I used shish kabob skewers for the stem, Shakespeare book paper, old buttons and ribbon. The base is a wood spool painted gold and glued to a coaster that I covered with Christmas paper.
The lowest papers are about 4 inches and the smallest 1 inch. I used 5 per grouping and fanned them out. I used cardboard between the layers. The ones we had seen used corks but I did not have enough.I am still working on getting them not to lean but I think they came out quite good. I will add them to my Christmas decor when I get that all out.
Thank you for letting me share. I hope you are enjoying this sunny Sunday!