Friday Flowers: Paper Plate Magnolias


Between Passover tonight and Easter on Sunday, I suspect a whole lot of people will be getting out the fancy china this weekend. So, if anyone out there needs a last minute way to gussy up the holiday table, magnolia napkin rings are a heckuva nifty option. I don’t even like napkin rings, but these are winning me over.

Plus, let’s be honest, magnolias in April are just about the most beautiful thing on the planet.  If you live in a part of the world where magnolias do not grow, my heart goes out to you, my friend. You are missing out.

Materials for each flower

  • 3 Small Paper Plates
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick or double-stick tape

These suckers are easy to make AND they keep their shape. If you are particular with how you adhere the flower to the napkin ring, you can use it over and over. Or skip the napkin ring and use the flowers for something else.


I came up with this idea because I wanted to make a magnolia that really looked like a magnolia, which is, if you look hard a waxy and lopsided, strange-smelling creature.

Sometimes they resemble frogs more than flowers.

Magnolias are sturdier than most field crops and can survive snow, sun, and even hail, but they will wither away the moment you remove them from their home. They don’t like to be fussed over. Just appreciate them while they are out and let them fall as they will.

I had a teacher once, Mrs. Habig, who said magnolias were God’s assurance that he wants us to be happy. She said it was no coincidence that magnolias were at their prettiest every Easter, at the very time his life was being mourned. Magnolias are a source of strength and comfort when we need those things most.

Then again, Mrs. Habig was a foot washing Baptist who gave me detention for performing the Jem and the Holograms theme song at recess, so her concept of what is good and beautiful was compromised at best.

But I digress….

Magnolias are gorgeous. And I don’t care what God you are worshiping this weekend, or what flowers are blooming in your branches this week, I think we could all make room for something pretty.

Happy Weekend :)

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