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DIY Guide: How to make sleeves for flowers

by Faith

Making sleeves for flowers is a great way to wrap and organize flower arrangements. Sleeves keep flowers organized and looking fresh, and they’re much easier to make than you think! In this tutorial, we’ll walk through the steps of making a sleeve out of old Christmas lights. This is an inexpensive alternative to store-bought sleeves that look just as good if not better!

How to make sleeves for flowers

To make a sleeve, you’ll need:

  • Floral foam or styrofoam balls (You can find these at craft stores.)
  • A pen or pencil to trace around the sphere.
  • Wire cutters to cut the wire, and a pair of pliers to help bend it into shape.


  • Paper towel roll or toilet paper roll.
  • Scissors.
  • Glue gun and glue sticks.
  • Ribbon or twine for embellishments, if desired.

Step 1

To make the sleeves for flowers, cut a rectangle of paper that is around 3 inches wide and 7 inches long. Fold your paper in half down the center, then fold up and over the bottom edge so that it meets with the top edge. Now you have a nice little pocket to slide your flower stems into!

Step 2

Once you’ve got your sleeve made and attached, it’s time to glue it on. The best way to do this is with a hot glue gun. The heat of the glue will help the sleeve stay in place while also slightly melting into the flower itself so that there’s less chance of it falling off or becoming loose over time.

To be sure your glue gun is sufficiently hot, take a piece of cardboard and test out how quickly it melts when on its lowest setting (the tip should melt almost immediately). If necessary, adjust accordingly until you find the right temperature that works for both your sleeves and flowers without damaging either one too much.

Once you’ve found an appropriate temperature and quantity/length/thickness options for your sleeves—and have put them aside to cool down—your flowers are ready for gluing! Simply gently press each lace onto each stem as desired (there may be some overlap if you’re using multiple layers).

Step 3

Wrap the flower in the fabric and secure it with a rubber band around the base of the flower. Repeat for each of your flowers, making sure to wrap all sides tightly so that no petals show through.

Making sleeves for flowers is a great way to wrap and organize flower arrangements.

You can use plain paper or colored paper, depending on your preference. You can also use a variety of different materials, such as fabric, plastic wrap and bubble wrap.

Sleeves are versatile and come in many sizes so you can easily find one that will fit your flowers nicely. They’re also made in different shapes so they’ll suit any type of flower you want to make into a bouquet or other arrangement — whether it’s round or square doesn’t matter! In fact, if you’ve got an unusual shape like a cylinder (like the vase seen here), then it’s even easier because there won’t be any need for cutting anything beforehand either!

This DIY project only requires some simple tools: scissors/craft knife; ruler; pen; pencil eraser (to clean up mistakes); tape measurer (if needed).


With a few simple supplies and some patience, anyone can make sleeves for flowers. These pretty organizers are great for keeping your bouquets looking fresh and tidy so that they’re ready to be used again!

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