of floral wire

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