Mother's Day paper embroidery boutonniere

DIY Paper Flower Embroidery Boutonniere and Cards

We wanted to make a Mother’s Day boutonnière or corsage that you can make with items you may already have at home since it’s a bit trickier to get materials. Since I’ve been on such an embroidery kick lately, I tried it on paper and LOVED the process. What’s great about it is that you don’t need a hoop since it’s already so sturdy. It creates a thoughtful handmade gift that can be framed afterward.

THEN, I started adding some embroidery onto our new collection of Mother’s Day cards and I love it even more! How sweet is this?! I especially love the little sheep and bunny tail on the “Where would I be without My Mom?” card. I was making it while watching Poldark–fun little tip if you love watching and making like me.

We’ve turned a limited quantity of them into kits so you can get the exact colors and needle with the card. You can see it on our shop here.

You'll Need:

  • Cardstock or Scrapbook Paper
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Mother's Day Cards
  • Mother's Day Embroidery card Kits
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Pin Backing
  • Flower Templates
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

With this paper flower boutonniere, the idea is to have fun and play with your embroidery stitches. You can consult our embroidery guide here. I used this guide and then went to town! Have fun with it! And remember that your mom will probably love it either way 😉

How to make a 2D paper flower boutonniere

As you know, we LOVE 3d crepe paper flowers but we wanted to try something different this time so embroidery on paper it was! You can make it as big or as small as you’d like it to be!

Materials: See list above


  1. Download the flower templates here. The templates come as a PDF or SVG files so you can either handcut them yourself or use a craft cutting machine.
  2. Start by poking holes where you intend to embroider. This will prevent unnecessary poking through the paper. You can see some different types of stitches in our embroidery guide and some tips below.
  3. Create a backing to your arrangement of flowers by cutting our a solid shape from cardstock.
  4. Glue the flowers onto your backing.
  5. Secure a pin backing to the back of the card.


Some shows to watch while you embroider: Poldark, The Office (again), The Beautiful Fantastic.Mother's Day paper embroidery boutonniere

Backstitching the leaves

Here’s the backstitch I used on the leaves for the corsage:

How to embroider a paper leaf

As I mentioned, I got SUPER into the process that I started embroidering onto our new Mother’s Cards and love how they turned out.

Embroider onto your Mother’s Day cards

You just need a little bit of embellishment to add a little something onto the card for impact. You don’t have to plaster it! Just highlight a few of the areas. It’s honestly so fun!

I hadn’t done a French knot since I was a kit so I was so rusty. The strawberries were my first victims and then they got better the more I did.

Look at those sheep! So cute!

Here’s how I did the French knot on the cards

How to do a French knot embroidery

I went French knot CRAZY on this one:

You can find many of the materials on Amazon:

And head over to The House That Lars Built shop for our templates, and kits!

Let us see what you’re making! Tag us with #LarsMakes!


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