Coming up with a name for these little blooming beauties was quite possibly the most difficult part of the whole project. After stumbling upon these wood pendant lanterns on Kim Vallee, I was inspired to use the same shape for a totally different purpose. With just a few strips of paper, strategic hot gluing and some string, we were able to create these charming drawstring favor holders, perfect for stashing macarons & brightening up a place setting. And guess what… they are super easy to make! Follow the jump for the step-by-step instructions & enjoy!


  • a multicolored assortment of translucent paper; we chose 3 in shades of pink, 3 in shades of green, and 3 in shades of blue
  • 2 sheets of heavy colored cardstock for the center of each blossom
  • green cardstock paper
  • white twine
  • hot glue gun
  • ruler
  • 2 inch circle hole punch
  • 1 cm circle hole punch
  • scissors

Cut 5 1/2 inch by 3/4 inch strips of paper in an ombre of shades (we needed about 20 strips per pouch). Using the small hole punch, center a hole on one end of each each strip.

Using the large hole punch, cut out 2 circular pieces of cardstock (the fanned out strips will be glued in between these 2 circles)

Pick up your first strip. On the end without the hole, draw a thin line of glue on the very edge of the paper. When gluing the strip down, glue the left bottom corner in line with the edge of the circle, while the right bottom corner is pressed 1/4 of an inch below the edge of the circle (rather than the strip sticking straight up, it’s actually slanted diagonally to the right)

To continue the ripple effect, apply glue to each consecutive strip. Place its right bottom corner in the middle of the previous strip, and place the left bottom corner flush to the edge of the circle, as before. Note: to complete the full circle, you’ll have to lift up the first strip in order to glue the last strip underneath it.

Use hot glue to secure the second circle in the middle of the medallion.

Cut  the shape of a leaf out of green cardstock & write a short note for guests on it. String white kitchen twine through the holes on the strips, and gently tug the drawstring to draw in the petals. Once it is sealed, string the leaf onto the twine & tie in a bow.

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    Jonii | June 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Those are SO cute!

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    Style in the City | June 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

    This is simply AMAZING! Beautiful, colorful and summery, I simply HAVE to try this on my own!
    Thanks for an amazing inspiration!

    xx Ivana

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    Drew Humphries | June 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    This is just too amazingly cute!!!
    LOVE IT!!

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    Victoria | June 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    These are adorable! They would be super cute in orange (as mini pumpkins) for fall.

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    ashley | June 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    too cute!!!!!

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    Rowaida Flayhan | June 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you Camille for an amazing tutorial. Great idea

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    Chanel Dror | June 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    So glad you all like them! And @victoria – I was thinking the same thing the whole time I was making them 🙂

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    Andrea @ Strawberry-Chic | June 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    How fun! I love how the pink/purple favor brings so much color to the table setting!

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    blue fruit | June 17, 2011 at 3:21 am

    These are ridiculously fabulous! Such a clever idea, and I can imagine them adapted to a million different themes simply by changing the colours and the kind of leaf.

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    Change Paris | June 17, 2011 at 5:02 am

    OMG!!!!!! I will need to do it soon!!! Amazing idea!!!!! Thank you!

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    Meta Musings | June 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

    How cute! So creative! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

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    Sherri | June 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    These are so beautiful. Can’t wait to try them! So glad I saw these. Your blog is BEAUTIFUL and so filled with inspiration!

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    PJ | July 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I love these! So fresh and colorful. Definitely bookmarking this for the future.

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    Liz | March 20, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Any suggestions on where to buy the translucent paper? These colors are so vibrant

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    prival | April 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Did you purchase the paper online? I need a few red shades.
    Many thanks!

    • Liz | April 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

      I found some on, but am still looking for more of a variety. I haven’t been able to find purple in a range of colors and have looked on a Lot of website. Sorry that i couldn’t be of more help. Would Love suggestions on companies, resources!

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    Priscilla | February 9, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    The whole family jumped in and helped make these for my wedding last June. We had about 80 made in light green and red. Great bounding between families and guest loved them as thank-yous! Many many thanks!

    • Camille Styles | February 10, 2013 at 7:44 am

      I am SO excited to hear that Priscilla – makes our day! 🙂 Congrats on your marriage and so happy our little craft could be part of your wedding day! xo

      • Priscilla | February 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        Thank you!!!

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    paperminties | April 29, 2013 at 5:23 am

    These are beautiful and seem easy to make! Lovely DIY gift-wrapping! 🙂

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    Brittney | October 23, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I am going to use this for a gift wrap! I have a large package with a small package and the small one will g inside the flower and I am drawing a vine/ leaf look on the large package to look like part of a garden.Thank you for the tutorial!

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    Sarah | November 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Love the idea! Quick question – under materials you list “3 sheets of heavy colored cardstock for the center of each blossom” but in the instructions you only refer to 2 pieces of cardstock for the center of the blossom. Where does the 3rd one go? Thank you!

    • Chanel Dror | November 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Sarah — you’re right! You just use two sheets. I’ll update the quantities now!

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