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Paper-Bowl Centerpieces

Transform decorative paper into handmade bowls for flower arrangements, candy, or nuts.

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Volume 26 2003


  • Decorative paper

  • Spray adhesive

  • Scissors

  • Waxed twine

  • Small hole punch

  • Plastic container (optional: for flower arrangements)


  1. Choose two coordinating papers (we used one patterned and one solid). Glue together with spray adhesive.

  2. Trace template onto the paper, and cut out.

  3. Score along dotted lines; bend flaps inward. Overlap two neighboring flaps 1/2 to 3/4 inch, and make a hole through both near the top with a small hole punch. Thread waxed twine through and tie.

  4. Repeat with other flaps. Make some patterned and some solid bowls, and alternate them on the table. If a bowl is meant for flowers, place arrangement in a plastic container that nestles inside.

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