Making tissue paper flowers is simple and they add plenty of colorful impact perfect for Mother's Day, parties, or just a pretty vase. They can be made in various sizes from a boutonniere to extra large bouquets.
One of my craft class students walked us through the making of these beautiful delights. Here's what Sandy showed us:
- Sheets of standard sized tissue paper
- Floral wire
- Floral tape
How to make this
- For a medium sized flower, fold one tissue paper sheet in half
- Fold the sheet again into thirds, bringing the outer edges towards the middle
- Cut the folds so that you end up with 6 squares of tissue
- Fan-fold the stack of tissues - starting at one edge of the paper, fold the sheets about 1 inch and crease, then flip the tissue stack over and fold the tissues 1 inch and crease, flip the stack over, and continue until you reach the other edge of the stack. The folds should be even in size.
- Fold the center of the "fan" in half.
- Cut the floral wire into a 10 inch length, or more or less depending on how tall you want your flower to stand.
- Bend one end of the floral wire over about 2 inches.
- Place the center fold of the fan into the fold of the wire and twist the wire around itself to close it.
- Wind a strip of floral tape around the wire to hide it.
- Use scissors to cut an oval shape at each end of the fan. Of course, I don't follow directions well, so I cut my tips into a pointed shape.
- Push each side of the fan outwards into a cup-like shape.
- Gently separate each sheet and pull them towards the center.
- Fluff the sheets into a pleasing shape.
To make a large sized flower, follow the above steps but instead of folding the sheets in half and thirds, simply start the fan-fold process and go from there.
Smaller flowers can be made just by making your tissue stack into smaller squares.
Try using multiple sheets of tissue for a fuller flower or using more than one color of tissue at a time for a variegated look.
How pretty and fun!