Sometimes I get an idea in my head and the end result is soooo much better than what I even pictured. This is one of those times (pats herself on back). What makes it even better is that this project took me like ten minutes. I’m so in love with these little tissue puffs of goodness that I may have mentioned it to Chandler no less than 100 times. Apparently, he doesn’t share my enthusiasm for paper flowers.
This idea was born a few months ago when I made some huge tissue flowers for a friend’s baby shower. I tried to make tissue pom poms, but they were just flat, and not looking the way I wanted, so I decided to hang them on my wall and make giant flowers out of them. It was party gold! They were beautiful. Now with Summer almost here, I’m longing big beautiful flowers around, but as I’ve mentioned before, I kill flowers and buying them at the store can get expensive. Enter, the tissue paper flower. Bright, beautiful, and they don’t die.  Here’s how to make your own:
1. Start with 8-10 pieces of tissue paper. Lay the tissue paper out, cut it in half, and then cut that piece in half so you have a stack of tissue paper that’s about 6.5″ x 8.5″ (the bigger your sheets, the bigger your flower).
2. Fold the sheets accordion-style. My folds were about 1/2″ each.
3. Cut the ends into points or you can round them, depending on how you want your petals to look.
4. Tie a piece of yarn really tight in the middle and cut off the ends.
5. Fan out the sheets.
6. Start GENTLY pulling the individual sheets apart–I alternate one side to the other until I eventually reach the middle. Once they’re all fluffed, you can sort of play with them and fluff them some more until you get the look you want.
Finally, I hot glued a felted ball (from one of my favorite shops) in the middle, and attached a wood skewer stem with hot glue, and then fluffed the paper back around the stick so you really can’t even see it.
I’ll be using mine on my mantel, which is finally getting some love after months of neglect, but these are awesome for parties, showers, even wedding decorations. And they don’t need to be on stems. Let’s just say, I’m seeing a garland in my future.




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