in place of my regular "top ten" post on wednesday's, i thought i'd bring you a fun and super easy diy craft for the holidays...or any time of year!

all you need is the following four items:

two packages of 3-ply (typical party napkins) napkins in two sizes - one larger and one smaller; a pair of scissors; some sort of string/stretch to tie

start with the larger napkins:

cut around the outside of the napkin (the ribbed part):

 you can cut it at sharp angles (like mine) or more round and soft:

 do this with at least 2 large and 2 small napkins. if you want a fuller flower, cut out more napkins.

then you just layer the napkins, starting with the larger ones on the bottom:

then lay the smaller ones on top:

then you fold like an accordion (each fold is about 1" wide):

hold the middle of the accordion together:

and tie with your string:

so it looks like a cute little bow tie:

then you just fluff up the napkins, separating them until you get the shape you like:

there will be less of a clear divide in the middle with more napkins:

and there you have it! the perfect homemade poinsettia for the holidays!