Friday, May 13, 2011

flowers and things

Looks like I was wrong about not having time to post, because here I am with a tutorial! I made mini tissue paper flowers with my kids at work, and made some of them into a floral crown. It turned out so cute I had to share the instructions with you, Internet.

So: here's what you need.

-at least 5 colors of tissue paper
-floral wire

First, cut your tissue paper into small rectangles. Mine were about 2.5" by 3.5", but they don't have to be exact. Yours can be a little bigger or smaller, depending on how big you want your flowers to be. (These instructions also work for making GIANT flowers, which the kids enjoyed just as much. They don't make very good crowns, though.) Pick out 5 sheets, and cut a piece of floral wire about 4 inches long.


Next, stack your tissue paper sheets and accordion-fold them together the whole way across.


Fold the end of your floral wire (at least half an inch) over the middle of your tissue paper, and twist it tightly in place.


The next part can be a little tricky. Start pulling the individual 'petals' of your flower apart. Work from the center outwards.


Once you've separated all the petals, you should have a lovely, fluffy tissue-paper flower!


If you want to make your flowers into a crown, you'll need to make a bunch-- I used 7 for mine. Take a looooong piece of floral wire, and make a loop big enough to fit securely around your head. I wrapped mine around three times, so it would be extra-sturdy, and twisted the ends into place. Then twist the long 'stems' of your flowers around the loop, making sure not to leave too much space between blossoms. This was the best picture I could get of myself wearing my crown:


Hope you have fun making your own crown, or just turning out bunches of blooms!

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