Paper Flower Bouquet or Paper Flower Decorations with Vintage Birthday Cards

Paper Flower Bouquet or Paper Flower Decorations with Vintage Birthday Cards

I absolutely love old greeting cards, from vintage Christmas cards to vintage birthday cards, and everything in between. I often find them (used) at thrift stores and wanted to find a fresh way to recycle them. I mulled over upcycling ideas in my mind and I couldn’t shake the thought of a paper flower bouquet (or just paper flower decorations, in general).

Around the same time, I visited a favorite local thrift shop (Red Ribbon Resale), and as the kind gentleman was ringing up my purchases, I spied a photo holder or picture holder near the cash wrap.

On impulse I plucked it up and added it to my pile.

Photo holder or picture holder to be upcycled into a paper flower bouquet by Sadie Seasongoods /

It reminded me of a dandelion sprouting up from a freshly mowed lawn- its stems springing up, demanding to be noticed! And an idea for the photo holder was  quickly forming…

I could create a paper flower bouquet using the picture holder and my vintage birthday cards!

Vintage birthday cards and photo holder to become paper flower decorations by Sadie Seasongoods /

And so, I gathered up a few supplies and worked on combining the photo holder and vintage birthday cards into paper flower decorations. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Recycling the Vintage Birthday Cards and a Photo Holder

First, I supplemented by retro card supply from Etsy, specifically looking for the prettiest floral cards I could find.

Recycling greeting cards or vintage birthday cards into flower centerpieces by Sadie Seasongoods /

But before I could go any further, I needed to paint the photo holder I started with a light coat of metal primer (always Step #1 when painting anything metal), and then I spray-painted the holder in a pretty Jade Green.

Believe it or not, this wasn’t my first choice- I wanted something brighter, but I didn’t have a can in my stash!

In the end, however, I am so glad I went with what I had- the color reminds me of the dusty green tulip leaves that my mother grew at my childhood home.

While the paint dried, I started in on the vintage birthday cards that I had gathered. I carefully cut out the flowers along the edges as if they had been laser cut with no margins, if that makes sense. Then, I carefully arranged them on the “stems” of the photo holder / picture holder.

And I arranged / re-arranged a few times until I achieved the desired effect!

Paper flower bouquet made from vintage birthday cards and photo holder by Sadie Seasongoods /

Paper Flower Bouquet or Paper Flower Decorations

When all was said and done, with some arranging to maximize space and flower color, I ended up with a sweet, sweet paper flower bouquet.

In fact, you could call it…a flower FAUX-QUET!

Vintage birthday cards recycled into paper flower bouquet or paper flower decorations by Sadie Seasongoods /

This is seriously charming- so colorful, so friendly- a fresh pop of color on these dreary “it’s-not-Spring-yet” days.  Just what I need to keep me smiling…

If you enjoyed this project, then you may also enjoy this upcycling idea for faux cactus or cactus decor that I also made!

Cactus decor with a Boho vibe by upcycling the post caps into Boho plants


And for some additional upcycling ideas for Spring decor, please feel free to check out this collection of Spring craft projects before you go!

Spring decor ideas and decorating for Spring with these upcycling projects

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  1. I hear what you are saying 🙂 Glad you had the guts to show this faux-quet off! I love it! Very beautiful and you don’t have to worry about it wilting or dying!

  2. I have one of those in a silver metal and love this idea!! Now I have to find cards with flowers and make my own bouquet. Thanks!

  3. This is so lovely!! You picture didn’t show on the actual link party…I hope people still stop by to see this beauty!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! I have Pinned this too!! Don’t forget to come back next week and share some more!! I love having you!

  4. I would never have thought of this, but it looks amazing.

  5. Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

  6. This is a super cute idea!! It looks great 🙂 Thank you so much for attending week 19 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our next party, Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight. Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see 🙂 Have a great day!

  7. What a great idea!! Absolutely love it and definitely have to try that myself!

    All the best wishes from Vienna, Austria

  8. It is just lovely! The colors are fantastic and the jade green is perfect.

  9. This is such a great idea! I have so many of these vintage cards from my Grandmother. This would be a great way to show them off.

    Thanks for linking up over at the Ladies Collective Linkup. Sure hope we’ll see you back next week 😀

    Stephanie @

  10. This is genius! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  11. Such a wonderful idea to add a touch of spring to any room! Thank you for linking up to Idea Box link party!

  12. jann Olson says

    Love this idea! I have used that jade spray paint on the bottom of an old Maytag washer that I planted and love the color. Gave that holder such a vintage feel! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. Very creative. Came to your website via “Funky Junk Interiors” on FB.

  14. this is so creative! It’s adorable!

  15. I just passed on one of these at the thrift shop the other day, now I could just kick myself! lol

  16. This is so neat!! Wow! I need to look for one! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for crafts, recipes, and tips:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  17. This is just adorable! Thank you for sharing!I know what I will keep my eyes open for…

  18. Such a pretty project. Have to tell you that when I saw the B4 picture, the first thing that came to mind was a peacock. Hope I find one of these so I can try something too 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Several people have said the same thing (or turkey), so I expect a few folks to be making them as such! 🙂

  19. Kathy A. says

    As usual, I love it. I wonder if scrapbook paper flowers would work; don’t have any vintage cards, but coordinating papers might work!


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