Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tissue paper flowers tutorial ... (and a giveaway)

That is great big tissue paper posies!  I got busy with my mom and dad a couple of days ago, making tissue paper flowers ... some are in big vases, some in mason jars, and even some for little vases ... and still more giant ones, to be hung from the ceiling ...

These are super fun and easy to make ... we did them in bright colours and colour combinations ... My mother is hosting a baby shower for her niece (my cousin) this weekend.  My cousin has finally had her dreams come true and her and her hubby were finally able to adopt a precious baby girl ... i can't wait to meet her!

My cousin has decorated a nursery in a colourful "jungle" theme so we thought we would carry the colour theme forward into the shower, hence the great big tissue paper "jungle" flowers!

 this one looks so zen ... if you can call tissue paper zen ... but it does remind me of a lotus flower ...

These are little ones in a vase ... we made lots of little ones and used the extras as centres for the larger flowers.

Step 1,  Fold the tissue layers diagonal so that they will form a square when unfolded

 Step 2,  cut  off excess paper (the excess can be used to make smaller squares and smaller flower centres)
 Step 3,  accordian fold all of the layers of tissue at the same time.  For giant (hang from the ceiling flowers we used 10 layers, the medium and small flowers we used 4 - 5 layers of tissue)

 Step 4  Tie off at the center (we used ribbon for hanging flowers and pipe cleaners for the smaller flowers)  Also trim the ends of the layers ... we used various edges (see below)

 Step 5, make sure your layers are spread open

 Step 6, start lifting up and fluffing the layers one by one ... be careful, tissue tears easily ... most of these flowers have at least 1 tear in it, but you tend not to notice once they are done

 For pointy edged flowers, (like my "lotus") simply cut a triangle shape ... for spiky flowers like the spiky green blue & white flower, cut the triangle shape, then cut a slit from the tip of the point ... the longer the slit, the more spiky the flower will be, however it will also be a bit more difficult to pull apart the layers.
 for blossom style petals, cut a rounded edge

These are the giant flowers hanging from the ceiling!

Hope you try this, they are super easy and oh, they do look wonderful in pastel colours as well ... suitable for all kinds of celebrations!

I also have a wonderful giveaway happening ... all you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on this blog post.


peace, love & paper y'all ...


Pondside said...

Those are great! I'll bet the shower will be gorgeous with all those blooms.

Anonymous said...

so colorful Jo,
and so bright and cheery!!!
post lots of pics so we can see!

Izzy said...

Great flowers! thanks for sharing the tutorial. Have fun at the jungle themed baby shower ;)

Lynn Stevens said...

Gorgeous big beautiful flowers, I made some years ago, they are so fun to do. Have a great time at the shower!
hugs Lynn

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Wow! This brought back memories of flowers I made long ago! Love the colors and thank so much for the tutorial! Wonderful!!!

Cindy Adkins said...

OMG!!! These are fantastic!! What an amazing post, Jo! I love them!! Wishing you a super-happy weekend!

Cheryl said...

Awesome flowers. I do love my tissue paper. Be fun to make these as gift bag toppers.

Kathy said...

Oooooooooooooh!! Absolutely fabulous flowers Jo!

Anonymous said...

omg. i forgot about these i made these in school when i was a little girl. thank you so much for posting this.