DIY West Elm Inspired Paper Flower Branches

May 8, 2013Sarah Khandjian

DIY West Elm Inspired Paper Flower Branches | Sarah Hearts

Have you been in West Elm lately? They have a gorgeous flower shop within the store featuring a myriad of paper flowers. I was smitten by the paper flower quinces but the DIYer in me took a closer look and said, “I can DIY that!” So this week I gathered some branches that had fallen off the oak trees in our yard and using pruning shears to clip them into single sticks.

The tissue paper flowers are so easy to make and such a great way to bring spring into your home. I bet you’re going to want to start gathering sticks before you finish reading this post!

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DIY West Elm Inspired Paper Flower Branches | Sarah Hearts

DIY West Elm Inspired Paper Flower Branches | Sarah Hearts

Here’s one way to arrange them: place them in assorted vases for a simple table arrangement. They would also be lovely in the living room on a side table or  in the foyer on a narrow table.

DIY West Elm Inspired Paper Flower Branches | Sarah Hearts

DIY West Elm Inspired Paper Flower Branches | Sarah Hearts1. Gather some branches and use pruning shears to remove small intersecting branches. You’ll also need a hot glue gun, tissue paper, and scissors.

2. Cut the tissue paper into 1.5″ pieces. They don’t have to be perfect squares. The more random the shapes are the more organic the flowers will look.
3. Shape one tissue paper piece into a flower shape by folding it in half then bunching it up towards the bottom.
4. Add a small dot of hot glue on one of the branches then quickly stick the tissue paper flower on it. Repeat adding about 3-4 flowers per branch.


  • Susann

    May 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    It looks great, such a nice idea!
    All the best,

  • Angel Y.

    May 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Sarah, this is such a great DIY! I’ve been looking for a way to get these style branches in my home for quite some time but can’t think of justifying the cost to purchase. I can’t wait to try this out! :)

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  • Carol

    March 23, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    My cat loves flowers even more than I do. Plastic, real, doesn’t matter, he will destroy them all. This is a perfect solution. I can easily replace any when he has had his fun with it. Thank you!

    1. Sarah

      March 23, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      That’s too funny! And yes, these are so easy to make that you can replace them after he has had his fun!

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