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How To Make A Scandinavian Flower Doodle Decoration

Regular readers of Pillar Box Blue will know how much I love Scandinavian and Nordic-inspired crafts. This time I’ve made a lovely flower doodle decoration.

The design of these flower decorations was very heavily influenced by the cool prints of Marimekko. For this craft, you can copy or print my flower doodles, or create your own. I also think that floral doodles from adult colouring books would also work well with this craft.

This was a very easy and affordable craft that only took under an hour to make. I think it is a cool floral craft for both adults and teenagers.

There is a printable how to card at the end of the post to save for later.

scandi doodle flower art

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What You Need

What you need to make scandi decoration

The Flower Doodles

1.. The first thing to do is to draw the flowers. I drew six different flower doodles, three were circular and the other three a simple poppy shape.

For the round flowers, I first drew a circle about 6cm in diameter, and then being inspired by the Marimekko Siirtolapuutarha print I filled in the circles with doodles.

Marimekko Floral decoration

The poppy-shaped flower was based on the Marimekko Unikko design. I just drew a simple poppy shape and again filed them in with doodles.

Marimekko inspired floral doodles

Don’t worry about the doodles being perfect, the childlike look to the flower drawings only just adds to their charm. If you want you can print out my floral doodles here.

Scandinavian Floral Doodles

How To Turn The Doodles Into A Decoration

2. Next, drill six holes into the top of the birch branch stump, one for each flower. Randomly space the holes out, a rotary drill tool or a drill with a very small drill bit would work really well for this.

The holes need to be just wide enough to hold the cooper craft wire. The holes should be about 1 inch (2.5cm) in-depth

Drilling holes into the stump.

3. Next, I painted the flowers with some watercolour inks in various pinks (they were leftover from my Valentine’s paper mache heart decoration). As the flowers are going to be cut out, no need to stay within the pen lines. Actually, it is best if you do go over the outside lines a little.

painting flower doodles

4. Then, cut out each painted flower doodle, just using sharp paper scissors.

cutting out the flowers

5. Next, cut the copper wire into six lengths between 20-30 cm. You don’t want the wires to be the same length as the flowers will be displayed at different heights.

Tape a flower doodle to the end of the copper wire, using washi tape on the back of the flower.

sticking wire to flower

6. To finish off stick the other end of the copper wire into one of the holes in the top of the birch stump.

How to make a Scandinavian flower decoration

Then add the other flower doodles one by one, arranging the flowers until you are happy with the arrangement. The cooper wire is easy to bend and shape to help with your floral arrangement.

Scandi Flower Doodle decoration
floral doodle flower paper decoration

With this craft, it’s easy to play around with the floral arrangement by moving the wires around or bending them into different positions.

Flower Crafts

You can also experiment with different floral designs and colours. I have a few floral adult colouring books, and I think some of the flowers in them would look great arranged in a display, like this one.

These floral displays would make a lovely handmade birthday or Mother’s day gift. They have the advantage in that they will never die. And provide a bright cheery decoration for any mantle.

I’ve used these designs to make Marimekko shrink plastic earrings.

Flowers are one of my favourtie ways to decorate my home, and I have many handcrafted floral displays around my home. From beautiful map roses to denim bouquets, fabric flowers made from old bedsheets to a giant pineapple-shaped paper flower display.

I also find unique ways to display these floral displays, from paper vases, Boho leather vases, hanging denim mason jar vases, and teacup wall vases.

Yield: Paper flower decoration

Scandinavian Doodle Flower Decoration

Scandinavian Doodle Flower Decoration

A very simple Scandinavian-style paper craft to create a beautiful flower doodle decoration for your mantle. A great craft for adults and teens that would also make a lovely homemade gift for a birthday, housewarming, or Mother's day.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Watercolour paper an A4 pad
  • Copper craft wire about 2mm in thickness
  • Washi tape or masking tape
  • Birch branch stump or a wood slice
  • Watercolour drawing inks in shades of pink
  • Fine liner black ink drawing pens


  • Rotary tool or drill with small drill bit
  • Scissors


  1. First, using the fine liner drawing pen, doodle six different Scandinavian style flowers. Each flower is about 6cm in diameter, I used Marimekko designs as inspiration. Adult colouring books of flowers could be used as an alternative or you can download my flower doodles from the blog post.
  2. Next, paint the flower doodles with bright pink watercolour inks. When the ink has dried then cut out each flower with scissors.
  3. Next, drill six small holes into the top of the birch branch stump. The hole needs to be just big enough to fit the craft wire. Drill the holes to a depth of about 2 cm.
  4. Then, cut six lengths of copper wire, between 20-30cm in length. The wires should be in a variety of lengths so that the flowers in the display can be at different heights.
  5. Next, tape the top of the wire to the back of the watercolour flower, using washi tape. You should end up with six Scandi style paper flowers with wire stems.
  6. To finish, stick each wire stem into the top of the birch branch stump. Bend and arrange the doodle flowers into a pleasing bouquet.

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Another craft that uses the same wire display is this cute DIY Halloween felt craft.

Find more of my decorative crafts here.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Such a cute project and one that you could have so much fun making different types of flowers. Thank you for sharing it this week. #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Friday 11th of June 2021

Thank you, yes you can doodle any flower or even cut some out from adult colouring books.

Kathleen Aherne

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

These flowers are so different and easy enough for most to enjoy making. We will feature it in the next Blogger's Pit Stop. Thank you for sharing with us and I hope the feature will inspire more craft. Kathleen

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Thank you, yes they are very easy to make.


Tuesday 8th of June 2021

This is the cutest ever craft!!! I always love the ones that you do that are inspired by the Marimekko designs. (Decoupaging those red/yellow/orange Maimekko napkins on sneakers is on my to-do list!)

I'm going to feature this at our Party in Your PJs link party that starts tonight.

As always, thank you, thank you, thank you for participating in our party and sharing your wonderful ideas. They are so inspiring and wonderful!!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Thank you so much, I just love the simple colourful designs of Marimekko and they inspire me. Thank you so much for hosting.

Marie B.

Friday 4th of June 2021

These doodle flowers are awesome, especially the colors too. I've got to show these to my doodle-loving friend, she'll love them. Or better yet, maybe I should make her some for her birthday!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 4th of June 2021

Thank you, Marie it was fun to be able to display them and very therapeutic making them. I think they would make a lovely alternative to a flower bouquet and will last longer.


Friday 4th of June 2021

They are just gorgeous! Spookily I doodled some flowers on scraps of patterned paper and shared them on IG just the other day - great minds think alike! I love how you have displayed them.

Claire Armstrong

Friday 4th of June 2021

Thank you Julie, great crafting minds think alike 🤣

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